Waste and Recycling

At Parliament House and in the Parliamentary precincts, maintenance, engineering, landscape, computing and catering services generate a variety of waste types. Office-based activities result in mainly paper waste.


The key indicators used to monitor waste management at Parliament House are tonnes of paper recycled, tonnes of co-mingled and organic waste recycled and tonnes of waste sent to landfill (not from the landscape).

Performance for the past two reporting periods is illustrated in the graph.

Waste data 2011-13

Objectives and targets

Key objectives of Parliament House waste management are to maximise recycling rates, provide additional facilities to recycle other types of waste and reduce waste generation. Waste targets are formally set in the DPS Portfolio Budget Statement.

Tips on reducing waste and improving recycling

DPS provides facilities to recycle paper, cardboard, printer cartridges, lamps, used oil, grease, batteries, mobile phones, landscape, metal, co-mingled material and organic food waste from catering areas.Paper recycle bin

If you are working in Parliament House, ways that building occupants can help manage waste are:


  • Recycle paper and co-mingled material using the bins provided.

Co-mingled material includes: rigid plastics, steel and aluminum, glass, milk and juice cartons and non-polystyrene take-away coffee cups – look for the bins with the Blue liner.Recycle bin co-mingling

  • Consider whether you need to print documents and if so, use the double-sided & black and white options.
  • Flatten cardboard, cartons and plastic bottles. The smaller the space waste takes up, the less storage area is needed and the lower the environmental impacts and cost of waste transport.
  • If you have more material to recycle than usual (for example, if you are moving suite or if a function is being held in your work area), then contact your relevant office support services for additional recycling bins.
  • Look for ways to reduce waste by choosing durable items and rethinking purchases. Seek to reuse containers, such as using your coffee mug instead of a disposable take-away cup.

If you are working in Parliament House, contact DPS Customer Service for more information on recycling services.

If you are visiting Parliament House, then please use the recycling facilities and bins provided.

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