Bottled water free environment

We have phased out bottled water being sold across all Victorian campuses, saving over 18,000 plastic bottles from going to landfill.

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

Plastic bottled water is no longer available for purchase on campus. In place you can 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 campuses.

How does it work?

Bottled water is no longer 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 can 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.

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