Personal desk-top containers - have you got it sorted?

UC’s waste and recycling program has been designed to reduce office waste, increase recycling and, ultimately, to make our office practices and UC operations more sustainable.
As part of this program, all staff are issued a personal two litre desktop waste container and individual paper recycling bins. Larger landfill, recycling and paper stacker bins are also provided and are placed in kitchens, hallways and other communal areas along with a smaller organics container.

Office waste audits typically reveal that 80% of the waste produced in office is recyclable. Research has shown that the replacement of under-desk waste bins with smaller, desktop waste containers and individual paper recycling bins helps to increase recycling and reduce waste sent to landfill.

Key to the success of this program is that all staff empty their own desktop bins, separating their waste into recycling, organics and landfill streams.

Waste sorting

How does it work?

Step 1: Collect your personal “rubbish” such as tissues, plastic or food scraps in your desktop waste container throughout the day. This is the black (or white) two litre ice-cream container, which has a sticker that will state: “Rubbish – Waste to landfill”, OR have a sticker on it that looks like the image to the right.

Step 2: At the end of the day (or when the container is full), empty this container by sorting your rubbish into the correct bins in the larger landfill and recycling stacker bins or the organics container. The stickers on these bins indicate what should go where.

Please note: it is not part of the cleaners job to sort the personal rubbish containers into the correct bins - that is up to you. Recycling charges are currently cheaper than landfill costs and recycling as much as possible helps to mitigate ongoing waste management costs. Don’t forget that single use-coffee cups can no longer be recycled, and must be put in the landfill bin. The lids, however, can be placed in the yellow recycling bin.

Step 3: The cleaners will empty your under-desk paper bin for you and empty the recycled-paper wheelie bins once a week.

By emptying your own personal two litre desk top container into the correct stacker bins, you help UC to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill, plus manage the environmental and financial costs associated with UC’s waste streams.

For any questions or suggestions on how to improve UC’s waste management, contact the Sustainability Office.