Every student at the KSU Freshers’ Week must have realised the massive wooden box and net structure gathering plastic bottles in the Quadrangle. It is easy to forget overarching issues like recycling and the environment during the rush that is the KSU Freshers’ Week, however, this year KSU have collaborated with Zibel and FabLab Valletta to make sure that students are encouraged to recycle their plastic bottles.
In comments to Insite, KSU Vice President Mr Steve Zammit Lupi said that he believed that “councils and authorities, any person with decision making power, must lead by example and push the policies they wish to implement, change or improve.” He added that it is unacceptable that at the University of Malta, there is no basic recycling system in lecture rooms, library, canteen or the beloved quadrangle.
“We teamed up with Zibel, an NGO that specialises in clean ups and marine waste, to construct a cube on quad,” Zammit Lupi said. The green net was actually picked up during a coastal clean-up and repurposed for the initiative, as explained in KSU’s post in their ‘The KSU Freshers’ Week 2017’ event on Facebook. The net and the construction not only makes it a bit of fun to toss used plastic bottles, but it also makes it easy to see the amount of waste being gathered, and makes you wonder just how much waste goes unnoticed.
Other environmentally friendly initiatives by the KSU during Freshers’ Week include reusable coffee cups as a freebie from the stand and a reusable cotton Freshers’ goodie bag from the stand, rather than the usual cheaper paper. “Although more expensive, the environmental trade off made it more sensible,” said the Vice President. “It would be pointless to talk about this stuff if we are adding senseless waste to the problem ourselves.”
There are also furniture to chill on near the Bay Stage to the left of the Students’ House made of repurposed wooden pallets and a number of other initiatives for The KSU Hard Rock Café Malta Campus Fest 2017 which should push a greener agenda this year at University. “We hope that students collaborate, do their bit, and come forward with their ideas,” added Mr Zammit Lupi, “We are here to listen.”