Waste and recycling
At UTS we strive to minimise waste going to landfill by recycling over 80% of the general waste stream.
Ways we reduce the volume of waste include;
- Greener purchasing – minimising unnecessary procurement, choosing more efficient products, and helping to ‘close-the-loop’ by purchasing new products made from recycled materials.
- Refilling water bottles – encouraging students and staff to re-fill.
- Reducing disposable cups – campus retailers offer discounts and incentives if you BYO refillable cup or lunch box.
- Books - borrowing books from the Library is more sustainable than buying your own. Borrowing, swapping and renting is also a good idea. Zookal is a company run by UTS alumni where you can rent books.
UTS recycles over 80% of our general waste. The general waste bins in public areas and offices are ‘co-mingled’ meaning all waste goes into the one bin, which is sorted off-campus into recyclable and non-recyclable items.
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There are also specialised bins in certain areas for the following dedicated recycling waste streams;
- E-waste – computers, mobiles and toner cartridges
- Fluoro tubes and bulbs
- Construction waste
- Food waste
Hazardous waste is any material that carries the risk of potential harm to public health or the environment. UTS Safety & Wellbeing coordinates the safe collection and disposal of hazardous waste generated as by-products from UTS's teaching and research activities.
There is an online chemical inventory database to help staff manage chemical stocks in accordance with requirements. The system helps prevent unnecessary purchasing (and storage) of chemicals by allowing staff to search for chemicals already stored at the university. This saves time and money and prevents the build-up of chemicals. Since the system was introduced over 11,000 chemicals have been listed and staff from over 100 locations are now using it.
Chemical, clinical and biological wastes are collected and disposed of by licensed specialists. Contact Safety & Wellbeing if you have a question about the disposal of hazardous waste at UTS.
Ways you can help
- In offices and labs it's best to place paper in the dedicated paper recycling bins. If you need one email email@example.com.
- Recycle e-waste, batteries and print cartridges
- Print double-sided, reduce your printing margins and use scrap paper to print drafts. Even better, go digital and avoid printing altogether
- Print multiple pages to one
- In the Food Court make sure all compostable packaging goes in the correct compostable bin (the maroon one)
- Take your own cup to cafés and food outlets. Refuse styrofoam packaging.
- Use refillable water bottles
- Buy second hand books and other items