Recycling

Recycling goes into the bin with the yellow signage.

What goes in this bin?

  • plastic bottles and containers (including yoghurt and takeaway containers)
  • glass bottles and jars
  • milk and juice cartons
  • disposable coffee cup lids
  • paper and cardboard (these should preferably be placed into the paper and cardboard stream, where available).

Where do we send our recycling?

These are taken off site for segregation at a materials recycling facility. There, they are placed in a sorting line, and each type (plastic bottles, cardboard) is segregated out and then bulked up. Once enough of these items have been collected, they are sent to manufacturers for reprocessing.

General Waste (Landfill)

General waste goes into the bin with the red signage.

What goes in this bin?

  • styrofoam cups and containers
  • pens and pencils
  • tissues, napkins and paper towels
  • food waste
  • disposable utensils and straws
  • plastic bags, packaging and wrappers
  • disposable coffee cups

Where do we send our rubbish?

The general waste stream is collected by our waste contractor and compacted before being transferred to an engineered landfill site. Engineered landfill sites generate power using the methane created by the decomposing waste.

Organics (available at the Physiol Refectory)

Organics go into the bin with the green signage.

What goes in this bin?

  • Food scraps (fruit, vegetables and meat)
  • Coffee grounds and teabags
  • Flowers and plants
  • Tissues/paper towels
  • Compostable packaging

Where do we send our organics?

Organic waste is collected and delivered to an organic resource recovery facility for processing, where the waste is converted into compost, soil conditioner and mulch products.

Drink Containers

Drink containers go into the bin with the blue signage.

What goes in this bin?

Empty 150 mL to 3 L beverage containers including:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Glass bottles
  • Aluminium cans

Where do we send our rubbish?

The containers are collected by our waste contractor and sold to recycling companies.

A 10-cent refund for every drink container will go towards the UQ Student Green Fund, providing grants for on-campus sustainability projects.