Mixed waste bins launch across UNSW

14 Nov 2018
Mixed waste bins

New mixed waste bins are being rolled out over the coming months, replacing the existing external bins on campus.

This change is part of UNSW’s waste management plan. It involves processing waste offsite, with over 90% diverted from landfill and recycled, composted or converted to energy. The new waste service will eliminate contamination issues and reduce truck movements across campus.

The new bin design will be popping up in 140 different spots across UNSW from late 2018 to early 2019. All the old red and yellow metal bin enclosures are being recycled responsibly.

Mixed waste bins should be used for all sorts of general waste, including food waste. 

All collected mixed waste is transported to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where it is separated into food, co-mingled waste (plastics, glass and metals) and paper. Recovered materials are recycled, composted or converted to processed engineered fuel for energy recovery, with a small residual amount sent to landfill.

Dedicated recycling facilities exist around campus for single-use containers, paper, batteries, polystyrene and mobile phones. You can find more information about how to recycle your waste on the Sustainability website.

For more information about waste services, contact emgeneralservices@unsw.edu.au.

Waste infographic