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World Car Free Day this Thursday

Oil up your bike chain and top up your bus cards… and perhaps score a free coffee as we ditch the car this World Car Free Day!

Every year on September 22 communities across the globe unite to celebrate World Car Free Day — a movement that encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day in favour of more climate-friendly modes of transport and to highlight the impact our transport choices make on greenhouse gas emissions.

Moving to more sustainable transport in and around our campuses is part of UC’s goal of reaching carbon neutral status by 2030.

Keen to get on board? Get some fresh air on a walk, bike, skate, or scoot, or chill out on the bus and avoid the stress of the traffic jam and the cost of petrol and parking. And, if you’re lucky… you might just win a spot prize for taking part!

Keep an eye out for student volunteers handing out free coffee vouchers near bus stops, bike stands and through campus on the morning of Thursday 22 September.

Learn about the different options to get to and from campus here, and together let’s think about how we can put down the car keys for the climate this Thursday!

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.