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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!


UC cycles to victory! And so can you…

UC staff have been putting in the mahi as part of  annual Aotearoa Bike Challenge last month, with 237 staff cycling 46,315 kms and saving 5,292kg co2 during the month of February alone!

Their epic efforts resulted in UC coming second in Christchurch (but first in the education sector!), and third overall in Aotearoa for our staff size category. Ka mau te wehi!

Is this making you feel a little bit proud of your uni? Want to be part of UC’s carbon crushing community too? Check out this fab article in CANTA by masters student Emily Ward and see her top 5 reasons why biking made her a changed woman, and be inspired!

Don’t forget UC offers heaps of cool things for students and staff who bike to campus  – like free bike servicing and repairs, community events, showers, covered bike stands and more. Learn more about UC’s bike facilities here.