11 August 2011

Cancan dancers put kick into recycling cans

Recycling

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Environment, Donna Petrovich MP, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, and General Manager of the Packaging Stewardship Forum, Jenny Pickles, do the right thing and use the right bin.

A recycling scheme which aims to reclaim 20 tonnes a year of bottles and cans has been launched at RMIT University with a display of cancan dancing.

The message to the 34,000 visitors to Open Day on Sunday is that when it comes to binning aluminium cans and PET bottles, they sure cancan.

The dancers put a kick into a $95,000 project funded by RMIT and the Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council to place extra recycling bins and new Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin signage across campuses in the City, Brunswick and Bundoora.

The scheme was launched by:

  • RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Environment, Donna Petrovich MP
  • General Manager of the Packaging Stewardship Forum, Jenny Pickles

Professor Gardner said: “As a global university of technology and design, RMIT aims to help shape sustainable cities. And we know our students and staff are passionate about taking environmental responsibility.

“The early results for this scheme on the City campus are excellent. More than 12 tonnes of material have been recycled in just four months – a 40 per cent increase.

“We have many people who visit our campuses. On Sunday, some 34,000 people will attend our Open Day. They, too, will be able to think green at RMIT.”

Ms Pickles congratulated RMIT on its enthusiasm and commitment to help students and staff boost their “away from home” recycling efforts.

“RMIT is one of 34 universities and TAFEs nationally, including 13 in Victoria, to install new recycling systems. These systems are now providing away-from-home recycling opportunities to around 900,000 people.

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

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