The University of Melbourne is leading the reuse revolution through its Choose to Reuse Program. The program ensures that all onsite food retailers have the infrastructure they need to provide a reusable-dish service as an alternative to single-use plastics like cutlery, plates and bowls. The site also has a commercial dishwashing service to support businesses to adopt the reuse system.
Since relaunching the program in July 2019, the University has seen a 30% drop in single-use items. This is a total of over 400,000 less items going to landfill. In its first 6 months of operation, the reusable system washed over 250,000 bowls, plates, cutlery, and mugs.