New recycling scheme piloted at Ayrshire College

New recycling scheme piloted at Ayrshire College

Students at Ayrshire College are being encouraged to recycle using a ‘reversible vending machine’.

Drink cans and bottles bought within the college can be recycled at the Kilmarnock Campus using the machine, which is situated directly outside the college’s main eating area.

In addition to doing their bit for the environment, students have the added incentive of receiving a 20p token each time they recycle an aluminium can or plastic bottle. 

Ayrshire College’s catering department has already made great strides in reducing the college’s environmental impact. They recently introduced a re-usable coffee cup - sold for just 60p - which gives students 10p off every hot drink purchased at the college.

This latest initiative relates to the deposit return scheme set to be introduced across Scotland within the next 12 months. The reversible vending machine will be in place at Ayrshire College for a number of weeks on a trial basis.

Peter Bacchetti, Catering Services Manager at Ayrshire College, said: "One of our key objectives is to look at how we can continue lowering harmful waste on the environment. Waste plastics are a contamination on nature and organic life. Our focus really needs to be on how we best respect the plastics that we do use.

“If we can help shift attitudes and behaviours towards reusing, recycling and respecting the plastics that we use, then this should in turn have the sort of positive impact that we wish for on the environment that we live.”

25 October 2019

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