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Recycling and waste

Waste and recycling milestones and target

Less than 1% of our current waste goes to landfill. This has been achieved by the increase in recycling and diverting the remaining waste to ‘energy from waste’, so in 2014 – 2015 we had a recycling figure of over 43%.

Current figures (2014 – 2015)

University Total Recycled  43.33
 University Total Incineration  0.11
 University Total EfW  50.99
 University Total Composted  5.47
 University Total Landfill  0.11

The goal is to recycle 60% in 2018 – 2019 and we are on our way to achieving this as we have a dedicated team of recycling collectors in 215 Halls kitchens where food, recycling, glass and general waste are all separated, quality and quantity will be corroborated by the Recycling Team and points awarded to Students through Green Redeem.

Additionally across campus we have increased awareness campaigns, provided new systems of waste separation and collection, and are working with Simply Cups to recycle our paper coffee cups from Costa, Starbucks and Social Kitchen. To complement waste and recycling facilities in Halls we have installed separation units in the main Social Kitchen, so allowing staff, students and visitors the opportunity to split the recycling from food, leaving a small amount of general waste.

There are increased opportunities for recycling whilst on the go as we’ve just installed another 12 waste/recycling units along the main concourse.

Recycling on campus

  • Paper recycling: You may already be familiar with the silver bins in your corridor – the papers placed in these, confidential and non-confidential, are shredded and recycled.
  • Mixed recycling: You will see a visible increase in mixed recycling bins in the kitchens. You can recycle aluminum cans, plastics, glass, cardboard, and metals.
  • Don’t forget to give your used batteries to the Porters and your used printer cartridges to the Computer Shop in John Crank.
  • Nearly 100% of your electrical waste along with light tubes is recycled.
  • Duvets are given to Battersea Dogs Home, whilst mattresses and pillows are stored on campus for bulk recycling.
  • Cardboard baling as opposed to mixed compaction is further increasing our recycling rates.
  • British Heart Foundation clothes recycling units are charitable and reduce our waste weights.

Green Tips

Don’t throw away your unwanted stuff – use Freecycle.

You can reduce waste by offering your unwanted items free and it’s also a good opportunity to pick up others’ unwanted items for free. Type 'Hillingdon' or the name of your local town.

Check out these tips and recipes to reduce food waste: