Recycling bins were installed at the Kensington campus in early 2012 so we could recycle and re-use more of our waste. The 240-litre stainless red and yellow bins are campus-wide, easily recognisable and themselves made from stainless steel and ecowood or recycled plastic. Recyclable containers (plastic and aluminium cans) go in the yellow bins and general waste goes in the red bins.
In 2014 our campuses and facilities produced 1500 tonnes of general waste Not all of this is ‘waste’, with plenty of good resources suitable for recycling just put in the wrong place – this includes anything that is recyclable in waste (red) bins or recycling bin contents that have been partially ‘contaminated’ by general waste.
Recycling: 5 things you can do
- The best way to avoid waste and unnecessary use of resources is to think second-hand first! Buy used or unwanted items via Ebay, Gumtree or even check out op-shops and garage sales (this makes shopping even more fun). There are also some great sharing sites around, including everything from vegetables to chainsaws.
- Reduce your consumptions of packaged goods. Consider some ‘naked’ lunches for uni (that’s food without wrapping or packaging). Some people even make a game of this, seeing who can go longest without packaged food and drink.
- Always use the right bin for recycling or waste. Recyclables into the red waste bin might end up in landfill. Waste in the yellow recycling bin might contaminate clean recyclables (which could see the entire contents of the bin missing out on recycling).
- Recycle your old mobile phones, printer cartridges and batteries via our free recycling programs. There are convenient drop-off locations and some of this raises money for worthy environmental initiatives.
- Arrange for e-waste collections and consider donating or buying from our recycled furniture outlet.
Less than one-fifth of what goes in bins goes to landfill
Before general waste is sent to landfill, we have initiatives to separate any recyclable materials, including organics (food and garden wastes) and create soil improvement products, including compost. Now we recycle over 70% of waste, means less than 30% of our collected material goes to landfill – a great achievement, but still with plenty of room for improvement!