Create baskets for e-waste collection across campus. Many areas are accumulating e-waste and the temptation is to just add to landfill.
Reducing waste and our contribution to landfill
Reduction of to-landfill waste & increasing our recycling opportunities.
Labs generate a lot of waste (eg soft plastic packaging from deliveries, batteries, foam eskies from deliveries). There are companies that will recycle these items (eg Cleanaway, Redcycle, Kimberley Clark, Terracycle, Expanded Polystyrene Australia, Foamex). Some of these companies provide recycling bins and a pickup service, so it would be fantastic to partner with these companies so that we could recycle this waste... more »
The only drawback of first world countries. Why waste a kilometer of toilet paper when one can send all the dirt to oblivion with a small amount of high pressure water from a hand-shower or hand-sprout and get a cleaner area at the same time.
Wipes + dustbin or a gel like 'Satu' would promote this too.
Monash University has a Keep Cup share program in which you can freely take a keep cup, use it to buy your coffee, and return it once you have finished using it, and people are simply hired to wash the cups at the end of each day. The program is obviously based on trust so the cups aren't stolen, but perhaps specially printed cups exclusive to the share program could mitigate this problem.
Paper hand towels can create a lot of waste especially when people use them liberally. Other universities such as the University of Auckland have implemented continuous cloth hand towels which are washable and reusable.
There are two issues with recycling on campus: first, that there are very few recycling bins on campus. From what I remember, there are only one or two outside on Eastern Avenue. Matching recycling bins 1:1 with general waste bins would make it more accessible and easier for students to consider recycling when they throw away their rubbish. The second issue is that myself and a few other people have seen rubbish cleaners... more »
In line with the Wellness Champion idea this is an opportunity for to single out a person to take on a leadership role. Co-ordinating local initiatives, communicating about and helping put into action ideas that will make a difference with the support of their team. This will have rewards for the individual, the team and the environment. Allocate a budget to this initiative which can be applied for to ensure there is... more »
The City of Sydney already have this in place both internally and for events, and 50 other organisations/businesses have as well. UTS have gotten rid of single use plastic in their food court. "The City of Sydney has taken a platinum pledge, committing to phasing out 7 single-use items in its buildings, at its own venues and at events within our area. The City will eliminate or reduce the use of: bottled water plastic... more »
Create programs with cafes around campus to encourage the use of reusable cups and also encourage people to bring their own clean containers and cutlery
Provide more places around campus where you can fill up your own water bottle and promote it more
Terracycle recycles eg. Ballpoint pens and markers. Bumped into their pen collection box at the footbridge kiosk but is this promoted anywhere eg on usyd instagram etc?
Laboratories use a massive amount of single-use plasticware that is sent to landfill. There are ways of decontaminating these plastics,a and recycling them:
All resources to enable learning and teaching should be "by default" delivered digitally. This would significantly cut down on printing costs as well as our tree-murder footprint. This should include things like; > All assignment submissions are digital > All marking occurs digitally > All mandatory textbooks are available digitally > No printing of emails > Meeting notes/collaboration resources are distributed and consumed... more »
Currently westmead campus have very little or not well know waste management program. it is not well know that you can recycle batteries - most pager batteries go into landfill still and it is 2019! Also there should be a better way to manage green waste such as Banana's peels, apple cores etc. This should be composted and result in better waste management. Also each unit/ department/area should have a green waste,... more »
Phase out single use coffee cups, with a goal of banning them entirely. We could implement something like this scheme from the Inner West Council https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/zero-waste/swap-and-go-coffee-cups