Sustainability

Recycling Station

One of many recycling stations, where materials are separated.

NorthTec aims to reduce wastage and maximise efficient use of power resources. This is aimed at reducing our impact on the environment and making cost savings where possible through energy efficiency.

Cafe

The coffee grounds from the Cafe are available for free to staff or students for using on their gardens. The cafe uses biodegradable paper coffee cups. Students can also BYO cups and save $0.50 per coffee.

The worm farm in front of the café helps divert food scraps form landfill.  Staff and students are able to use the worm liquid for their gardens. Additional food waste is collected by a local pig farmer.

Community Garden

Four raised vegetable gardens are available on Raumanga Campus. Staff, students, and local residents are welcome to pick what they want. The garden is also utilised by the onsite café, and hospitality programmes.

Maintenance

Where possible, organic sprays are used to control fungal and insect pests.  This includes Pyrethrum (a natural insect repellent), soap based sprays to control insect numbers, and Conqueror oil (a Bio Certified spray for insects).

Any branches are chipped and put back onto the garden. Biodegradable vegetable oil is used where possible e.g. chainsaw.

Recycling

Recycling stations are available at locations throughout the campus. Waste is monitored to compare the level of recycling to that going to landfill. The recycling rate at Raumanga Campus is 25% and 45% at Dyer Street Campus.

Printing

Northtec is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.  Where possible publications are printed using vegetable-based inks, using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) paper sourced from forests managed in an environmentally responsible way.  Toner cartridges used are recycled in our Copy Centre.

Did you know?

  • Reusable cloth bags are available for students to carry books home from the library.

  • Light bulbs are being replaced with LED energy efficient bulbs

  • A battery recycling bin is at the reception, Dyer Street Campus.

Think Sustainability – what can you do?

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