For Fresher’s week 2017 at the University of Malta we teamed up with KSU to create a cube within which students threw their plastic bottles. We aim to repeat this in secondary schools, six forms and other education hubs like MCAST.
The cube measured 2x2x2m, was made from wood and utilised a fishing net found during one of our clean-ups around Malta’s coast. We will create similar boxes for the project. Each box also had signage on the side to inform people what to throw in. Each cube can also be dismantled and set-up elsewhere.
Zibel and KSU made sure to spread the word via Facebook posts on both main pages, Instagram posts from each of the members in each team and going around University looking for plastic bottles to throw into the cube. The cube began being shown in posts around social media, growing it’s reach.
After 2 weeks it collected more than 1200 plastic bottles. These were all counted, caps removed and stored for a student’s thesis. In this project we will recycle or turn the bottles into large structures, it depends on the amount collected and the state they are in.
We would like to re-create this project in as many places as possible in order to spread awareness on plastics, tying it in with informative sessions with schools on single use plastics.