Learn, take action, and get involved this Plastic Free July!

It’s time to #choosetoreuse! Ditch those plastic produce and shopping bags; say no to plastic straws; take a reusable coffee cup, takeaway container or water bottle with you when you’re out and about and join the Plastic Free July Challenge with us!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. By empowering individuals, communities, and businesses to choose to refuse single-use plastics, together we can make a huge impact.

Are you and your flatties up for the challenge?


Take action at one of UC Sustainability’s free workshops to learn a new skill and take home some plastic-free goodies!

DIY Dish Scrubby workshopWednesday 20 July, 3pm – 4pm


Te Rua Makerspace (Level 2 Puaka-James Hight)
Beeswax Wrap WorkshopThursday 21 July, 12pm – 2pm


Te Rua Makerspace (Level 2 Puaka-James Hight)
Tee Shirt to Tote Bag workshopWednesday 27 July, 3pm – 4pm


Te Rua Makerspace (Level 2 Puaka-James Hight)

UC’s waste planning

Plastic pollution is a global issue, but it’s local too! PFJ is an opportunity for our community to help achieve UC’s waste reduction goals. The 2022-2030 Waste Plan sets out five targets that are designed to reduce our waste to landfill and improve recycling and organic material diversion:

  1. Landfill waste stream to be composed of at least 75% ‘clean landfill’ by 2024 (i.e. a maximum of 25% of this stream to be made up of items that could have been diverted, compared with 61% currently)
  2. Contamination of comingled recycling stream to be no greater than 25% by 2024
  3. Retain or improve on 94% clean organics stream by 2024
  4. Clean landfill rate drops by 25% by 2026
  5. Single use plastic bottle disposal drops by 20% by 2025 and 50% by 2030

We know that together, we can do better. So, take a step – be it big or small – towards waste reduction and join other staff and students in taking the PFJ challenge today!

Keep an eye on our website and social media to see other ways UC is walking the talk when it comes to tackling pesky plastics this month.

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