Bags to Benches



The University’s new Environmental Sustainability Plan has a target of achieving a 70% recycling rate for general solid waste generated across the University by 2021.

Soft plastics have very low rates of recycling and are a significant contributor to landfill volumes. These items can also degrade into smaller plastic pieces that can enter the food chain and cause wider environmental pollution.

Over the next 3 months the UON will trial a program in partnership with Plastic Police to turn these bags into benches providing added outdoor seating across campus. Click here to see where you can recycle your soft plastics on Callaghan campus.

Soft plastics can include to bread bags, chip packets, chocolate wrappers, shopping bags, bubble wrap... for the full of what you can recycle into benches click here.

By being part of this trial and recycling your soft plastics, you will assist the UON in achieving its waste reduction goals and help the environment and the animals that live in it.