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As the university begins its next chapter in its institutional identity, each department is taking stock of the Ryerson-branded items used and distributed in our work and developing plans for how best to re-purpose these materials. 

Our institution strives to uphold its commitment to sustainability and good environmental stewardship. Together we have a responsibility to ensure that the transition is not wasteful, recognizing the costs of replacement and the environmental impacts of disposal.

Thoughtfully supporting a sustainable renaming

The Branded Materials Transition Project provides an opportunity to reuse, upcycle or recycle a wide range of Ryerson-branded materials, including merchandise, apparel, stationery, and keepsakes.

When taking stock, it’s important to think about items such as mugs, mouse pads and USB sticks that are currently in use and still within their useful lifespan - these continue to have value and don’t necessarily need to be disposed of. Letterhead and envelopes can continue to be used internally by printing on the reverse side and using address labels, for example. 

There are also many items that people may have in their offices, kitchenettes, administrative spaces and personal wardrobes that serve as personal reminders of positive experiences and accomplishments at the university as a student, faculty or staff. There is no need to get rid of these items if they still have value or use to you.

Drop off your Ryerson-branded materials

Phase one of the project is underway with the ongoing collection of professional and office items that carry our former name. 

In tandem with these efforts, we are now launching phase two of the project, where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to bring in all Ryerson-branded materials they would like to see transitioned in a responsible manner. 

Throughout September and October, drop off branded gear at the following location to have it recycled, upcycled or reused:

  • Thursdays 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - MAC 3319 - open access to the general public 

How to manage your Ryerson-branded materials: We’re here to help!

To support TMU departments and community groups with materials that can no longer be appropriately used or distributed, the Branded Materials Transition Project team can provide guidance and assistance to help collect these assets and direct them toward new, useful purposes. 

The team has researched and identified avenues to upcycle, reuse and recycle various streams of materials, including institutional and personal goods such as:

  • Ryerson, RU, RAMS merchandise, apparel and swag (e.g. t-shirts, hoodies, lanyards)
  • Stationery that is not suitable for continued use until depletion (e.g. business cards, postcards and calendars)
  • Signage, banners, frames and binders

As well, the Branded Materials Transition Project team is working with TMU Archives & Special Collections to ensure that appropriate materials are retained for historical purposes.

If you, your team or your department have Ryerson-branded materials targeted for disposal, contact the Branded Materials Transition Project to help identify alternate solutions to landfill. Fill out the google form Branded Materials Transition Project form , external link as a starting point to help us get a sense of the scope of the materials that you have. We have and continue to develop local partnerships with organizations that can accommodate a variety of materials from textiles to electronics. 

We’ll work with you to figure it out!

Diversion streams and participating organizations

Materials will be sorted and assessed first for reusability, then upcycling through partnerships with community groups and collaboration with sustainability programs.

The Scadding Court Sewing Hub , external link accepts donated clothing and other repurposed textiles to support their skills-training sewing program where residents can learn how to perform repairs and alterations as well as design and make clothing.

The Material Exchange (MEX); a program between Partners in Project Green (PPG) with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Participants can exchange a variety of materials ranging from textiles and electronics to medical equipment and items to support education.

As part of a research project that will focus on responsible textile sorting and recycling, Dr. Anika Kozlowski , Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Ethics & Sustainability at The Creative School, will partner with the Department of Athletics & Recreation. Together they will commission and mentor up to twenty alumni fashion designers for a special upcycled gear project.

Fashion alumni will take all materials collected, including Ryerson Rams varsity team uniforms, and create a limited edition collection of commemorative upcycled fashion items. These one-of-a-kind fashion pieces will then be showcased on the runway at a sustainable fashion show at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) in November 2022. All proceeds from this event will go towards a BIPOC Student Fund.

Toronto Met’s Facilities Services’ waste management program also ensures that pre-sorted materials are picked up separately and go directly to recycling centres. The university participates in a number of specialized recycling programs to help reduce unnecessary landfill waste, including:

  • Electronic devices
  • Pens, markers and other writing utensils
  • Binders
  • Scrap metal, acrylic, styrene and ABS that are commonly used in signage and display materials

You can find out more about TMU’s waste management program at the Waste page of the Sustainability Office’s website.

Contact us

Contact Gina Vaccaro at if you have specific questions about branded items and options the program may have to divert them from landfill.

Interested in volunteering? Here’s how you can get involved

The Branded Materials Transition Project is an initiative with a broad and diverse scope and it would benefit greatly from the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of our community.  If you would like to participate as a volunteer to support this sustainability initiative, please contact Gina Vaccaro at .

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