Waste Management

Paper and Cardboard Recycling

Paper and Cardboard Recycling

Paper and Cardboard recycling at UNE is run by Ascent, a prominent community based Disability Service Provider located in Armidale. They specialise in providing individual, ethical and effective support for people with disabilities, their families and carers. Ascent collects paper and cardboard from around both the Academic and Residential Campuses. The paper and cardboard products they collect are sent to recyclers where they eventually get turned into cardboard packaging.

Paper recycling bins can be identified by BLUE lids or decals. The following items can be place in designated paper bins;

  • Office paper
  • Envelopes and manilla folders
  • Newspaper, magazines and small books
  • Light cardboard

Cardboard collection cages are provided at various locations around campus.  Staff will need to take all cardboard down to these cages for collection by Ascent. To make things easier, please ensure that all cardboard boxes are flattened before they are put into the cage. This will ensure the maximum amount of cardboard will fit into the cage.

For further information on paper and cardboard recycling, contact the FMS Cleaning Supervisor on 6773 2467.



Recycling bins can be identified by YELLOW lids or decals. They can be used for recycling the following items;

  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminium and tin cans

Green Waste

Green Waste

Green bins can be identified by GREEN lids or decals. They can be used for recycling the following items;

  • Food waste inc. meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, leftovers
  • Pizza boxes
  • Disposable Napkins
  • Paper towel
  • Tissues
  • Cardboard takeaway containers

General Waste


General waste bins can be identified by RED lids or decals. Some bins may not be clearly marked so please consider your options before you dispose of your waste. The following items should be placed in general waste bins;

  • Polystyrene and foam
  • Plastic bags and cling wrap
  • Waxed Wrappers

Toner Cartridge Recycling

Toner cartridges bins are provided in conjunction with Planet Ark and are located in printer rooms throughout campus. They can be used to recycle the following items;

  • Inkjet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Toner bottles
  • Fuser and drum units
  • Print heads

Once the bin is full simply tie off the bag and send it out with the internal mail. FMS is in the process of organising the placement and collection of the bags through Planet Ark for disposal.

For more information about waste management practices within New England region, please visit Armidale Regional Council's Website.