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 past reporting periods is available in the DPS Annual Report.

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.

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 in catering areas.

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:
    Recycling bin Co-mingled recycling bin Rubbish bin
    Paper recycling bins are available many desks. You can use these to recycle almost all types of paper and cardboard. Clean paper, newspapers, and empty tissue boxes can also go in this bin. Co-mingled recycling bins are located in all offices, meal and tea rooms–look for the bin with the blue liner. Co-mingled materials include:
    • rigid plastics—food and beverage containers
    • cardboard—pizza boxes, food packaging   
    • steel and aluminium—cans, tins, foil, trays
    • glass and cartons – bottles, jars, milk and juice cartons
    • takeaway coffee cups 



    • Rigid plastics are any plastics that cannot easily be 'scrunched' into a ball.
    • Empty contents or food scraps, and remove lids from containers before placing into the co-mingled recycling bin.        


    Rubbish bins (white liner) are used for food scraps, polystyrene, plastic plates and utensils, paper towels, tissues, napkins, soft plastics (including plastic bags, food wrappers & packets, cling wrap)

    Note: Soft plastics are any plastics that
    can be ‘scrunched’ into a ball – these can be taken to Woolworths or Coles REDcycle drop off point for recycling, otherwise place in the rubbish bin.
  • Consider whether you need to print documents and if so, use the double-sided and 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.Environment@aph.gov.au for more information on waste management and recycling services.

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