South Pacific College of Natural Medicine is focussing on being as environmentally friendly as possible. From the start of 2019, we have introduced strategies to assist all individuals in the College (students, staff and clinic clients) to be more environmentally mindful of how they consume and dispose of waste.
All general bins have been removed from the classrooms, clinic rooms, student common area and staff offices, ensuring everyone is responsible for what they bring on and take off the premises. The college has had its own keep cup produced, to minimise the use of takeaway cups. This has been very successful in minimising waste.
Bins have been placed in the student common area and in the staff kitchen for plant material waste and teabags, and bins emptied at the end of each day into the on-site College compost bin. Over time, the broken down matter is worked into the College garden.
Paper recycling bins have been placed around the College – for general flat paper and cardboard. Hand towels are separated and are collected by a specialist commercial company.
The College has a Sustainability Committee which meets regularly to discuss how composting and recycling rubbish are being managed. The Committee welcomes suggestions from staff and students on how to better our practices.