27 November 2018

The University of Queensland is taking another step in its commitment to sustainability, installing an Envirobank Smart Pod on campus.

UQ’s Chief Operating Officer Greg Pringle said the new waste reduction initiative is part of the Queensland government’s Containers for Change scheme.

“As home to the largest university program in the state, and the population of a large town on campus every day, we’re serious about sustainability,” Mr Pringle said.

“Taking part in the scheme serves the dual purpose of boosting UQ’s recycling rate and further reducing the number of drink containers which end up as litter.

“It’s just one of a number of recycling initiatives as the University strives to divert waste from landfill as part of its Recycling and Waste Minimisation Program.

“It’s also a chance for students and staff to make money and do their bit for the environment, or for charity.”

The containers suitable for the scheme are the second most littered item in the state, with around 3 billion drink bottles generated in Queensland each year.

The Smart Pod accepts most 150 ml to 3-litre containers made of plastic, glass, aluminium, steel and liquid paperboard.

They should be empty, uncrushed and unbroken and have their label still attached.

Each empty container is worth ten cents and donors can take home cash via paypal, credits for discount vouchers at various stores, or donate their refund to a selected charity or community fundraiser.

The orange collection bags to hold the containers will be available on site.

The Smart Pod has been set up on Coldridge Street, St Lucia, within the carpark area.

More information can be found here, or by emailing sustainability@uq.edu.au.

Media: UQ communications, communications@uq.edu.au. +61 7 3365 1120.