Do the right thing, use the right bin

La Trobe University is encouraging new and existing students alike to Do The Right Thing and use the new away from home recycling bins that will be launched on Wednesday to coincide with Orientation Week activities at the University.

New Bins

Launch details
Agora, La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus
When? Wednesday 20 July, 12 pm - 2.30 pm
What? Free vegetarian BBQ and prizes

With assistance from the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF) of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, 134 new waste and recycling bins have been installed across the University's five campuses in Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. Each bin carries the call to action to Do The Right Thing, Use the Right Bin.

The new systems will provide away from home recycling opportunities for up to 26,000 students and 2,500 staff and divert at least 140 tonnes of PET and aluminium cans from landfill each year - enough to fill almost 19,450 household wheelie bins.

'Recycling is an easy, convenient way to make a difference to the environment.  The installation of these new bins is one of the ways we can continue to encourage sustainable behaviour changes within our community,' Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability), Professor Carol Adams said.

General Manager of the PSF, Jenny Pickles has congratulated the University on its enthusiasm and commitment to help students and staff boost their "away from home" recycling efforts.

'The University was eager to encourage recycling on its campuses and we came on board with some expertise on how to do it,' Ms Pickles said.

'Through well-placed bin infrastructure and promotion of the Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin message, the new systems will make it just as easy to recycle away from home as it is at home.'

For more on La Trobe's recycling practices visit the recycling homepage.

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