Mixed recycling and landfill

Every year, Monash University generates approximately 5,300 tonnes of waste and recycling materials on our Victorian campuses. The University needs your help to ensure items are placed in the correct bin.

Mixed recycling and landfill bins can be found across the campus. Internal bins have coloured stickers depicting which items can be placed in the bin. Legislation requires certain waste types to be collected separately for example, batteries and hazardous waste and eWaste. Check our recycling and waste disposal web page to find out about these and other recycling programs.

To order bins or new stickers refer to our resources web page or contact Buildings and Property Division via phone (9902 0222) or email (buildings.property@monash.edu).

Mixed recycling

All items put into the recycling bins must be free of food waste. It is not necessary to clean your container thoroughly, but there should be little to no solids or obvious food residue before any item goes in the recycling. Small qualities of food residue is acceptable in hard plastic, metal and glass containers. Paper and cardboard must be clean and free from food residue.

When placing in mixed recycling bins ensure items are loose and free from plastic bags.

Mixed recycling signageAcceptable
  • Glass bottles and jars.
  • Hard plastic containers and bottles.
  • Tins, cans and aerosols.
  • Aluminium foil (must be scrunched into a loose ball no smaller than the size of a tennis ball).
  • Newspaper or magazines.
  • Glossy paper, brochures or books.
  • Brown paper.
  • Envelopes.
  • Clean paper and flattened cardboard (for large volumes place in cardboard skips or arrange a collection).


Landfill signageAcceptable items
  • Tea bags.
  • Cable ties.
  • Disposable gloves.
  • Waxed cardboard.
  • Tissues, serviettes and paper towel.
  • Wrappers and plastic packets.
  • Australia Post plastic satchels.
  • Soft plastics, bubble wrap and cling wrap.
  • Broken glass drinkware or crockery.
  • Disposable cups, including all take-away coffee cups.
  • Staples, coat hangers and small pieces of scrap metal.
  • Polystyrene (for large quantities see polystyrene recycling web page).
  • Plastic cutlery, straws and chopsticks.
  • Bamboo cutlery and chopsticks.
  • Food scraps and coffee grounds (unless pod recycling or food waste bins are available).
  • Coffee pods (unless pod recycling bins are available) - see our pod recycling page for more information.
  • Compostables including BioPak range (unless food waste bins are available) - see our food waste web page for more information.

Mini-landfill desk top bin

Mini-waste bins are available for office areas encouraging staff to sort their waste and empty into communal bins as required. Unused bins can be returned to Buildings and Property for reuse.

To order a bin refer to our resources web page or contact Buildings and Property via phone (9902 0222) or email (buildings.property@monash.edu).