Resource Recovery

Resource Recovery

Resources are reused and recycled around the University in a number of ways:

The Furniture Store

was setup as a method of incorporating sustainable initiatives into everyday university practices. Established in 2010, the re-circulation of used furniture items has:

  • diverted over 400 tons of reusable items from landfill
  • reused more than 4,000 items
  • realised more than $1.2 million in savings for the University

Furniture Store at Macquarie

One Bin System — Clean and Green Campus

Our one bin waste management system has resulted in less than 8% of waste ending up as landfill. Waste is taken to the Doyle Brothers' Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) which successfully recovers recyclable/reusable materials including plastic, paper and cardboard, organics and metals.

Recycling Station

We have partnered with City of Ryde to host a recycling station for students and staff. The drop off station is located in the MUSE Student Connect Foyer (18 Wally's Walk) where the following items can be recycled:

  • Household batteries
  • Fluorescent light globes - all sized compact gloves and tubes (household lights only)
  • Printer cartridges (excluding large cartridges from multi-function devices)
  • Mobile phones - including handsets, batteries and accessories


Macquarie University uses Sims E-Recycling to dispose of our e-waste. Hazardous substances such as lead and cadmium are safely recovered and disposed of in the most eco-friendly way possible. Any components sent overseas for processing are sent to large firms and do not end up with small-scale street processors.

To request an e-waste collection from your area, please contact Property via the online Services Request form.

Paper & Cardboard recycling

100% of waste paper and cardboard is recycled by Australian Paper Recovery.

Request an under-desk paper recycling bin, or a blue otto bin, via the Property online Services Request form.

Fluorescent Tubes

The small amounts of mercury along with glass, phosphor and aluminium contained in fluorescent globes used in lighting all over Campus is collected and recycled by Chem Collect.

Content owner: Office of the Vice Chancellor Last updated: 14 Nov 2019 4:40pm

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