Waste and Recycling Co-ordinators

The following provides details on how to become a Waste and Recycling coordinator and what it involves.

Role of a Coordinator

A Waste Recycling Coordinator provides a point of contact and channel of communication on all aspects of Waste and Recycling. This relates to disposal practices, waste minimisation and resource efficiency.

The role of the Waste and Recycling Coordinator is central to the implementation of the University’s Recycling and Waste Management Policy.

For more information on our policy, follow the link below:

The role of the Waste and Recycling Coordinator(s) will vary slightly from school to school. The main areas we would expect you to be getting involved in are listed below:

  • Advise and assist the Head of School in managing effective and legal waste management and environmental protection practices
  • Act as the principal point of contact providing a local source of guidance and information on good waste management practice liaising with the Waste and Environment Team
  • Ensure that new people and visitors receive suitable induction training and that all employees are properly briefed / updated on procedures
  • Ensure that the Dry Mixed Recycling (orange), Paper and Card (blue), and General Waste (black) bins are in place in your area and that you are set up for WEEE (electrical), battery and glass recycling
  • Identify resource efficiency opportunities such as signing up to WARPIT (the University's resource distribution tool) undertaken a stationery amnesty to pool current resources and centralising orders to limit packaging waste
  • Identify measures to reduce food waste such as periodic fridge checks, encouraging staff to label food, sharing excess food and leftovers and ordering less catering as well as finding out about your area’s food waste options
  • Encourage the use of reusable, rather than single use and disposable, items such as cups (by using crockery or Keep Cups), bags (by using bags for life), cutlery and water bottles (by using reusable ones)
  • Performing a yearly waste audit to ascertain success and problem areas in current streams
  • To attend training (whether online or in person) to develop and keep up to date with current best practice and waste regulations
  • Devise local waste spillage response procedures and incorporate these into School documentation. Maintain and supervise use of appropriate Spillage Kits

How to become a Coordinator

For a list of existing coordinators contact the Waste and Environment Team to find out if there is already a coordinator in your workplace. If not, you can nominate yourself if appropriate.

Normally a Head of School will nominate a person in the School as the coordinator. Where Schools are large, and particularly where they cover more than one site, local Waste and Recycling Coordinators should be appointed so they may act for a particular building or local administrative unit.

Updating Contact Details

If you are retiring or indeed a new member of staff taking over the role of Recycling Coordinator please let the Waste and Recycling Team know, providing the following information:

  • Name
  • Job role
  • Email
  • Telephone number
  • School / Department you are in
Waste and Recycling team
Estates and Buildings
13 Infirmary Street
Edinburgh EH1 1LT
United Kingdom
Email:
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 9346
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 9346

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