At RMIT we are committed to improving sustainability and reducing our waste footprint is a key aspect of this commitment.We promote the waste hierarchy of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ to minimise our impact on the environment. Too often we focus on only recycling our waste, without firstly considering if we can eliminate the waste or limit the amount of waste produced by reusing items.
Here are some things as part of the RMIT community you can do to help reduce waste:
- Bring your own reusable coffee cup, drink bottle or lunch container and ask our retailer to use them, rather than single-use items.
- Fill up your own drink bottle, rather than buying water in plastic bottles. Not only is this great for the environment, but cheaper too. There are a number of refill points across the campus.
- Think before you print, do you actually need to print the material, or can you go paperless? Always check the settings prior to sending to the printer to avoid wastage. Go double-sided.
- Actively refuse plastic bags, bring your own reusable bag along instead. Soft plastics are hard to recycle and can end up in our oceans.
- Think about how you can influence your coursework to reduce waste; work with your lecturers to look at reducing or reusing materials.
- Know your waste streams and segregate your wastes appropriately. Use your knowledge to educate others to reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Let us know if you don’t have the standards three bin system in your office - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary waste streams
Standard bin system
RMIT is rolling out a standard three bin system across all campuses within staff office areas, and some general areas. This will include removal of under-desk bins and replacement with a multi-bin system that supports the primary waste streams. Comprising of one set per 20-30 desks; the system is being rolled out to other office areas through a planned rollout with our cleaners and refurbishment projects. The convenient, centralised locations promote recycling, moving away from landfill-only under-desk bins. Much of what we throw away can be re-used or recycled, and centralised stations support these behaviours. As well as being good for the environment, getting up from your desk to break up prolonged sitting has the added benefit of being great for your health
What can I recycle?
We support the recycling of all materials, and landfill should be only treated as a last resort. However, due to the operational constraints at RMIT, we can’t often provide a collection service for unique recyclable waste streams. Instead, we use our resources to focus on improving our landfill diversion rates for our high-volume, primary waste streams. Individually, portfolios and colleges can implement initiatives to reduce their waste footprint. As a Sustainability Team we are happy to provide advice on how they might be able to reduce their footprint.
We have also compiled a list below of ways to recycle materials common to the University.
Most of our computers at RMIT are leased and are returned to our supplier at end-of-life for responsible disposal. However, there still exists a certain amount of ad-hoc e-waste across the university. Currently we do not have a dedicated e-waste collection service; however this is something we are investigating. To responsible dispose of e-waste, there are a few options depending on the type of e-waste and volume.
You can find further information about how to responsibly dispose of e-waste on the City of Melbourne waste website.
The item may be leased from a supplier, in which case it should be returned to RMIT information technology services; generally a red sticker will identify this. We are working on finding a solution to providing a dedicated e-waste collection, but this is not something we currently provide.
You can find great information about how to responsible dispose of e-waste it on the City of Melbourne waste website.