Waste initiatives at AUT
- External and internal rubbish and recycling bins introduced on AUT campuses;
- Food waste collections in Refuel café, the AUT main catering kitchen, and the Counter and #newsfeed café kitchens;
- All packaging provided at AUT cafes is reusable, compostable, or recyclable.
- Eight worm farms in the School of Hospitality and Tourism
- Recycling electronic equipment and batteries across the three campuses
- Lawn clippings and mulch from tree prunings at the North, South and City campuses are composted on campus
- Furniture that can no longer be used at AUT is donated to charities, or components recycled
AUT completed a waste audit of all three campuses in October 2012 and again in October 2015.
Three main areas were measured in the audits:
- Recyclables in the ‘waste stream’ (destined for landfill)
- Contamination in recycling (waste or non-recyclables in the recycling bins)
- Compostable items in the waste stream
The audit showed:
- Recyclables in the waste stream decreased from 28% in 2012 to 18% in 2015;
- Reduction in recyclables in student accommodation waste bins from 39% in 2012, to 14% in 2015; and
- Recycling contamination rate is 33% across all campuses.