Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Decanting a Campus

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In 2019, the University of Sydney started to decant and move out of its Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) base in Rozelle, Sydney. The University Infrastructure team took this as an opportunity to trial new ways to reuse and recycle materials (not demolition related). The SCA moved into the Old Teachers College on our Camperdown/Darlington campus where a significant remodel of space was needed. To keep projet costs low, reducing the need to buy new equipment was prioritised, then reuse and finally recycle was the lowest priority. Prevention of landfill waste was the aim.

UI team of Juliette Churchill, Snezana Ulbrich, Nicole Marchhart and Victoria Bolton saved approximately 25 tonnes of discarded items from going into landfill. The items found new homes at the following places:
*Local men’s Sheds - Large wood working machinery/equipment approx. 7 pieces - 3.5 tonnes
*Community organisation, Divine Mercy – 1 truckload of stacking chairs some tables and mobile whiteboards – 1.5 tonnes
*Lunatiques, a business in Mascot, Sydney – 6 truckloads of solid timber tables, benches, cabinets, 3 large glass cabinets, retro items and miscellaneous items – approximately 6.5 tonnes
* Metalshop – cleared out the SCA workshop and took 3 big metal benches, 4 large pieces of heavy metal machinery and equipment that required moving out with a forklift. 5 smaller pieces, all items will be reused in a metal and woodworking workshop. Approx. 7 tonnes
* E-waste – computers, laptops, other equipment – approximately 1.5 tonnes (included in figures for OP18)
* Re-use on-campus furniture kiosk – 5 truckloads of furniture into Re-use – 5 tonnes (included in figures for OP18)

In addition there were 7 large loads of scrap metal that was collected for free.
The team went above and beyond working weekends and reaching out to organisations to ensure that the equipment could be re-used by the University and local community.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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