Vice Principal Professor Mary Bownes describes the main achievements and headline results for recycling and waste management in 2008-09.
The University would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank each one of you for your contribution in achieving an over 60% recycling rate, and indeed for surpassing the recycling target of 60% for 2010.
The University recycled at least 63% (1,460 tonnes) of its general waste - including paper, cardboard, mixed recyclate (office waste), Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), green waste for compost and some food waste. This is compared to 56% (1,200 tonnes) recycling during 2007-08.
The University's recycling target for 2010 is 60%. Having reached this target early, we will work towards a revised target of a 3% year on year increase in recycling.
The University sent around 855 tonnes of waste to landfill during 2008-09 and a further 5 tonnes to incinerator. This is a 40% decrease since 2001 - down from 1,444 tonnes landfilled or incinerated that year.
It is possible to make reasonable estimates of the financial benefits to the University from recycling and composting certain streams as opposed to sending them to landfill or incinerator. The overall notional savings for 2008-09 has increased by 66% on last year.
Despite everyone's really excellent support, the University spent £241,000 on centrally-managed waste disposal and recycling contracts in the year (14% up on last year). The cost of specialist waste streams is recharged direct to producing schools / units where possible, and the actual cost to Estates and Buildings was around £148,000 - mainly for general waste and recycling contracts - which is also an increase on last year. However, it would cost much more if everyone had not helped.
For further information the Waste Management & Recycling Report 2009 is available.
An article on 'Recycling made easy' is also available.
Again, many thanks for the role you have played in this significant development.
This article was published on Feb 2, 2010