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Environmental sustainability

Recycling program for batteries, fluorescent and mixed globes update

Deakin University ran a six month pilot recycling program for batteries, fluorescent tubes and mixed light globes at the beginning of 2012. The program contributes to the University’s target to reduce waste to landfill by 25% by 2012 (from 2009 baseline data).

Over a three month period the pilot program diverted over 3000 florescent tubes and mixed globes and over 2500 batteries from landfill. As a result the successful trial will now be a permanent service from 2013.

M = Melbourne Burwood Campus
G = Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
W = Warrnambool Campus

Why recycle batteries, fluorescent and mixed globes?

Most batteries and globes contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, zinc and nickel. Throwing unwanted globes and batteries into landfill contaminates underground water supplies, putting both the environment and human health at risk.

How to participate

Fluorescent and mixed globes: Complete a work request to have blown lights replaced and recycled by Facilities Services Division.

The following globes are recyclable:

  • Linear Fluorescent Tubes
  • U-Shaped & Coated Fluorescents
  • High Pressure Mercury Vapour
  • High Pressure Sodium Vapour
  • Metal Halide
  • Ultraviolet
  • Projector Lamps
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • Incandescent Lamps
  • Neon Tubing

Batteries: Collect unwanted batteries in a suitable container and email sustainability@deakin.edu.au to arrange to drop them off at the nearest collection point.

Table 1: Drop off points

Melbourne Burwood Campus K
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus lc
Warrnambool Campus K

Batteries can be collected at Geelong Waterfront Campus and taken to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus collection point for recycling.

The following batteries are recyclable:

Single use batteries Rechargable batteries
Torches Mobile and cordless phones
Radios Laptop computers
Calculators Digital and video cameras
TV/Stereo remote controls Electric shavers
Smoke alarms Cordless power tools

Pilot Program DON'TS

Do not handle leaking batteries, broken tubes or globes without proper personal protective gear.
Do not bring batteries or globes in from home, they are not accepted in the University pilot program, contact your local Council.

For more information about recycling batteries and globes please download the Frequently Asked Questions factsheet (126 KB)

Did you know?

Information Technology Services and the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation are collecting their own batteries for recycling following the same system as the pilot program.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

29th January 2013