Recycling Rates on the Increase!
With Wastecycle now collecting waste and recycling from all Oadby Residences, Mary Gee Nixon Court and Freemens Common, students can recycle more and the waste that is produced can be measured and monitored more accurately. At the Halls of Residence the recyclable materials are collected mixed (co-mingled) in a single bin and then taken to a sorting facility in Nottingham where the different materials are separated for reprocessing.
On the academic campus the recycling scheme remains the same and glass should still be separated and put into the glass recycling bins at the rear of the Charles Wilson Building.
Improvements to the University’s recycling scheme are continuously being made. One new scheme in place is the collection and recycling of food waste from the Students’ Union and Charles Wilson catering outlets, which comprises almost 10% of the waste produced on the main campus. This waste is processed via anaerobic digestion at an ‘on-farm’ facility in Bedford and the product is then added to the land as a soil improver. So far, this scheme has prevented over 20 tonnes of food waste going to landfill and we are expecting to recycle over 80 tonnes of food waste each year.
The University aims to achieve a 75% recycling rate across the entire campus by 2015. To achieve this staff and students are asked to recycle more and use the bins correctly. To find out where to put your waste and to see an A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling visit www.le.ac.uk/environment or contact the Waste Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.