Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



APU Club Environmentreet Certified as Environmental Preservation Organization by Oita Prefecture


Jul 22, 2011

Environmentreet is an APU student club that collects PET bottle caps and sells candles made from used cooking oil in an effort to protect the environment and improve the quality of life on campus. It was recently designated a Zero Waste Task Force by Oita Prefecture as part of its environmental preservation activities.

Zero Waste Task Forces are organizations engaged in waste reduction, recycling and other environmental preservation efforts, and they play leading roles in Oita Prefecture's "Zero Waste Strategy", a policy that aims to conserve the prefecture's natural environment while ensuring local quality of life.  After a careful screening of candidates, Task Forces are selected annually and engage in wide range of environmental preservation activities during the program period that lasts until March of the following year.

Environmentreet representative KOJIMA Nana (APS3, Japan) remarked on the club' appointment as a Task Force: "The is some pressure having been selected by Oita Prefecture, but this designation will also push us to do our best. First and foremost, we would like expand our activities on campus and add new members to our club."

Established in June 2010, Environmentreet has been giving something back to the community through its involvement in waste reduction efforts, including installing PET bottle cap collection boxes on campus and selling candles made from used cooking oil at the school festival. The group also plans to start collecting and recycling used notebook paper and to run a "my bottle" campaign at the Pacific Cafe to encourage students to use their own refillable water bottles.

It will be interesting to see what Environmentreet does next.

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