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As part of USC's commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, USC has adopted measures to manage and minimise our waste. In 2013, USC became the first University in Australia to adopt a total waste streaming system that includes onsite processing of green/organic waste and our innovative waste programs have won prestigious awards, including:

  • Highly Commended Award in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2015
  • Australasian Campuses Toward Sustainability Green Gown Award for Carbon Reduction 2014
  • Sunshine Coast Council Good Recycling Award 2013

Since implementing the sustainable waste management program in 2013, the waste stream mix shows that a majority of waste is being diverted from landfill and is either being recycled or composted onsite. The following figures summarise changes in waste disposal at the Sippy Downs campus:

  • Paper and cardboard shows a 13% increase since 2013
  • Organic and garden waste shows a 15% increase since 2014
  • Co-mingled and mixed recycling shows an increase of 34% since 2013
  • Domestic waste to landfill shows a decrease of 26% since 2013
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