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Recycling and waste management

General recycling

We have introduced a diverse range of waste recycling streams in an effort to reduce the amount of wasted resources that would otherwise be buried in landfill every day.

Across-campus recycling programs continue to be rolled out with public place recycling stations located in six common areas around the Toowoomba campus with more planned for our Springfield and Fraser Coast campuses.

Our comprehensive range of recycling facilities are available to both staff and students. Current recycling programs are in place in the following areas:

  • paper (general paper and confidential waste)
  • cardboard
  • eWaste (computers and other electronic equipment)
  • CD/DVD
  • batteries
  • toner and ink jet cartridges
  • mobile phones
  • fluorescent tubes and other lamps
  • co-mingled waste (glass, aluminium cans and plastic)
  • furniture.

For more information on our recycling services or to request a bin contact the Environmental Office.

Green recycling

Green waste from our gardens and grounds maintenance is converted to mulch and reused on the garden beds. This practice has been integral in improving the water required for upkeep of USQ plantings.

e-Waste recovery

To improve waste management across the University a permanent e-Waste collection facility has been established on the southern side of E Block on the Toowoomba campus. The secure collection point is intended for larger eWaste items with additional eWaste disposal facilities available outside the Environmental Office centrally located in C201 on the Toowoomba Campus.

Obsolete or out-dated computers, televisions, printers, mobile phones and similar technologies are regularly collected for e-waste recycling. ICT Services recommends that hard drives for eWaste are removed from the device and physically destroyed.

In 2011 USQ diverted over 4 tonnes of e-waste from landfill; already our current eWaste diversion rates for 2012 are exceeding last year’s figures.

More information on e-waste recycling and disposal facilities for all campuses is available from are the Environmental Office.