Mt Albert Student Village benefits from sustainability fund

  • Student village benefits from recycling

Unitec’s Environmental Sustainability Team is thrilled to have been awarded $15,478 from the new Auckland Council Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund to set up better recycling systems at Unitec's Student Village.

There are 305 Unitec student residents in the village located at its Mt Albert campus, on either side of Oakley Creek. Work starts next week with a waste audit, closely followed by removal of four existing super-sized skips which are a real 'eye sore' directly in front of the village. 

These will be replaced with wheelie bins, recycling bins, compost bins and worm farms over the course of the project. An end of term charity pick-up is planned for students' unwanted items when they leave the village, and an Oakley Creek clean-up project is also in the pipeline.

The Student Village Recycling project team includes Carolyn Cox, Unitec's Environmental Sustainability Manager, Frank Webb, Contracts and Building Compliance Manager, Nika Solomon, Special Projects Manager, and Ben Kevey, Unitec's Student President. The team are hoping to help Unitec reduce the amount of rubbish sent from its student village to landfill by at least 50%.

If you live in the Student Village and would like to be a part of the team, or have some suggestions to help reduce Student Village waste, please contact Carolyn Cox on 815 4321 ext 8394 or ccox@unitec.ac.nz