21 November 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has won its category of the Sunshine Coast Council’s inaugural Good Recycler awards.
USC won the Institution category for its ongoing rollout of a multiple bin system across the Sippy Downs campus and the introduction of a large composting machine for organic materials.
The five awards were announced last week at the Council’s launch of a Recycle Market at the Buderim Resource Recovery Centre. Mayor Mark Jamieson praised the University’s efforts in good waste reduction.
USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Services) Bernard Lillis said the University’s new waste management system was set to reduce its waste to landfill by about 75 percent.
Its “recycling from the desktop” program started recently in four of USC’s 16 buildings, including simple measures such as smaller desk bins and communal recycling stations in offices.
Mr Lillis said other organisations were now seeking demonstrations of the OSCA (On-Site Composting Apparatus), which can process up to a tonne of biodegradable waste weekly.
“OSCA allows us to take what we can out of the University’s waste to put back into the soil,” he said. “It’s also a real-life opportunity to share what we have learnt with our local community and schools.”
Mr Lillis said the University had adapted its system from a similar one used by Sunshine Coast Council and expected to finish the rollout by mid-2014.
He said USC was determined to meet sustainability goals through its operations as well as its teaching, learning and research programs.
“Sustainability is one of the University’s core values and this project has been one of the best-received innovations so far,” he said. “The environmental benefits and cost savings are enormous.”
— Julie Schomberg