Student’s Recycling e-waste Service
By Un-e-waste Team (Team 1):
Hua Tu, Madoka Hattori, Alex Xu, George Papakonstantopoulos
9 August 2013
That’s what students think about recycling in UNSW:
Recycling students’ technically obsolete and non-functional IT
70% of the toxic chemicals found in landfills come from e-waste.
(Source: The University of Queensland)
UNSW provides e-waste recycling service only for university’s equipment.
68% Students currently recycle paper & bottles in UNSW.
79% would be interested for a recycling e-waste service in UNSW.
UNSW IT’s responsibility and role to support a sustainable future.
Target Group’s Size
Target group 45000 students + staff
45000 x 51% = 23000 students
23085 x 1 item ≈ 23000 items/year
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Throw it in the trash
Return it to the store or manufacturer
Give to familiar person
Recycle it in a collection point
Wait for a recycling collection event
What The Others Do
Australian National University
e-waste boxes (max e-waste volume: size of a laptop)
University of Technology Sydney
2 days e-waste event
e-waste event (collected 1.6 tonnes at 2013)
University of Newcastle
University of Wollongong
e-waste event (items offered free to students and stuff)
Store is full
IT Service Desk
Proposed Process for Recycle
Proposed process is based on existing UNSW’s recycling process.
Limit the operational cost of the project.
Student IT Service Desk
1st Monday &
Tuesday of every
Collection Point A:
IT’s current storehouse
Collection Point B:
Randwick council warehouse
Collections Contact recycler
IT Service Desk
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45%
Discount on buying new IT equipment.
Discount voucher for the Bookshop
Effects of the Project
UNSW is a signatory of international declarations relating to
sustainability, including Talloires Declaration & Universitas 21.
Specifically affected sustainability criteria:
Developing effective waste management and recycling procedures &
Increase awareness of environmental responsibility among staff, students
Leading by Experience.
Striving to continually improve the University’s environmental performance.
Increase UNSW’s sustainability ranking
The Benefits for IT Department
Increased IT’s customer based profile.
Increased environmental awareness profile.
Reinforce UNSW IT’s branding, as a sustainable unit.
Increase IT’s reputation internally.
The Benefits for UNSW
UNSW will be the first Australian University that offers
a complete e-waste service to students.
The project will be published (e.g. by Universitas 21).
Increased UNSW’s reputation.
Increased sustainability ranking.
Be innovative | Be Sustainable | Be the 1st
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