Waste and recycling
It costs three times more to send waste to landfill than to recycle waste. Recycling not only saves precious resources but it also saves money.
In 2012 the University recycled 29% of total waste with the remainder going to landfill. By 2016 we've increased the recycling rate to 37%.
New waste and recycling program
Every workstation now has a new desktop and under-desk recycling bin. We've also been installing central waste and recycling stations throughout all buildings. Staff will be required to empty their personal waste into the nearest central waste station.
So far the program has been very successful with departments immediately increasing their recycling content by 50% with the new bins.
See our short video on our desktop bins program:
Our three-bin system
We have opted for a three-bin system:
- Waste-to-landfill - these bins are red
- Paper recycling - these bins have blue lids and blue signage
- Mixed recycling - these bins have yellow lids and yellow signage
In all office areas you will find a paper recycling bin with a blue lid. Each staff member is responsible for emptying their personal paper waste into these bins.
At each campus you will find recycling stations in outside areas, consisting of a waste-to-landfill bin and a mixed recycling bin. The mixed recycling bin is marked with a yellow triangle and has yellow signage on it.
What can be recycled?
Download the comprehensive What can be recycled at FedUni list (pdf, 320kb)
|Bin type||Items that can go in this bin||Items that can't go in this bin|
Paper recycling (blue)
Mixed recycling (yellow)
Other waste recycled
Toner cartridge recycling
Cartridge recycling is available through Konika Minolta - Cartridges for Planet Ark. Toner cartridge bins have been placed around each campus or contact us to find your nearest toner cartridge bin.
Mobile Muster phone recycling collection points are located at all libraries.
Fluorescent globes contain mercury that will eventually leach into waterways from landfill sites. The University safely disposes all fluorescent globes into a special container which is collected by our waste contractor.
All electronic waste is collected by IT Services and taken to a holding depot. If you have e-waste in your area then log a job with the Service Desk and ITS staff will collect and safely recycle. Approximately 98-99% of the e-waste is recycled. The University recycles 7 tonnes of e-waste per year.
- Waste to landfill poster (pdf, 4.9mb)
- Paper recycling poster (bins with blue lids) (pdf, 3.5mb)
- Mixed recycling poster (bins with yellow lids) (pdf, 4.1mb)
- Paper and cardboard recycling box sign (pdf, 70kb)