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What you can do

On campus

Recycle everything

The more you recycle, the less the University has to pay for waste disposal. The University could slash its waste disposal bill by up to 25 percent if the recycling rate improves.

Clean office paper goes in the blue bins, while rigid plastic, cans and glass containers go in the yellow-lid co-mingled bins. A number of dedicated cardboard bins are located around campus. These are for cardboard only. Email to find out where these are located.

Many other items can be recycled on campus.

Avoid printing paper and if you must make it double sided

Consider whether you need to print in the first place.

Use reusable water bottles, mugs and crockery

Carry your own drink bottle and refill via one of the many drinking water fountains on campus. Purchase your coffee in a reusable mug. ANUgreen Keep-Cups can be purchased from the University Shop.

Purchase durable crockery and cutlery for building occupants and guests, to avoid the need for disposables.

Report litter

Email for prompt action on litter.

At home

Buy in bulk and bring your own bags and containers

Take your own bag every time you shop. Shop at bulk food stores such as the ANU Food Coop to avoid food packaging.

Purchase second-hand goods when you need them and donate them when you don't

There are a variety of second-hand outlets in Canberra, including Salvos and Vinnies stores and Tiny's Green Shed in Mitchell and Mugga Lane, Symonston. There are also a number of online resources for sourcing cheap or free used items, ranging from appliances to bikes and furniture. These include the University's own Billboard Classifieds and several external sites:

Updated:  24 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, Facilities & Services Division/Page Contact:  Systems & Information Technology