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Recycling efforts hit a new record

Thursday, 07 March 2019

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Improved waste stations, a staff awareness campaign and a streamlined waste disposal strategy are some of the initiatives that have helped ECU achieve its highest ever recycling rate.

Latest figures show more than 50 per cent of the University’s waste is now recycled, up from 37 per cent in 2016.

The number of recycling streams has also increased from five to 11, meaning even more types of waste can be recycled.

ECU Facilities and Services Manager Kerry Devine said this success was a credit to staff and students.

“We’ve made significant progress in this area across all our campuses and this comes down to how well our students, staff and commercial outlets have embraced our waste reduction initiatives,” Mr Devine said.

More on the way

ECU’s ‘war on waste’ is not over, with plans for improvements already on the cards.

“This year we’re working with our commercial outlets to increase the use of recyclable packaging and containers that will help reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill,” Mr Devine said.

“The University’s single-use plastic water bottle restriction is also ongoing and has been well supported by staff and students.

“We have also been working on logging and storing old furniture at the Joondalup and Mount Lawley Campuses so it can be re-used or recycled.

“We will also continue to improve waste education for staff, students and visitors, bringing more awareness to plastic alternatives and recycling options for both work and home.”

Fast facts

  • In 2018 ECU’s waste reduction initiatives achieved the equivalent environmental benefits of:
    • Removing 60 cars permanently from the roads
    • The annual electricity requirements of 308 households
    • The annual water usage of 106 people
  • ECU recycled almost 300 tonnes of waste in 2018
  • New recycling streams include building/construction waste, organic/green waste and e-waste.

For more information on ECU’s waste and recycling program, visit the Facilities and Services webpage.

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