Preventing, reusing or recycling waste rather than depositing it to landfill, reduces emissions and resource consumption. Below are some of the ways in which we are endeavouring to reduce the amount of waste that we produce:
Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves approximately 17 trees and 50% of the water needed for production. All our printers have default settings so that all printing is double-sided, and in greyscale rather than colour. We are encouraging staff to reduce the use of printed handouts and reuse one-sided printouts as scrap paper before recycling them. All those using computers are made aware that they can scan documents directly to their email rather than having to make another copy.
Paper ordered for use by all academic and administrative staff carries the EU Ecolabel which guarantees that the product has had a reduced environmental impact throughout its life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal.
Our Marketing and Communications department are actively sourcing printers who have strong sustainability policies.
We have plenty of mixed recycling bins that are well-labelled and positioned next to the printers and in kitchen/cafe areas to ensure everyone remembers to recycle as much as they can.
We are implementing a system to ensure leftovers in communal fridges are minimised. Staff are reminded to only order as much food/ drink as they are sure they will need for meetings and events.
Furniture and equipment
Office furniture and equipment that is no longer needed, is re-homed where possible, rather than sent to landfill. We recycle Waste Electronic and Electrical equipment (WEEE) in accordance with legislation, utilising Computer Disposals Ltd to collect and reuse, recycle or dispose of equipment on our behalf.
We are planning to set up a book/ DVD/ games swap in each faculty so that staff and students can donate anything they no longer want, and get something new!