Sustainability Representative Network NEWS 

Issue 7: December, 2011

Season's Greetings!                                                                     

Thank you to all SRN members for your time, effort and commitment to sustainability and for actively making a difference in your workplace. I would particularly like to thank Hiranya Anderson, Suzane Azzi, Meredith Chan, Lucinda Coates, Felicity Crombach, Carlene Kirvan, Rebecca Macpherson, Claire Phelps and Emma Wilkie for their exceptional efforts this year. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a nice break with family and friends. Looking forward to working with you in 2012!

Cindy Cunningham, SRN Coordinator

Dreaming of a Green Christmas                                                  

Australians are expected to spend millions of dollars in the festive season, and making the right choice is essential to becoming more sustainable. There are many simple steps we can all take this Christmas to make a difference, and living green can also save you money. Here are some ideas on how to have a sustainable and green Christmas, and give our environment a present this summer.


What are your ideas for having a sustainable festive season?

Let us know on Facebook! The best or most creative staff and student entry will win a bottle of locally produced Certified Australian Biodynamic wine!
We encourage the SRN to enter to share your great ideas. Drawn TOMORROW (22 Dec). 

Spotlight Initiative - Human Resources 'Recycle for Sight'      

SRN members Claire Phelps and Susan Wallace from Human Resources joined forces to introduce an eyeglass recycling initiative in their Department. Unwanted sight and reading glasses are collected and donated to the Lions Club for their ‘Recycle for Sight’ program. The Lions Club have volunteers who clean, sort by prescription strength and package the donated glasses which are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact. 

If your Department has introduced a green initiative or you have a story you would like to share about your sustainability efforts please let us know! Contact Cindy on 9850 1087 or email

Frequently Asked Questions                                                       

How can you dispose of e-waste items on campus?
Macquarie University has an electronic re-use and recycling scheme. E-waste items such as computers, printers and faxes can be disposed of regularly using the University’s service request system. To book an e-waste collection call the Services Desk on extension 7145 or fill in an online services request form. The items will be collected by security and taken to our storage facility. Unusable e-waste is recycled off campus by external contractors. 

Where does unusable e-waste go?
Macquarie University uses Sims Recycling Solutions, to recycle our e-Waste. Electronic equipment can contain heavy metals including lead and other hazardous materials which leach out, contaminating soil and water if they are disposed of in landfill. Sims Recycling Solutions process waste electrical products dismantled into commodity groups. Hazardous substances such as lead and cadmium are safely recovered and disposed of in the most eco-friendly way possible. Commodities are assessed for materials specification and segregated accordingly. Products are then sent for specialised processing for final reclamation. 

For more information, visit our waste webpage

And the Winner is...                                                                     

Thank you to all SRN members who completed the annual SRN survey and for providing valuable feedback!  Dhyana Scarano from Informatics is the lucky winner of the draw and receives movie tickets and a bottle of organic wine.

SRN Arboretum Tour                                                                    

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Happy Holidays!

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