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Responsible consumption and production


12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Icon of an infinity symbol with the title "Responsible consumption and production" Icon of an infinity symbol with the title "Mahi Tika"

In order to reduce the impact that the University throws out into landfill, a major waste management company in Dunedin was approached. Ways of reducing waste were closely looked at. For example, one initiative is called “Green Your Scene.”

Aotearoa NZ sustainable development goals summit series campaign image with the following quote "Our notorious skip day is taking a turn for 2021! Instead of chucking 11 general waste skips out into the streets, students will now be enabled to sort their waste, offering recycling and other diversion operations to ensure we don't see it all just end up in landfill"

This is an initiative set up to directly address everyday patterns of behaviour and thinking around sustainability. One action taken from this was to remove all disposable coffee cups from campus stores and outlets.

In 2020, reverse vending machines were dotted around the campus. Reverse vending machines give vouchers to people who recycle cans and plastic bottles in them.

Vending machine that approves plastic and aluminium cans but not glass Another perspective of the same machine

Another action from “Green Your Scene” was the use of an electric truck, which now services the campus to manage waste.

An orange electric truck

Vocabulary Focus: “dotted around”

1. What does this mean? What other things around you might be “dotted around”?

Let us know below.

Look at the sentence:

“In order to reduce the impact that the University throws out into landfill, a major waste management company in Dunedin was approached.”

2. Change the order of this sentence, so that “In order to” is in the middle of the sentence, write your answers in the comments below.

1. approached 2. major 3. initiative 4. disposable
*Note: this vocabulary has been filtered through the Academic Word List from sublist 1 – up to and including sublist 5. Therefore, this course is designed to fit Intermediate Level English language learning students and above
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