Cheese or Chocolate?

We know that cigarette ends getting discarded on the ground looks unsightly but it also has an impact on wildlife and the natural environment. As a University, we (officially!) have one of the best green spaces in the country and we are committed to keeping it that way. To encourage people to dispose of their cigarette ends responsibly, we are trialling new ballot bins. These new bins pose a question and allow smokers to vote on what they think! These have been used effectively in other areas of the country and we are looking forward to seeing the results of…
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New drinks machines provide free water and cut plastic waste

University students and staff will help stop more than half a million plastic bottles being thrown away every year with the introduction of new drinks machines around campus. The University of Reading is becoming the first university in the UK to introduce new vending machines designed to provide healthier drink choices and cut the volume of plastic waste on campus. Around 650,000 plastic bottled drinks are used across the University’s Whiteknights and London Road campuses each year. To reduce the volume of plastic used on campus, the University is this week launching the Sustain It bottle – a reusable bottle that uses…
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Q and A with Abi, our summer intern

This summer, Abi worked to raise awareness of the University’s new Waste Strategy including the new 60% recycling target. This included upgrading recycling facilities across ten buildings on campus, communicating with staff and students and investigate waste and recycling issues across campus. What did your role involved? As a Junior Sustainability Officer, I created a communication plan to engage with staff and students about upgrading facilities across campus. From Health & Safety’s input into the floorplans, porters’ assistance in moving newly unpacked and labelled bins and talking to staff during our recycling roadshows- this internship has taught me the importance…
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Recycling Station Upgrades

What projects are happening, when and where? Sustainability Services has a rolling programme of upgrading recycling facilities within buildings to help achieve the University's ambitious recycling target of 60% by 2021. Phases 1, 2 and 3 have already covered a substantial proportion of the estate as follows: Phase 1: ICMA, Henley Business School and Edith Morley building. Phase 2: Palmer, URS, TOB1 (Art), Agriculture, Miller, Wager, Archaeology and Allen Laboratory buildings. Phase 3: Carrington, London Road Campus and MERL offices, Harry Pitt, Meteorology, Psychology, Polly Vacher, Harborne, Lyle, Park House and external litter bin refurbishment. Phase 4: Chemistry/Pharmacy and Harry…
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Extracting carbon savings from our science labs

The University's programme of energy efficiency improvements to its fume cupboards has been recognised by 3 national sustainability awards: S-Lab Awards 2017 - winner in the Laboratory Environmental Improvement Category - http://www.effectivelab.org.uk/2017-s-lab-awards.html EAUC Green Gown Awards 2016 - winner in the Facilities & Services category - http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/green_gown_awards_2016_facilities_and_services_7 Love Energy Savings Awards 2016 - winner in the Stars of the Future category - https://www.loveenergysavings.com/the-love-energy-awards/ Following a successful £250,000 pilot scheme in 2014, the University carried out a complete review of all its 252 fume cupboard facilities.  A further £768,000 has been invested during 2015/16, partly funded by a 0% loan from the Higher Education…
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Recycling League: Minghella takes top spot!

Breaking news: the first set of results for the Recycling League are now in for the new academic year!  Congratulations to everyone in the Minghella building - you've achieved the top spot with a fantastic recycling rate of 88%, keep up the good work. However, close on Minghella's heels in joint second place are Whiteknights House and Central Catering (Park House and Eat @ The Square) with a brilliant recycling rate of 83%. The current recycling rate target is 60% and 14 buildings and departments meeting or (vastly!) exceeding this.  Many more of you are not far from achieving this, so every can,…
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Recycling League dominated by Catering!

Catering departments are dominating the top spots now that they are part of the Recycling League with CPU recycling a staggering 74% of their waste so far this year - a fantastic result! Keep it up! Some other high achievers over the last couple of months are MERL and Wantage Hall (catering) who have increased their recycling figure by 12% and 10% respectively, well done to you and lets hope to see you climbing up the ranks next time too. We've also seen a general rise in recycling within building and departments of between 2% and 4% overall over the…
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Go Green Week 2014

Green Week 2014 Summary Between 10 – 14th February, the University of Reading and the Reading University Students’ Union ran the fifth Go Green Week. This was aligned for the first time with the People & Planet Go Green Week. The week saw at least 21 individual events take place across all three campuses, reaching an audience throughout the University. Some highlights of the week included the Battle of the Bins, Environmental Career workshop, the Frugal Fayre and a screening of ‘Project Wild Thing’. The Battle of the Bins took place on Tuesday. The event saw the VC, Sir David…
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League of Extraordinary Recyclers!

Minghella is still holding on to the top spot with an impressive rate of 68% of their waste being recycled!  Greenlands and TOB2 have moved into 2nd and 3rd and Whiteknights House just piped to the post by TOB2 by 1%!    Not bad for this time of year but we really need to be recycling more across the board, these figures are all based on weight – so make sure that you check out the website for what can and can’t be recycled, print off the posters to display next to bins and ensure that everyone knows where their nearest…
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