Moving towards a plastic free campus

Educational institutions across Greater Manchester are taking up the challenge to remove avoidable single-use plastics from their campus.

Backed by the Mayor, and in partnership with the NUS, the Plastic Free Campus initiative has support from a number of Universities and Colleges across at Greater Manchester.

It is clear that the way plastics are produced, used and disposed of is causing a global environmental problem and, if left to continue, the damage is irreversible. The reality is that we can’t afford to wait; the affects that plastic waste is having on our environment and city needs action now. As educators of the world’s leaders, Universities and Colleges offer an opportunity for a long-term shift of attitudes and leader supported action on plastics.

Students have already shown strong support for action on plastics; in January 2018 a student survey identified that 79% of students would support a tax on non-recyclable packaging used and 52% support a ban on single-use plastics altogether.

This in an exciting time for Greater Manchester and we are just at the start of our journey. The first step is to develop a single-shared blue-print for all Greater Manchester’s further and higher educational institutions that sets out what a plastic free campus would look like and a commitment to take action.

Keep checking back for more updates as the campaign progresses.

 

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