Monday 23 July 2018

Goodbye to take-away coffee cups and drinking straws - DCU aims to become a 'plastic-free' campus

Plastic Drinking Straws
Plastic Drinking Straws
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Take-away coffee cups and drinking straws will soon be a thing of the past in DCU as the Dublin university bids to become 'plastic-free' by 2020.

Dublin City University announced the first phase of a new sustainability drive which will see their campus be 'plastic-free' in two years' time.

And they will be ridding the campus of takeaway coffee cups and drinking straws from this September.

DCU have identified a range of single-use, disposable plastic items to be eliminated due to their detrimental impact on the environment.

Single-use plastic takeaway containers, takeaway cutlery and single-use plastic bags will also be among the items eliminated from campus by September.

Plastic water and soft drink bottles will be completely phased out by 2020, the university said.

Implementation of the ambitious 'plastic-free' project is already underway as part of DCU's Green Campus Week, with plastic cups and glasses withdrawn from campus with immediate effect.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment Denis Naughten joined with the President and DCU Students’ Union to launch the plastic-free drive.

"I commend DCU staff and students for their leadership on this issue. 

"As a society we discard an incredible 80pc of what we produce after a single use.  We have a global and a national plastics crisis and our young people are central to solving it through leading by example and helping to change collective behaviour.  I congratulate DCU on playing its part on tackling our plastics problem head on.’

Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, explained how the university has committed to placing sustainability at the core of all its activities.

“Our prioritisation of sustainability as a key theme reflects DCU’s commitment to address a very real challenge, both at local and global levels.  Today’s announcement is the start of a journey which will help set best practice for our students, staff and society around us.”

DCU Green Week (19-23 March), led by the Students’ Union, will feature talks on sustainability initiatives across the university, research on the impact of declining bee populations on our ecosystems, and the replanting by students of a wild flower meadow beside the university library with seed bombs. 

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