The University is expanding its food waste collection to divert more organic waste from landfill. More than 25 per cent of the waste generated on UQ campuses is compostable and could be collected, processed, and reused as a rich compost.

Collecting and composting organic waste creates significant benefits for the environment, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts created by landfill.

Organics bins have been incorporated into the waste stations in the Phizz Food Court, which is now open. You can separate your waste into general (landfill) waste, co-mingled recycling, and organics waste.

Food outlets within Phizz  also separate out food scraps for recycling as they are cooking and preparing food. This is known as 'pre-consumer organics' and is a large percentage of all the organic waste we collect on campus.

Other cafes and caterers on campus, Merlo Coffee and St Leo’s Catering, are also separating their pre-consumer organics.

Compostable food packaging

Organic recycling bins in place for UQ Gatton staff

In 2017, UQ Gatton introduced food waste collection at the Walkway Café and the campus dining hall. Organic recycling bins are now also in place in staff kitchens and lunch rooms at UQ Gatton. The organics bins are lined with compostable bags and are emptied and relined by cleaning staff.

Read more about the Gatton Composting Scheme

Join the Office Organics Program at UQ St Lucia

UQ St Lucia staff can voluntarily collect food waste in staff kitchens and lunch rooms and take it to the Mallow organics bins located on Staff House Road and Services Road.

When you join the Office Organics Program, we will give you an organics collection caddy for your staff kitchen and lunch room and an information sheet outlining what you can recycle to avoid contaminating the organics bin. 

Acceptable items for this organics stream differ slightly from other UQ organic bins, as they are serviced by another contractor.

Join the Office Organics Program by emailing

Organics collection at UQ events 

Any events at UQ can now also include organics collection. However, it does require
pre-planning and, ideally, volunteers to monitor the bins to help attendees sort their waste to avoid contamination. 

For information on food waste colletion at your event, check out UQ's Sustainable Events Guide

For further information please contact the Sustainability Office. Email: