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New alternatives to single use plastic water bottles

Thursday, 31 January 2019

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Water refill stations, vending machines and reusable water bottles are some of the new alternatives now available as part of ECU’s campaign to restrict single use plastic water bottles.

Since mid-2018, ECU has stopped providing single use still water plastic bottles at its events and vendors across all campuses have supported this by restricting their sale and offering alternatives such as glass and reusable bottles.

What’s new?

  • Six new filtered water refill stations and water fountains will be installed at the Joondalup, Mount Lawley and South West Campuses in February. These water stations provide free and safe filtered drinking water. Simply bring your own water bottle to refill. Locations of all refill stations are listed below. Campus maps will be updated in coming weeks.
    • Joondalup Campus –outside Buildings 18, 19, 22, 31, Student Housing and Campus West
    • Mount Lawley Campus –outside Buildings 1, 7, 16 and Student Housing
    • South West Campus –outside Buildings 4 and 6
  • Existing filtered water stations (outdoors and indoors) will be upgraded in February with new signs to improve visibility. Look out for the new signage promoting ‘free fill beats land fill’ (pictured).
  • New portable filtered water stations will soon be available at each campus for use at outdoor events.
  • A new spring water refill vending machine has been installed at the Joondalup Campus and another machine will soon be installed at the Mount Lawley Campus. Both vending machines are offered on a trial basis. For a small fee, the machine will dispense filtered spring water into a bottle you provide. These will be located outside the library at Joondalup (level 2) and opposite Grindhouse café at Mount Lawley (next to the ATM).
  • Vending machines will stop selling single use plastic water bottles from 8 February and will replace them with spring water in cartons along with non-branded reusable bottles. The reusable bottles have been provided by ECU at a subsidised price ($5) while stocks last.
  • New ECU branded stainless steel ($14.50) and glass bottles ($19.50) are available for purchase from food and beverage outlets at the Joondalup, Mount Lawley and South West Campuses. The bottles have been subsidised by ECU and $2 from the sale of each bottle will be donated to the Inspiring Minds Equity Fund which supports scholarships for ECU students.
  • Most on site food and beverage outlets have moved plastic straws from highly visible locations with the straws only available on request. Some outlets are offering environmentally friendly straws as an alternative.

How can I help?

  • Plan ahead – by bringing your own water bottle with you to campus, you will have a range of free refill options.
  • Recycle – if you do have a single use plastic bottle, make sure you put them in the recycling bins provided on campus.
  • BYO coffee cup – most café outlets provide a discount for those that bring their own cup or you can purchase one at select cafes and the Co-op shops.

Questions?

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Facilities and Services FAQ webpage.

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