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.

The A-Z of waste

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

Food waste to compost

Since introducing composting on campus in 2018, we've diverted 128 tonnes of food from landfill bins. Organics collection bins are available in all Deakin libraries, hospitality venues and microwave hubs, with the waste being sent to composting facilities local to our campuses.


Deakin’s e-waste is diverted from landfill and collected by GDP Industries – a Geelong based Australian Disability Enterprise and not-for-profit that provides training, work experience and supported local employment for adults and young people with disabilities. Items collected by GDP are either reused or disassembled for resource recovery.

Water consumption

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

Our Integrated Water Management (IWM) Plan for Waurn Ponds focuses on best-practice water management across interconnected aspects of the water cycle:

  • water sources
  • sewerage
  • stormwater and drainage
  • natural waterways
  • water in the landscape
  • social and economic values of water.

The priority projects from this plan will demonstrate best-practice water management by securing an alternate water source for the campus, managing stormwater and mitigating flood risk, retaining water in the landscape, and enhancing our natural waterways. Using an IWM approach to water management also enables the Waurn Ponds Campus to function as a ‘living laboratory’ and provide opportunities for applied research and teaching.