Waste Separation

In 2015, Charles Darwin University generated around 1.1 million kilograms of waste in the Darwin area alone.  Over 92% of this (over one million kilograms) was sent to landfill.  The University is halfway towards its goal of reducing its waste to landfill in the Darwin area by 20% by 2020.

Facilities Management have initiated a number of recycling programs at the University's Casuarina, Palmerston & Darwin Waterfront campuses.  Greater separation of waste into appropriate recycling streams will have a significant reduction on waste to landfill, so this is the next step to continue our progress.

From 1 November 2018 staff will be responsible for properly disposing of waste generated at work spaces into separated waste stations.  This replaces all waste going into desk bins for collection by cleaning personnel.

Local Recycling Champions have been nominated to help improve sustainability practices, update building users on sustainability projects, and provide feedback to Facilities Management.  To find your nearest Recycling Champion or to volunteer to become one, join the discussion at the Recycling & Waste Minimisation group on Yammer.

The University is presently working towards improved recycling options and the extension of the waste separation program to staff at all of its campuses and centres, with student spaces and public areas to follow.

Which Bin Should I Use?

Toner Cartridge RecyclingToner Cartridges

All toner cartridges can be sent away to be refilled for further use, or sent away for recycling to produce other products.

Locations: Orange 8, Yellow 2

Plastic Lids RecyclingPlastic Lids & Caps

The plastic used for lids and caps, such as those on milk, soft drink and juice bottles is made from a different material than the bottles, and is recycled separately.

Locations: Orange 8, Yellow 2

Nespresso Coffee Pod RecyclingNespresso Coffee Pods

The advent of pod coffee machines has introduced an additional environmental challenge.  The pods contain a number of materials as well as the coffee waste, which makes recycling them a challenge.  Nespresso offer recycling of their own branded pods.

Locations: Orange 8, Yellow 2

Battery RecyclingBatteries

Household batteries contain several materials and chemicals that can be harmful to the environment, but which can be properly processed through recycling.  Button (watch & remote control), 9V, AAA, AA, C, D and 6V batteries can all be disposed of at the University's collection points.

Locations: Orange 8, Red 8, Yellow 2

E-Waste RecyclingE-Waste

Electronic products such as computers, printers and mobile phones tend to be replaced every few years.  These products contain a number of different materials, many of which can be recycled, especially rare earth metals used for manufacturing processors and other components.

Location: Purple 3

Charity Container Deposit Scheme RecyclingCharity Container Deposit Scheme

The Northern Territory's Container Deposit Scheme provides for various drink bottles and cartons to be exchanged for a 10c refund when returned to an eligible processing centre.  Charles Darwin University is pleased to support a number of charities that collect eligible containers and collect the proceeds as fundraising.

Locations: Student Square, Red 1, Purple 3, Blue 1, Blue 2, Orange 1.1, Orange 2.2, Orange 4.2, Yellow 1.3, Yellow 2, Yellow 4

Cosmetics RecyclingCosmetics Packaging

The cosmetics industry has started supporting recycling of its packaging, helping to reduce its impact on landfill.  These packages are typically made of plastic, which once re-captured can be recycled to make new cosmetics packaging.

Locations: Orange 8, Palmerston A.1, Alice Springs

Steel RecyclingScrap Metal

Recycling scrap metal is easy, cost effective and great for the environment.  Recycling steel uses around 75% less energy than making it from raw materials, and instead of paying a waste company to take this scrap away, the recycler may purchase it from the customer.

Location: Purple 10

60L Paper & Cardboard Bin240L Paper & Cardboard BinPaper & Cardboard Recycling

Cardboard and paper products, including newspaper, printer paper (shred confidential documents first), cleaned cardboard food & drink containers (no food residue).

Fold cardboard boxes flat to minimise size.

If you have a significant volume of paper &/or cardboard to dispose of, log a job for custodial support at the Facilities Help Desk.

60L Co-mingle Recycling Bin240L Co-mingle BinCo-mingle Recycling

Co-mingle recycling such as plastics, steel & aluminium cans, glass bottles & jars, milk & juice containers.

Ensure containers are empty first.

Plastic lids should be taken to Orange 8 for recycling.

60L General Waste Bin73L General Waste BinGeneral Waste

These bins should only be used for items that cannot be recycled in one of the above categories.  This includes polystyrene, serviettes, tissues and paper towel.

All waste in these bins goes to landfill.

If you have questions as to whether something is recyclable, please ask the Recycling & Waste Minimisation Yammer group or email facilities@cdu.edu.au.