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Five ways to join the War on Waste

Five ways to join the War on Waste

Comparison diagram of one reusable shopping bag vs two single-use bags per trip, four bags per week, 16 bags per month and so on.

By Josh Bruni

Thanks to all our residential school students who purchased reusable KeepCups! Reusable cups help prevent the large amount of waste that goes into landfill each year. I urge you to continue the war on waste from home and help make a difference.

Here are five easy ways all students can join the war on waste:

  1. Use reusable shopping bags: Bring your own reusable bags to the supermarket. Woolworths and Coles are both removing single-use plastic bags soon, so now is a good time to start. If you happen to have some single-use bags in your cupboards at home, they make great bin liners or can be returned at “red cycle” at all Coles stores
  2. Use a reusable cup when buying coffee: Whether it’s a CSU-subsidised Keep Cup or just a mug from home, it helps prevent tons of cups ending up in landfill each year. You might also save a couple of dollars here and there (especially buying coffee on campus!)
  3. Choose to dine in instead of getting takeaway: This will mean less packaging is used, resulting in less waste being sent to landfill. It can also be good to take some time off and eat somewhere new
  4. Turn down straws: Straws are a single-use item that can cause significant environmental damage
  5. Op shop: Try your hand at op shopping and see what bargains you can score! Not only will you be the best dressed, you will have saved money and stopped clothing going into the rubbish. Donating your clothes is also a great way to get rid of unwanted items and helps others to look as trendy as you.

Josh Bruni is the Sustainability Adviser at Albury-Wodonga Campus. He is studying Environmental Science and Management, and enjoys the outdoors and watching and playing many sports, including AFL, tennis and basketball.

Keep an eye out for more news from the Sustainability Advisers and CSU Green throughout the year.


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