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 traditionally have very low rates of recycling and are a significant contributor to landfill volumes. Biodegradable bags actually degrade into smaller plastic pieces that can enter the food chain and cause wider environmental pollution. Soft plastics can include bread bags, chip packets, chocolate wrappers, shopping bags, bubble wrap...for the full list of what you can recycle into benches see the infographic below.

Over the last several months the University trialled a program in partnership with Plastic Police to turn soft plastics into benches providing added outdoor seating across campus.

By being part of this program and recycling your soft plastics, you will assist the University in achieving its waste reduction goals and help the environment and the animals that live in it. Find out where you can recycle your soft plastics on Callaghan campus.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.