GGAA 2014 - Facilities & Services - The University of Technology, Sydney - Finalist

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UTS Cleans Up! Leading the way in waste management and recycling

In 2006 recycling at UTS was not working with recovery rates stuck around 25%. Against this backdrop UTS moved to co-mingled general waste in 2007 and focused on introducing diverse and sometimes innovative recycling strategies for materials not captured by the co-mingled system including styrofoam, e-waste, fluoro bulbs, batteries, e-waste and furniture. Through targeted staff and student behaviour change programs recycling rates for virtually all streams are now over 82%.

Top 3 learnings:

  • Perseverance pays off.
  • There is lots of technical and operational innovation in the waste sector so always keep a keen eye on new developments.
  • Partnerships are critical.