My Melbourne with Judith Alcorn

August 12 / 92

What is your unit?
Campus Operations Group, Property and Campus Services

What is your job title?

Waste and Recycling Coordinator

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Nearly two years

How did you come to work at the University?

After 30 years of environmental education and waste management experience, I was ready for a great big challenge.

Describe your typical day.

Arrive early and check all is well bin-wise! Emails, quick walking meetings with other staff including cleaners and grounds-people, then coffee.  At the moment, my assistant and I are mapping out a new approach to Hard Waste disposal that will mean the end of the unsightly piles of waste around campus. Most days I do some planning and attend meetings. My day is usually broken up by activities such as visiting faculties to check what they need and then delivering bins, stickers, educational materials etc. I take lots of photos of what I see happening to waste and recycling round campus - some great stuff, some not so great.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?
There is such a variety of people and places. I have explored every part of all campuses and met the most amazing people who are all trying to do their bit.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?
From my Mum - after I had a disagreement with a school-mate and spat out "I hate her!" she said "Life is too short to hate people".

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?
I am an artist and enjoy using found objects to create pleasing creations.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?
Usually from Rita and Rene at Shanti Cafe at Alice Hoy (near my office)

What do you like most about the University?
It is so nurturing and exciting - I have daily challenges but also a lot of support. I feel that I can really make a difference.

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