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 2017 we've increased the recycling rate to 41%.

New waste and recycling program

binsEvery 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 typeItems that can go in this binItems that can't go in this bin
Paper recycling (blue)

Waste blue bin

  • Photocopy paper
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Glossy brochures
  • Manilla folders
  • Carbon paper
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Rubber
  • Gummed labels
  • Food wrappers
  • Facial tissues
  • Waxed paper and cardboard
  • Cigarette packaging
  • Food scraps
  • Dead flowers
  • Milk cartons
  • Window-faced envelopes
Mixed recycling (yellow)

Yellow recycle bin

  • Photocopy paper
  • Cardboard
  • Milk cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastics coded R 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aluminium cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cardboard coffee cups
  • Steel cans
  • Polystyrene labelled (4)
  • Crockery and ceramics
  • Carbon paper
  • Food scraps
  • Food wrappers
  • Rubber
  • Waxed boxes

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 phones

Mobile Muster phone recycling collection points are located at all libraries.

Fluorescent lights

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.