University Drive closed – Tues and Wed, 8pm – 6am

Contractors working on the Uni-Cycle route through Campus are required to completely close University Drive from Ilam Road to Clyde Road, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights next week. This is to allow them to carry out new road marking and ensure the project is completed by next week. The closure will take place over two evenings to minimise the impact on staff and students.

Closure dates – Tues 7 Feb and Wed 8 Feb
Closure time – 8:00 pm to 6:00 am

If you are intending to park on campus between these times, please use the Science Road or Arts Road/Clyde car parks. There will be no access to the Okeover, ICT or Law car parks.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

50K Coffee Cups Composted – What’s next?

We have been operating our coffee cups collection trial for two years now, after starting the initial trial back in 2014. Now the trial is at an end and we can report that we have diverted around 50,000 coffee cups from landfill, and sent them to be composted. This is great – but we still have a long way to go.

We will be continuing with our coffee cup collection system, and hopefully expanding it so that there are more collection points around campus. We are also looking to shift from the current type of coffee cups to a version that is certified compostable, and we should see some advances in this area over the next 12-18 months.

The OSCAWe were very excited to see the on-site composting of food waste and coffee cups at the University of the Sunshine Coast in their On-Site Composting Apparatus (OSCA). This simple system makes it possible to produce a high-grade compost on site (imagine how this could aid the creation of an Edible Campus, for example!) and eliminate some of the forms of waste we currently struggle with at UC (especially food grade plastic packaging). Check out the OSCA here for some inspiration!

We do ask yoIMG_0734au to follow the instructions on the blue and other coloured recycling bins on campus. So no lids in the blue bins, or other items, just the single-use cups. We are noticing a lot of contamination in the bins (items in the wrong bins), and this means that recycling is incorrectly and unnecessarily sent to landfill. We really need your help to reduce waste on campus!

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