Water, waste and recycling

Water is a precious commodity and as such, we strive to increase our water efficiency across our campuses – reducing the amount of drinkable water we use for services and harvesting rain water. 

We also promote the importance of waste management and encourage staff and students to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Food waste to fertiliser

We recently conducted a trial of food waste processing technology. The trial showed that from one kitchen and dining room in just a two-month period we can save around 14 tonnes of food waste from going to landfill.  

During the trial, this waste was turned into a fertiliser to use in the vegetable garden that supplies the kitchen with fresh produce.

We've since carried out waste audits at each of our campuses and identified areas for improvement for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

E-waste and recycling

We aim to recycle everything at Deakin – from batteries, mobile phones and tablets to cartridges, paper and cardboard.

University-owned IT equipment such as desktops and laptops are all recycled, and we're creating centralised collection points at each campus for staff to drop off old mobile phones and tablets.

We aim to reuse or recycle these devices to reduce raw materials and energy used for manufacturing new products.

Water consumption

We aim to reduce the consumption of water across all campuses and increase water security. We have water efficient buildings which are 5 star with fixtures and fittings, and rainwater harvesting at two of our campuses. 

We're also exploring options for water capture and reuse, and developing a water management plan to keep our campuses as water efficient as possible.