The Griffith University EcoCentre has partnered with US recycling and upcycling powerhouse, Terracycle, embarking on a university-wide program, beginning with Nathan campus, to divert specific waste streams away from landfill, while educating the students, staff and the community about waste management.
Terracycle is an eco-friendly, international success story, operating in 21 countries, with more than 60 million participants, recycling or upcycling more than four billion pieces of rubbish. The program harvests specific waste streams, such as oral care products (e.g. toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes), cleaning products, cigarette butts and coffee pods, turning them into common products and materials like watering cans, outdoor furniture, automotive parts and clothes.
We’re excited that Griffith is the first university in Australia with a multi-stream Terracycle program, setting an example for other tertiary institutions and large organisations. On Thursday the 30th of July 2015, the EcoCentre launched Terracycle at Griffith, and inducted over 40 university staff as volunteer recycling 'champions'. Griffith’s program is now collecting oral care waste, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss packaging at multiple locations across the Nathan campus.
Have any of these types of waste (in any brand)? Bring them in to the EcoCentre for recycling and upcycling!
Want to find out more or get involved?
Simply email Dominic at the Griffith University EcoCentre to learn more or, if you're a Griffith staff member, to get your very own Terracycle oral care waste collection box. You can also sign up to the EcoCentre’s mailing list or find us on Facebook, and we'll let you know about other programs, free workshops and events at the EcoCentre.
You can also drop off your waste in any Griffith University library on any campus. That's right - every campus! Simply bring your oral care waste to the library, and the staff will be able to guide you to the Terracycle box.
Want to link your early learning centre with Terracycle?
The Griffith EcoCentre is acting as a conduit to assist early learning centres to set up their own Terracycle programs. Click here to get access to resources to get you started including instructional kits, promotional materials and media resources.