Waste Management and Minimisation
All staff and students can make a difference by sorting their waste correctly to minimise the contamination of our waste streams.
Recycling is a waste stream that is often highly contaminated. If recycling is contaminated, it could go to landfill at a high cost to UC and the environment. Examples of items that must be put in the red landfill bins include;
- Lids from plastic, glass or milk bottles
- Yoghurt pottles
- Sandwich packs
- Sushi containers
- Soft plastic packaging, like chip bags and muesli wrappers
Recycling helps to reuse materials and divert items from landfill. However, it's not a perfect solution! Find out more about recycling at UC here.
Composting rocks! Composting is the process of returning materials to the earth. Learn about how you can do your bit to improve soil health by composting on campus here.
Free Tables help keep things out of landfill, and give items a new life. Learn more and find free stuff here!
As is the case with most things in life – prevention is the best method. Through small changes, you can make a big impact to your personal waste footprint.
For more information on our waste system
- See the latest 2021 UC Waste Audit
- Download a copy of our most recent waste poster: UC's Waste Hierarchy
- See UC Waste Plan 2019-2024 (PDF)
- See Draft University of Canterbury Waste Plan 2014-2022 (PDF)
For any queries about these changes, please contact Sustainability Office.