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Melbourne Polytechnic tackles landfill with new public place recycling program

10 Feb 2015

New year, clean slate – and Melbourne Polytechnic is taking ‘clean’ literally with the rollout of a new public place recycling program that will keep more waste out of landfill.

Funded by the Australian Packaging Covenant and Melbourne Polytechnic, the program aims to increase recycling rates among staff and students of the institute and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“This initiative is exciting and challenging, and we believe it reflects the expectations of the broader community and what people currently do in their own homes. We want to improve our current rates of recycling so we’re asking people to change behaviour on campus,” said Rachael Keefe, Sustainability Officer, Melbourne Polytechnic. 

Under the new public place recycling program, three bins will be installed together in each location: one for landfill, one for recyclables (i.e. cans, bottles, glass), and one for paper and cardboard.

Initially, the bins will be rolled out at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Preston, Heidelberg, Fairfield, Collingwood and Epping campuses, with Prahran campus and the institute’s training centres to follow. All public areas including classrooms, cafeterias and offices will have existing bins removed, and the new bins installed in communal areas.

“We’re proud to have received funding and support from the Australian Packaging Covenant,” said Ms Keefe, “as it has allowed us to roll this program out consistently and comprehensively across our campuses. We are very optimistic that our students, staff and visitors will embrace this initiative and do their bit in reducing our contribution to landfill.”

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.  It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.

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Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1481387698e.cin1481387698hcety1481387698lopen1481387698ruobl1481387698em@ai1481387698ocati1481387698na1481387698

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and seven specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east and Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.

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