Here are a just a sample of the many ways in which The University of Reading is increasing it's recycling rate and minimising the impact that waste has on the environment...

Summer 2017: New Waste Management Strategy

The University has recently published its first 5-year Waste Strategy (available here).  By 2020/21, 6 challenging targets are set to achieve along the themes of reduce, re-use, recycle, review and report:

  • Reduce total waste produced by 5% per capita (staff and student FTE)
  • Increase the University's annual recycling rate to 60% (current recycling rate is 50%).
  • Achieve a 10% increase in re-use against the 2015/16 baseline, in order to improve a culture of re-use rather than disposal.
  • Review opportunities to reduce hazardous waste.
  • Review reporting of construction waste and advance waste management practices further up the waste hierarchy.
  • Annual reporting on quantitative waste management impacts, and other sustainability impacts achieved as a result of the Waste Strategy projects.

This 5-year Strategy identifies key actions to meet these targets, including upgrading recycling facilities, improved communications and behavioural change initiatives, and reviewing opportunities to improve waste management processes.