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Recycling & Waste at JCU

JCU is committed to minimising waste to landfill and maximising reuse and recycling where possible. We have developed a range of resources to help students and staff better understand how they can manage their own waste on campus. The JCU Waste and Recycling Procedures below provide a comprehensive and easy to navigate guide on waste management at JCU.

In 2016 JCU launched it's War on Waste campaign to reduce waste to landfill and increase recycling rates. Check out the War on Waste webpage for more info.

All you need to know about recycling and waste at JCU

JCU Waste and Recycling Procedures (PDF, 2576 KB)

Getting value from food waste at JCU, the Bio-Regen system closes the loop on the food cycle. Learn more.

In 2016, JCU's Action for Sustainability Small Grants program funded a composting pilot program for the Townsville campus. Run by PhD candidate Max Burns, the pilot was highly successful and has now been taken over by Estate Directorate, with cleaning contractors Biniris collecting the food waste each week from participating JCU lunch rooms in Townsville and Cairns for composting at the campus Community Gardens. Over 30 lunch room composting bins are now in place and some food vendors on campus are also participating in the successful program.

Read the final report from the Pilot Program

For more information or to get involved in the program contact

JCU was the first University in Australia to implement the Warp It furniture reuse system. Using the program has saved JCU over $170,000 in just two year. Learn more.