Managing our waste and water are important sustainability priorities to improve our environmental performance and reduce costs in running our estate. We have put in place various measures to minimize our impact and also to engage with people in ways that contribute to shifting thinking around waste and support the circular economy.

Our Carbon Management Plan 2010-2020 has set goals against our 2010 baseline to:

  • Reduce waste arising by 25%
  • Reduce waste going to landfill by 81%
  • Increase our recycling rate to 75%
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from water consumption and disposal by 20%
Waste & Water

We’ve made solid progress so far:

Our 2014 figures show:
  • Our waste arising has reduced 54%
  • Our waste to landfill has reduced by 83%
  • 67% of all waste is now recycled
  • Our CO2 emissions from water have reduced 14%
Waste & Water

We’ve achieved this by:

  • Switching to a single bin system with waste compacted and weighed on site then transferred to a local sorting facility that extracts the maximum recyclable material.
  • Electricity production – Transferring 87% of the non-recyclable waste to an energy recovery plant where it is combusted to produce around 6 MWh of electricity every month.
  • Separating food waste in refectories and kitchens to prevent spoiling dry waste, and introducing a reward card system to minimise staff/student use of disposables.
  • Emissions and discharges – we regularly audit our emissions to air and water as part of identifying and evaluating our environmental impacts and aspects, confirming our continuing compliance against our legal register, and by conducting internal audits as a requirement of our certified ISO 14001 environmental management system.
  • Individual departments such as our Libraries, who have reused and recycled 9,253 books, saving 147 trees and 64,587 gallons of water.
  • British Heart Foundation partnership – that encourages staff and students to put unwanted items in campus collection bins, particularly when moving out of halls.
  • Measures to reduce water consumption:
    • Improved water metering and monitoring at all campuses
    • Trial of low flow devices at Elwes Building on Park Campus
    • An independent survey of water consumption at the student bar on FCH campus.

Help us achieve even more:

  • Donate unwanted items via BHF bins on campus – from 2012-2014 over 7,000 tonnes of goods were donated, raising around £15,000, and representing over 75 tonnes of carbon. In 2015 481 bags of goods were donated, raising £10,000 for charity.
  • Choose reusable plates and cutlery in the refectories, over using disposable takeaway options and remembering your water bottle or reusable mug
  • Place any food waste in the appropriate refectory bins
  • Report dripping taps or water leaks – contact the Estates Helpdesk – 01242 714 888

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