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Minimise waste

22 September 2023

All UC staff and students can help minimise waste by sorting rubbish correctly. Learn more about how to minimise waste on campus and beyond.


From 1 February 2024, new national standards to kerbside bin collections are in place, which means a consistent approach to how we sort recycling, organics and rubbish across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The new national standards have bought about some changes to what is accepted in what bin on campus. 

ItemNow goes in 
Empty pizza boxes (without food scraps)
Recycling | Hangarua 
Tea bags Landfill | Para 
Soiled paper (including dirty napkins)Landfill | Para 
All takeaway packaging, including any food/drink containers marked "compostable" or "bioplastic". This includes coffee cups. Landfill | Para 

All staff and students can make a difference by sorting their waste correctly to minimise the contamination of our waste streams.

It is extremely important that all food, food scraps and organic material are placed in the green organics bin, and not in the red landfill bins. 

Learn more about waste management and minimisation at UC below.

For more information on our waste system

UC Waste Audit Results 2021

Download (application/pdf, 1 MB)

UC Waste Hierarchy

Download (application/pdf, 1001 KB)

UC Waste Plan 2022-2030

Download (application/pdf, 1 MB)

For any queries about these changes, please contact Sustainability Office.

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