Recycling and Waste Minimisation

UQ is committed to responsible waste management that promotes recycling and reduces the amount of rubbish going to landfill. At present, we collect nearly 20 different waste streams, including soft plastics, e-waste, chemical waste and fluorescent tubes and lamps, and have installed more than 100 recycling stations as part of our public place recycling program. Discover detailed information about our different waste steams and which items go in each waste stream.


Making careful purchasing decisions can also significantly reduce our environmental impact, which is why our University Purchasing Policy requires sustainability to be considered for all procurement processes.

We have a number of ongoing projects and initiatives designed to facilitate responsible waste and procurement—these include water refill stations, desktop waste bins and Green Office composting scheme.

Featured recycling and waste minimisation projects

Featured sustainable purchasing projects