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CQUniversity ‘steps up’ its commitment to a cleaner, healthier tomorrow

Published:13 March 2020

CQUniversity Mackay staff and students recently cleaned up their local area, as part of Clean Up Australia events held across the University's footprint.

More than 150 CQUniversity staff and students stepped up to collect up to one tonne of rubbish at simultaneous Clean Up Australia Day events across all mainland states.

The 13 CQUniversity locations to participate in the event included Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns (postponed due to rain) Gladstone, Mackay Ooralea and City, Melbourne, Noosa, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney, and Townsville.

CQUniversity Director Facilities Management Ronald Tollasepp thanked those staff and students who once again supported the great Australian initiative.

“Every year, without fail, CQUniversity staff and students nationally step up to clean up, fix up and conserve our local community natural environments," he said.

"This year we had another large turnout of students and staff volunteers, showing continued support to cleaning up our local communities by giving back time and effort.

“This goes to show that attitudes towards waste are changing, in a positive way, and that if we come together, we can work towards a cleaner, healthier tomorrow for all.”

Incredibly, over the last 30 years, 17.7 million Australians have donated 30 million hours to collect 365 000 ute loads of rubbish ss part of Clean Up Australia Day activities across the nation.

This year, CQUniversity not only partnered with Clean Up Australia as the nation’s only Tertiary Education Platinum Business Supporter, but also a Corporate Changemaker for Circular Economy.

Mr Tollasepp said the decision to become a Corporate Changemaker made sense, given the University’s aim to adopt the Circular Economy model to help minimise waste.

“A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose). By adopting the model, organisations use products for as long as possible, and then recover the materials at the end of life,” he said

“Becoming a Corporate Changemaker provides us with a way to involve our communities as we embed sustainable practices in our operations, underpinned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“Moving forward, in line with CQUniversity’s Sustainability Framework, we will aim to buy products that either last, have been designed for end of life, contain recycled content or have been previously used, as well as repair when possible and avoid single-use items.”

For more information, visit https://www.cleanup.org.au/circular-economy#CorporateChangemakers. Or to view images from the various clean up events, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/83593535@N04/albums/72157713453541626/with/49650546687/