Gatton students’ horsey eco business is straight out of the box

17 May 2017

Eco-bedding at the UQ VETS Equine Specialist Hospital

What do you do with unwanted cardboard boxes that cost money to remove, particularly if you’re a large enterprise such as a university?

At The University of Queensland, the cardboard is seen as a resource that can be recycled to save money, help clients, and train students in agribusiness entrepreneurial enterprises.

UQ’s Gatton campus is running a pilot project turning discarded cardboard boxes into horse bedding for the UQ VETS Equine Specialist Hospital.

Project manager Dr Francois Visser said the project had potential to save money and reduce waste.

“The equine specialist hospital buys baled cardboard chips from interstate at considerable cost for use as horse bedding,” he said. “At the same time, UQ incurs expense, including the leasing of compacting equipment, to remove waste cardboard from the Gatton campus.

“It makes sense to promote sustainable recycling to turn organisational waste such as cardboard into usable material like horse bedding.

“This process will generate substantial savings while promoting work-integrated learning opportunities for students.” 

Dr Visser said the project had been integrated into the Agribusiness program so students could gain hands-on experience in setting up and running a business.

Read more at UQ's Small Change website