GGAA 2014 - Skills for Sustainability - Hunter TAFE - Finalist

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Anything but WASTE – EfS and the Salon Recycling Pilot

Newcastle Hair & Beauty Academy at Hunter TAFE realised that their industry was in need of a “sustainability make-over”. In early 2014 the Academy partnered with Refoil and Woohoo Salon to implement the “Anything but WASTE – Salon Recycling Pilot”. 27 staff, 375 students and 23 local businesses combined to collect 355kg of recyclable foil, 99kg tint tubes and 118kg of hair and transform the industries practice of triple bottle line sustainability.

Top 3 learnings:

  • Industry, staff and student engagement is essential from project inception, implementation and evaluation.
  • Monitoring and reporting of results throughout has provided encouragement for participants and created excitement and passion to continue and extend project activities.
  • Industry placements have enabled and inspired students and industry (regional employers) to review and improve their waste, resource management and sustainability practices.