The University of Newcastle, Australia

Bags to benches

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

In an effort to address the issue of soft plastics that are polluting local land and marine environments, UON has joined the Plastic Police® program currently being piloted in the Hunter region. Through the program, UON will be collecting soft plastics which will be recycled into outdoor benches.

“The Bags to Benches program is great way to give this important issue visibility,” Environmental Manager, Daan Schiebaan said.

“The response to program has been extremely positive – just three weeks in and we are 25% of the way toward making our first seat,” Daan said.

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

“The support for the Bags to Benches program is a good sign that we will be able to achieve the behaviour change we need to achieve our target,” Daan said.

Staff can drop their soft plastic rubbish at collection points at Callaghan, located within Student Accommodation Precinct, Auchmuty and Huxley libraries as well as the NUSA and Services Buildings.

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