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Resource Conservation


The University of Canberra's waste system now has four primary waste streams. These include Paper and Cardboard, Recycling, General Waste and Organic Waste.

New Organic Bins at UC

Brand new organic waste bins have been introduced around the UC Campus in collaboration with Goterra. Goterra is an ACT waste collection management service who specialise in organic waste. These bins can be found throughout the campus including in the refectory, cooper lodge, student central and many more.

To find out what can go in these bins please see the Goterra Organics Fact Sheet or visit Goterra on their website at

Where can you find Organic Bins on campus?

Here is a list of buildings on campus where you can find the new organic waste bins.

Building 5Student Central
Building 6Mizzuna Hub
Building 10Building 20
Building 11Building 16c
Building 22/23Building 13
Building 24Building 8
Building 29Refectory
Cooper Lodge  

What goes in each bin

UC Waste Fact Sheet

Blue Bin - Paper & CardboardYellow Bin -  RecyclingRed Bin - LandfillGreen Bin - Compost
Paper (such as old book paper, forms, paper clippings etc)Rigid plastic containers, such as ice cream containers and take away food containersBiodegradable coffee cups and food packaging
Food scraps
CardboardRecyclable coffee cups (if in doubt, ask your vendor)Non-recyclable coffee cups (if in doubt, ask your vendor)UC BioPak food containers
 Plastic bottles and cansPlastic straws and cutleryPaper towel and napkins (covered in food, dirt or water is okay. If covered in chemicals such as cleaning products put in landfill).
 Glass bottlesSoft plastics such as chip packets and plastic bagsCitrus, Meat and Dairy products
(General compost bins don't permit
dairy, citrus and meat, though UC have engaged with a composting company who can break these products down).
 Juice/Milk cartonsStyrofoam meat trays and polystyrene packaging 
 Cardboard (such as clean pizza boxes)  
 *Nothing smaller than a credit card size  

Water Conservation

enhancing the efficient use of water resources through demand management, technological solutions and reduced reliance on potable water resources

In 2012 University of Canberra used 110 million litres of water, with an additional 80 million litres consumed in Student Residences. Reducing our water consumption and developing alternate sources of water such as rainwater are core strategies in meeting our corporate social obligations and in managing the operational costs associated with the high cost of water.

What UC is doing

The University has identified key areas for strategic management and investment to address the challenges of aged infrastructure and to investigation alternate water sources. The Energy and Water Investment Plan, which commenced in 2013 targets.

  • improving water monitoring across campus buildings and landscapes to assist in identifying sites with high water consumption and potential leaks
  • water audits
  • refurbishment of aged water fixtures
  • investigating opportunities for water harvesting and reuse