Our focus is on minimising waste

Our goal is to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. Our recycling options and 'no bin' initiative focus on waste minimisation strategies.

Strategies, Recycling and General Waste

  • Purchase wisely and efficiently, and avoid or reduce packaging
  • Reduce your paper usage - think before you print
  • Use electronic versions of documents and forms
  • Subscribe to online versions of newsletters and other publications
  • Reuse before you recycle or dispose of an item
  • Recycle before you dispose of an item

Recycling options include paper, cardboard, and mixed recycling (plastics, cans and bottles). The EcoCentre has a collection point for old batteries, mobile phones and printer cartridges.

For further information and/or to order bins contact: Campus Life Facilities Manager or submit an enquiry online Facilities Assist

Coffee Cup Recycling Program

Griffith University has partnered with Closed Loop and their Simply Cups initiative - Australia's first dedicated coffee cup recycling program.

Join with us to recycle takeaway coffee cups and divert them from going to landfill.

Food waste to compost for our gardens

Closed Loop Organic units have been introduced at Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. The units are capable of processing 20 kilos of organic waste per 24 hour period. Smaller composters have also been rolled out across our campuses.

This results in organic waste being diverted from landfill and being used as nutrient rich compost in our campus gardens.


The Griffith University EcoCentre has partnered with US recycling and upcycling powerhouse, Terracycle.

Griffith's Terracycle program collects oral care waste such as toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss packaging at multiple locations, including libraries across the Nathan campus.

Electronic waste

Electronic waste includes all computers, monitors, mobile phones, televisions and other general office electronic equipment for which there is no longer a use. When electronic items are not disposed of correctly they may be exported to third world countries for processing in unsafe and unregulated conditions.

The Assets Team in Finance co-ordinates the disposal of University equipment in accordance with the Asset Disposal policy.

The University works with companies who ensure all disposals of e-waste are ethically handled. For further information email: Finance Assets Team

Preparing your e-equipment for disposal

  • All asset disposals i.e. those with a white barcode sticker, require completion of an Asset Disposal Form together with the sign off by the Head of Department/Element.
  • If your equipment stores data, log a job with the IT Service Centre on ext. 55555 to have all hard drives wiped of all data.
  • Send the scanned completed Asset Disposal Application form via email to fin-assets@griffith.edu.au or in hard copy to the Assets Team at N54 Bray Centre, Nathan campus.
  • Arrange to have e-waste delivered to the Finance loading bay at N12 Sewell Building near the cinema on West Creek Road, Nathan. Campus Life offers removalists to assist if necessary.

Battery and mobile phone recycling

Each year, more than 8,000 tonnes of batteries end up in Australian landfills, and an estimated 16 million out-of-service mobile phones are lying around homes and offices across Australia. It is important to dispose of these safely and help to lessen hazardous waste disposal and its impact on our environment.

What to recycle

  • laptop batteries
  • household batteries
  • mobile phones and/or batteries
  • Subscribe to online versions of newsletters and other publications
  • Reuse before you recycle or dispose of an item
  • Recycle before you dispose of an item

Batteries and mobile phone recycling stations are located in libraries on all campuses.

Tip: Remember to remove all personal information.

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Contact us

Griffith Sustainability Room -1.10F, Building N16, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan QLD, 4111