In one year, Australia sends 20.5 million tonnes of waste to landfill. We also produce 539,000 tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste), with 40% of this amount coming from households (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2020).  

Griffith University’s goal is to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. The Library helps with this by providing different recycling and waste disposal options.  

Battery and mobile phone recycling 

Do your old mobile phones get banished to the bottom of a drawer? Not sure how to properly dispose of your e-waste? 

The Library has battery and mobile phone recycling stations on all campuses. You can use these bins to dispose of: 

  • Laptop batteries 
  • Household batteries 
  • Mobile phones 
  • Mobile phone batteries. 

Don’t forget to remove all personal information before recycling e-waste. 


The Library has bins for the disposal of larger e-waste items—such as laptops, monitors and other electronic equipment—on select campuses.  

Speak to our staff to find out whether this is an option at your Library and always read the signs to ensure you’re disposing of e-waste correctly. 

Oral care waste recycling 

Griffith’s EcoCentre has partnered with Terracycle to collect oral care waste for recycling and upcycling. The Library has bins where you can dispose of: 

  • Toothbrushes 
  • Toothpaste tubes 
  • Floss packaging. 

General waste, recycling and paper waste 

The Library also has bins of different colours for different purposes while you’re visiting or studying in the Library: 

  • Red: Landfill (non-recyclables) 
  • Yellow: Mixed recyclables (clean drink containers, food containers and food tins) 
  • Blue: Paper recycling (printer paper, shredded paper, envelopes). 

Always check that you’re using the correct bin before disposing of your waste. 

Need more information? 

If you need help locating any of the bins at the Library, speak to our Library staff. 

Visit the Recycling and waste webpage to learn more about the different programs and partnerships Griffith engages in to create more sustainable campuses.