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The waste minimisation program aims to continuously improve the Deakin’s resource recovery in line the Waste Management Hierarchy (figure 1) legislated under the Environment Protection Act, 1970.
The most preferred option for managing waste is to avoid it in the first place and the least preferred option is to dispose of waste to landfill
Figure 1: Waste Management Hierarchy
NOTE: These targets are currently under review
Office recycling helps the University meet its Environmental Sustainability targets and contributes to the state of Victoria’s Towards Zero Waste Strategy targets.
Deakin University targets are currently under review
Victoria’s Towards Zero Waste Strategy target:
Increase the recovery of commercial and industrial materials to 80% from 2005 levels by 2014.
Find out more about the Towards Zero Waste Strategy
How was the structure of the new office recycling program developed?
Deakin University’s new office recycling system has been designed in accordance with Standards Australia 4123.7:2006 for mobile garbage bins and away from home signage guidelines.
The new system encourages avoiding and reducing waste that would otherwise end up in landfill and aligned to the legislated Waste Management Hierarchy.
During the roll out:
Have more questions - please download the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers sheet (449 KB)
It can be confusing to know what can be recycled especially when it comes to plastics. Plastics that are coded 1 to 7 can be placed in the commingled (mixed) recycle bins.
You can identify the code by checking for a number inside a triangle usually on the bottom of the plastic item.
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus information session dates and times:
|Thursday 7 March||12:00pm-12:45pm||G- ka5.321|
|Friday 8 March||12:00pm-12:45pm||G- ka5.321|
|Wednesday 13 March||13:00pm-13:45pm||LT1 - Peter Thwaites|
|Monday 15 April||12:00pm-12:45pm||B- HD2.006|
|Tuesday 16 April||12:00pm-12:45pm||B- HD2.005 (LT13)|
|Wednesday 17 April||12:00pm-12:45pm||B- HD2.006|
Installation and improvement of Public Place Recycling (PPR) bins and signage across all Campuses has been designed to minimise waste by increasing recycling in high-use outdoor public areas such as food outlets. For more information down load the PPR fact sheet.
Photo: New Public Place Recycling bin design, 2012
After a successful trial that resulted in diversion of 3000 florescent tubes and mixed globes and over 2500 batteries from landfill in just three months, Deakin University will continue to provide the program permanently from 2013.
Why recycle globes and batteries?
Most globes and batteries contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, zinc and nickel. Throwing unwanted globes and batteries into landfill can contaminate underground water supply, a risk to both the environment and human health.
Photo: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
To find out what is accepted in the program and how to participate click here.