Paper and cardboard

For every tonne of paper recycled, thirteen large trees are saved. Recycled paper also uses half the energy and water in production compared to paper made from virgin fibres.

All La Trobe offices have a cardboard VISY recycling bin for paper recycling that are emptied weekly by cleaning staff. For larger items, all office areas have a 240 litre bin located centrally.

Paper towels are not able to be recycled and should be disposed of via the landfill waste bins.

Don't have a paper recycling bin? Contact

Co-mingled recycling

Co-mingled recycling includes glass bottles, aluminum and steel cans, plastic milk cartons, plastic disposable coffee cup lids and plastic containers.The University also has recycling bins situated around the campuses.

The collection is suitable for recyclable plastics (1-7), steel and aluminum. Material doesn't need to be spotlessly clean but all solid food scraps should be removed before disposing to the recycling bin.

Questions or suggestions? Contact us:

Mobile phones

Recycle your old mobile phone and donate to charity at the same time.

Phone Cycle donate a potion of their proceeds to The Jane Goodall Institute that works on projects to protect primates and gorillas in Africa.

Why do they need protection? A key component of mobile phones and most electronic equipment is Tantalum, which is extracted from a raw material known as Coltan.  Which is mined illegally at some locations across Africa, destroying animal habitat.

By recycling your phone you will be reducing the demand for Coltan mining and preventing habitat destruction.

Recycle your phone at various collection points on the Melbourne Campus:

  • Library foyer (near stairs)
  • Student Union reception area
  • Reid Building (ground floor main entry).


Send your phone via internal mail to: Environmental Sustainability, Infrastructure and Operations, CS1 - Lvl 2, Melbourne Campus.

Regional Campuses please contact:


Batteries contain dangerous heavy metals. If sent to landfill, these metals pollute our soil and waterways and poison our plants and animals. To ensure batteries are recycled or at least disposed of properly, use our battery recycling service.

To minimise your impact you can switch to rechargeable batteries.

Send your batteries via internal mail to: Environmental Sustainability Unit, Infrastructure and Operations,  CS1 - Lvl 2,  Melbourne Campus.

They can also be deposited at one of three recycle hubs located across the Campus:

  • Library (ground floor)
  • Student Union Offices
  • Reid Building (ground floor main entry).

Please note: Sealed lead acid batteries are NOT to be placed in the hubs, a collection can be arranged via Archibus

Printer cartridges

Cartridges can be sent via internal mail to "Sustainability, CS1 - Lv2" or deposited at one of three recycle hubs located across the Campus:

  • Library (ground floor)
  • Student Union Offices
  • Reid Building (ground floor main entry)

Cartridges are currently recycled through 'Close the Loop' and the metals, plastics and inks are recovered from all types of print cartridges.

For every tonne of material collected 10 tonnes of carbon is saved.

Don't have a collection box in your area? Contact us:


Polystyrene is major hazard especially when it breaks down into smaller pieces as fouls up waterways and it can be accidently injested by wildlife, which can lead to death.  Try to avoid procuring products that have large amount of polystyrene, insist on a take back policy that can be build it into large contracts.

La Trobe recycles polystyrene and the polystyrene recycling cage is located within the main waste compound at I&O or please log an Archibus request for pick up.

Do you have polystyrene that needs recycling? Contact

Fluorescent lighting

Fluorescent lighting is energy efficient, however the tubes contain mercury. If fluorescent tubes are disposed of improperly, the mercury can enter soil and waterways and harm plant and animal life.

La Trobe recycles the mercury, glass, aluminium and phosphor from all discarded tubes. Fluorescent tubes and globes must be collected Infrastructure and Operations for recycling.

Want to dispose of fluorescent tubes and globes? Please lodge a collection request via Archibus

Furniture Exchange

Apologies but the Furniture Shed is no longer resourced.

Furniture Exchange is now managed directly by Operations and Maintenance, please submit an Archibus request with your requirements.

E-waste, CDs and DVDs

E-waste is electronic equipment (e.g. computers and photocopiers) nearing the end of its useful life. Some electronic equipment contains dangerous heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can leach into our soil and groundwater in landfill.

It's important that e-waste is disposed of in a responsible manner. Many of the materials in these products can be reused or recycled, and some equipment can be refurbished for a second life. For information on how you can recycle your office's e-waste contact us:

Recycle your CDs and DVDs by internal mail to: Environmental Sustainability Unit, Infrastructure and Operations, CS1 - Lvl 2, Melbourne Campus.

Small amounts of E-waste can deposited at one of three recycle hubs located across the Campus:

  • Library (ground floor)
  • Student Union Offices
  • Reid Building (ground floor main entry).

For large amounts of E-waste, please submit an Archibus request

Feel free to contact the Environmental Sustainability Unit directly if you would like some general waste and recycling advice, especially if you are planning a large office clear out: