Please find a quick overview of waste management information at the University below and visit our A-Z of Sustainability for a detailed look into how we process a variety of waste. You can download the posters below by clicking on them or visit the Resources section of our A-Z these and other posters.
Waste and recycling bin stations (above) are provided in all new open offices for staff and students to deposit recycling and landfill waste. Please see below for what goes in each bin and posters above bin stations serve as a helpful reminder.
All recyclables – plastic and glass bottles, paper, aluminium cans, steel cans, takeaway food containers etc. should be placed in the YELLOW recycling labelled bins.
In the bins for recyclable materials, you can place:
- All types of clean paper and cardboard
- Empty glass bottles and jars
- Empty milk and juice containers
- Empty plastic containers
- Empty aluminum and steel cans
All other materials that do not fit into the above categories e.g. chip packets, cling-wrap, food scraps, plastic forks, extinguished cigarette butts, etc. should be thrown into the RED landfill labelled waste bins.
Mini Bin System
Please note there will no longer be any Mini-Bins provided for new staff as we transition to the bin stations above. Any staff who have the old Mini-Bin system can continue using it but making sure to empty waste themselves at bin stations where applicable.
Bin liners at the University
It's very unfortunate if some people have misunderstood the using of clear liners for some recycling bins to mean that the contents would not be recycled. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. They are there to distinguish the recycling from the black bags of landfill waste. Please read more about it under the Recycling section of our FAQ page.
The way old IT equipment, including computers, is disposed of at the university depends on whether your department is a customer of Infrastructure Services or not. Please check the details below for more information.
Electronic Asset Reuse and Disposal
The University has become increasingly aware of the issues caused by disposal of electronic Waste (E-waste) worldwide and consequently has decided to address the disposal of unwanted electronic equipment in a consistent, environmentally conscious manner.
Please click here for information on disposal of electronic assets (including mobile phones and their accessories) and e-waste.
Data Erasure & Evidence of Destruction
During the disposal process, all data will be erased from hardware and the equipment will then be recycled by the University's approved providers. These providers have been assessed for their ability to manage the University's compliance with information management and information security requirements.
Electronic asset and E-waste disposal remains sole responsibility of the University of Melbourne Campus Assist team.
How to establish a Worm Farm
- Seek permission from your department and acquire a small benchtop receptacle for your food waste.
- Put up easy-to-read signage indicating what types of kitchen waste can and can't be put into the bins. These can be downloaded from our resources page.
- Set up a roster of people to look after it.
- The worm farm needs very little ongoing maintenance, just a stir with a trowel once a week and the castings and liquid waste removed periodically.
|What to add to your office compost:||What not to add:|
Vegetable and fruit scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds, flowers.
Animal products (meat, dairy, etc), magazines, synthetic chemicals.
Choose a container that works for you and is easy to carry and find a location somewhere in your office kitchen. Label it clearly so that it does not get mistaken for landfill waste. It's important to emphasise no animal products are to go in the compost. Paper towels and other biodegradable things are OK although it's best to stick to only food waste.
Depending on how much accumulates in the bin, you will need to empty the bin 1-2 times a week.
- Bringing the compost home for personal garden use.
- Donating the compost to the University's Community Garden, located off Monash Rd, in between buildings 161 and 163.
If you would like to start a Compost Bin at home, download Sustainability Victoria's handy composting PDF.