Bottled water free environment

Federation University Australia is committed to environmental sustainability, and as such will be phasing out bottled water being sold across all Victorian campuses during 2019, saving over 18,000 plastic bottles from going to landfill.

Reducing our bottled water consumption will benefit you, your wallet and the environment.

During 2019, plastic bottled water will no longer be available for purchase on campus. In place you will be able to purchase a drink bottle at the on-campus cafes, which you will then have the opportunity to use in future to refill from the on-campus refill locations.

Water stations

A range of water refill taps and bubbler locations are available across FedUni campuses. More locations are planned for 2019.

How will it work?

Bottled water will no longer be sold in vending machines or over the counter at any of our university or TAFE campuses across Victoria, which includes Ballarat, Berwick, Gippsland and the Wimmera. Instead staff and students will be able to bring their own bottle or buy a high-quality reusable glass or metal bottle that they can fill up for free at drinking water stations that are currently available across our campuses.

Why are we doing this?

As a university, we have a responsibility to practice what we preach around sustainability – on one hand we have researchers doing world-leading environmental research but on the other we’re selling plastic water bottles that are polluting our waterways. Our students want this. Our staff want this and it’s the right thing to do.

How many bottles does this equate to?

This will stop around 18,000 plastic bottles from ending up in landfill or polluting our waterways every year.

How much will it cost to buy a reusable bottle?

During the introductory period, we will have high quality metal and glass bottles available for purchase. These will be sold at $5 for students (on presentation of your FedUni student card), and $10 for other customers.