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We have been asking staff, students and alumni to share with us objects and places that make the University of Chester special to them. This week, Sustainability Officer at the University, Tamara Hunt, chose the newly installed water dispensers across our campuses. Here’s why…

“As part of the University’s aim to minimise our impact on our local environment and in a bid to reduce the waste produced, we have taken a number of actions to reduce plastic waste – in particular single use plastic such as straws, coffee lids and bottles. The University aims to lead by example by putting sustainability at the heart of all our activities.

“In 2016, just after Queen’s Park Campus opened, we installed a series of water dispensers offering free chilled water to staff and students to fill reusable bottles. Since then we have installed further units totalling 16 across the University. Collectively they have saved over 200,000 bottles.

“The UK uses 13 billion plastic bottles every year; of which only 7.5 billion are recycled (House of Commons, 2017). Over the last few months, it has been hard to miss the growing coverage of the impact of plastic waste. None more so than on the BBC’s Blue Planet, which highlighted the catastrophic impact plastic waste can have on all corners of the earth, even the most remote areas where there is no human habitation!”

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If you would like to nominate an object or place for #UoC100Objects, we would love to hear from you! Email us at alumni@chester.ac.uk or drop us a message on social media.

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