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Marie met with Tallulah today to check how their Zine is coming along. Tallulah is definitely leading this project, but Lexi is still present. Tallulah had a mood board for the look and feel of the zine and a layout of the content.
At the moment the zine is about 16 pages long, including front and back cover. One spread has been created of Easy swaps.
The team has been encouraged to finish a first draft of the zine as well as think about how they can gather feedback on it from other students. It was also discussed at the meeting about how they want to distribute and fund printing, whether it is something they could do in collaboration with Victoria University or even with local businesses around time.
The Facilitators met with the Recycling team the 7th and 14th August. On the 7th the team was challenged to think about what they want the final project to eventuate into. Is it preventative and educational resources or events that decrease waste/plastic usage or is it a proposal written for Massey to offer composting or recycling? The team was encouraged to do their recycling trial in block 12 C floor kitchen.
On the 14th Mags and Marie met with Tallulah and Lexi. The students expressed feeling the pressure of hand ins as it week 5, the week before hand ins for CoCA students. They had put up the signs in the kitchens for the recycling, but though they weren't being a used as Tallulah was checking them in the morning – this could be because the cleaners empty the bins each morning, best to check in the evening.
The team also has plans to create a Meet Chloe Swarbrick Drinks (Green Party MP), run a workshop for people to create beeswax wraps, create a educational zine with recipes to create zero waste products and give facts about why being zero waste is important AND think about if they'd like to create a proposal for Massey to implement better ways of dealing with recycling.
The team will meeting up with Mags in the second week of the holidays before Week 7 to show the work they have done on the Zine.
This project is taking a break during hand in period.
In week one of semester two the Recycling at Massey team completed a trial of having compost bins placed in various locations around the Massey Wellington campus (The Pyramid, The Lounge, Co-Lab kitchen, Block 12 D Floor kitchen, and Block 1 CMP kitchen).
5 plastic square storage bins with lids and a set of 20 compostable bags were purchased for the team to use in the trial. Lisa Slade (Campus Operations) was collaborated with to make sure the cleaners and appropriate Massey staff were aware of the trial and it was okay to do the trial in the selected locations.
The team drew up a proposal prior to the trail stating what they hoped to find out and the trials restraints.
The trial provided interesting insight to the need or even desire to compost organic matter. Both the compost buckets in the Co-Lab kitchen and the Lounge kitchen were used most. The buckets in Block 12, Block 1 and The Pyramid were hardly used. The project team will be doing a SWOT analysis of the trial, and extended the trial into week two to find out if it makes a difference in the usage.
The Recycling team was asked to think about their next steps, Facilitator recommending a proposal to be written up for the university when they approach re-looking at their recycling within the next year. The team also said they would trial putting signage on the bins in D floor, Block 12 to see if they could encourage people to recycle correctly with no contamination.
The team also hosted a talk about recycling by Waste-Ed last Thursday (26/07/28) in Block 12, Gallery C space. There were probably about 15 attendees, almost half were staff. The talk shed insight into what can be recycled and alternatives that exist to non-recyclable objects. We will get a summary from the Recycling team about how the event went when we next meet with them.
About the project
A project looking into Massey's current offering of recycling and compost around the campus, to find out if it is something the Massey community wants and what solutions could be put in place to increase recycling and composting at Massey University in Wellington.