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Waste and recycling


As part of USC's commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, USC has adopted measures to manage and minimise our waste. In 2013, USC became the first University in Australia to adopt a total waste streaming system that includes onsite processing of green/organic waste and our innovative waste programs have won prestigious awards, including:

  • Highly Commended Award in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2015
  • Australasian Campuses Toward Sustainability Green Gown Award for Carbon Reduction 2014
  • Sunshine Coast Council Good Recycling Award 2013

Since implementing the sustainable waste management program in 2013, the waste stream mix shows that a majority of waste is being diverted from landfill and is either being recycled or composted onsite. The following figures summarise changes in waste disposal at the Sippy Downs campus:

  • Paper and cardboard shows a 13% increase since 2013
  • Organic and garden waste shows a 15% increase since 2014
  • Co-mingled and mixed recycling shows an increase of 34% since 2013
  • Domestic waste to landfill shows a decrease of 26% since 2013
OSCA (On-Site Composting Apparatus)
OSCA the composter

The University's OSCA composting machine transforms organic waste into nutrient-rich compost for the campus gardens.

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waste recycling bins
Sustainable waste recovery initiatives

Our waste recovery initiatives support responsible waste management.

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Coffee cups
Rethink your drink

Choose to reuse and bring your own cup

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Recycled waste
Sustainable Print

As part of USC's commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, Mail and Print Services are committed to use sustainable paper and processes.

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