In 2022 Monash drafted a new Circular Economy Framework to minimise waste to landfill and transition from commingled recycling to “close the loop” on valuable materials. The draft Framework identifies six key pillars to coordinate activities:

  1. Towards Zero Waste
  2. Responsible Procurement
  3. Transport
  4. Building Construction
  5. Organics
  6. Circular Economy Strategy.

Following a series of workshops, desktop reviews and other engagement during the Framework’s development, 41 initiatives were in development or had been activated to support the transition to a circular economy.

The Monash University Reuse Centre diverts on average 60 tonnes of office furniture from landfill every year. Monash faculties and departments are encouraged to donate surplus furniture to the centre rather than storing or throwing it away. In turn the initiative offers departments furniture at savings of between 60 - 90 per cent off the recommended retail price. Furniture that is unable to be reused within the University is offered to staff, students and charities.

The return of staff and students to campus resulted in waste generation increasing across Monash campuses in 2022, but not to pre-2020 levels. Monash University produced 2221 tonnes of waste over the year - a 64% increase from 2021 - and recycled 467 tonnes of waste. The proportion of waste diverted from landfill in 2022 remained was 40 per cent of total waste generated.