WORDS by Anna Glen & Nick Wasiliev


Make cash while you recycle

Plastic bottles have now overtaken cigarette butts as the most littered item in Sydney.  To address this problem the City of Sydney introduced reverse vending machines in 2014, where an empty drink container could give you the chance to win rewards such as tickets to Moonlight Cinema, food vouchers or a bridge climb. The machines can be found at bus stand C on Alfred Street, Circular Quay and in Dixon Street mall, and Haymarket.

This foreshadowed Mike Baird’s announcement in January of this year that a ‘cash for containers’ scheme would be introduced in NSW, with the rebate likely to be 10 cents per article. A similar scheme was implemented in South Australia and rapidly increased the amount of recycling in that state – South Australia now has double the rate of recycling compared to the rest of the country.

So get on it!


Are you ready to Learn? ilearn Upgrade

You may have noticed that iLearn looks a little different. Don’t panic, because functionally, it’s practically the same as it was before.  However there are some added useful new features; lectures can now be downloaded as podcasts and there is a calendar that can be used to keep your crazy academic life organised. The new logo for Macquarie – which is actually goes back to the old lighthouse – can be seen in the top right hand corner.


Netflix has arrived

Netflix is arriving in Australia this month and is expected to cost $9.99. But don’t get too excited. The choice of shows will not be nearly as exhaustive as the American and British versions because Murdoch’s Foxtel still has rights to many popular TV programs, including Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

March 9: Sisters unite

March 8 is International Women’s Day. Introduced in 1977 by the United Nations, the day is designed to celebrate the achievement of women economically, socially and politically as well as push for greater equality. The theme for 2015 is ‘Make it happen’ and the Opera House will be holding an #allaboutwomen event with popular feminist speakers such as Anita Sarkeesian, Clementine Ford and Jane Caro.