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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.

Need a flat challenge to get you through winter?

Take action on plastic pollution, and get involved in Plastic Free July!

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. Will you come on the journey with us next month?

At UC, we’re walking the talk when it comes to reducing plastics – and you can too. This July we’ve got an epic line-up of events, canvassed experts for their opinions, delved into the latest UC research and we’re looking at our waste on campus to examine this issue and solutions from all angles.

Plastic Free July – Say No to the Big Four:

  • plastic produce and shopping bags
  • plastic straws
  • disposable coffee cups
  • plastic water bottles

Plastic Free July and 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 are designed to reduce our waste to landfill and improve recycling and organic material diversion.

Our most recent waste audit showed that:

  • Our campus community is only diverting two thirds of recycling by weight
  • Organics are making up one third of landfill, with a further 15% being ‘compostable packaging’ items that could have easily been diverted.
  • 78% of compostable packaging is being disposed of to landfill rather than to the compostable packaging bins.

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 Plastic Free July Challenge today!

Get involved on campus 

Keep an eye on the Sustainability Office’s website to see how to see how you can take action during July. Stay tuned on socials to hear inspiring stories and UC research highlights, and take the opportunity to get stuck into practical waste reduction activities and connection events (like beeswax wrap workshops and craft-a-noons).

We’re looking forward to seeing you out there (with your reusables) on campus next month!