News from the UC Sustainability Office

Coffee Cup Composting Trial Continuing in 2016!

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IMG_0734aAfter the success of last year, our collection of disposable coffee cups (in the blue bins) for composting is continuing this year! We will assess its progress at the end of the year. Last year we diverted over 15,000 cups from landfill with this service, a massive effort. And we reckon we could divert 250,000+ from landfill if we get this right. In 2017 we hope to expand this service to other forms of compostable packaging. This would enable us to get rid of certain kinds of disposable plastics from campus!

However, this will only be possible if the outcome of the trial is successful. And for this we need your help: success means contaminant free. So please tell your mates to use the Blue Bins but NOT to throw anything else in these bins (including food waste, plastic lids, bottles, cans, or ANYTHING other than empty coffee cups!). Why don’t we want other compostable materials in these bins at present (especially food waste)? Because we are still manually sorting the bins to check for contaminants, and going through decomposing food is pretty gross.

We also have a new addition to the team, Jessica Lunsford, who will be working on this with us this year as a Waste Assistant. Jessica has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, a Certificate in Organic Horticulture and is currently studying a BSc at UC.

Thank you for your help in this!!

For more information on the blue bin trial http://wp.me/p4A3Y6-bP

 

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Author: Puck Algera - UC Sustainability Office

Puck worked at the Sustainability Office at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. As the Sustainability Projects Coordinator, she kept busy with student and staff engagement, providing strategic input and advice and organising sustainability-focused events.

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