SCU aims to minimise environmental harm from our waste management and disposal. Waste reduction and recycling can avoid greenhouse gas, save water and energy, conserve resources and improve the health of our soils. If every household in NSW recycled 3.76kg per week, that would be the equivalent of taking 55,000 cars off the road permanently.
SCU adopts the Reduce, Re-use and Recycle approach to waste management:
- Reduce - the amount of waste we produce in the first place
- Re-use - repair or find new uses for items we might otherwise throw away
- Recycle - buy recycled products, and recycle your recyclables!
What is the University doing?
The University has implemented a wide range of initiatives to manage our waste in a responsible manner.
- Boxes are provided for recycling paper in staff offices and at printers, photocopiers and communal areas.
- At Lismore Campus confidential and other paper waste is shredded for garden mulch.
- Cardboard is compacted and baled for sale.
- Main congregation areas have bins for co-mingled recycling as well as general waste bins.
- Garden waste is composted.
- Furniture and equipment no longer required is stored for re-use where feasible.
- Toner cartridges are collected for re-use.
- Replaced fluorescent light tubes are recycled.
- Polystyrene packaging materials are collected and sent to Council's Recycling and Recovery Centre in Lismore for re-processing.
- e-Waste is recycled via Lismore and Coffs Harbour City Council's e-Waste initiatives, part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Items are broken down in Australia into their individual parts and materials. The components and materials are then processed so that the valuable resources can be recovered and reused when manufacturing new products.
- Old fridges are de-gassed and scrap metal recovered.
- The Co-op Resource Recovery Collection Station recycles the following used items: Mobile Phones, Batteries, Smoke Detectors, Printer Cartridges, CDs and DVDs, Corks, Reading Glasses & X-Rays.
- SCU has now increased the frequency of collection for the confidential blue bins around campus to ensure they don't overfill and we lose the opportunity to capture paper waste.
- The Uni is recycling building materials such as excess steel, aluminium etc when buildings are demolished, and one of the considerations when assessing tenders from demolishers is the percentage of materials they will recycle.
What can I do?
- Avoid single-use, disposable items - bring a re-useable drink bottle and fill it at the water stations located on campus. Use a keep-cup for takeaway coffee; bring packed lunches in re-usable containers.
- Before discarding any item consider if it can be first reused or re-purposed.
- Return used toner cartridges to Stores for recycling; recycle all old electronic equipment including mobile phones.
- Use rechargeable batteries where possible, and recycle used non-rechargeable batteries.
- Learn what can be put in the recycling bins on campus - hard plastics, glass, steel, aluminium, milk and juice cartons, paper and cardboard. If you need a recycling bin in your work area please contact Facilities Management and Services.
- Take the time to learn about how SCU manages our waste, where bins are located and why.