Get Green With Chris Steele…

Traditionally Loughborough University is known for its success on the track,  the pitches and the academic league tables. Now the University has its eyes on a new medal…and its not gold….its green!

With 4400 students living on campus along with 3000 staff visiting every day there’s bound to be not only large amounts of waste, but a variety of different types too! So how does the University deal with this? The main source of this waste is you! The humble student! With 4400 students living in halls of residence at Loughborough, a yearly total of 442 tonnes of rubbish goes to landfill each academic year! “Wow that’s a lot of rubbish!” you might say, but believe me compared to 2006 when the figure was almost double this, we’re on the right track!

Here’s how we’ve been cutting down on what goes to landfill – and how you can lend a hand!

Recycling in halls has never been easier! Each kitchen is equipped with a stock of purple sacks in which you can put a massive range of recyclables, these include:

Tin cans*
Plastic bottles*
Plastic milk cartons*
Plastic yogurt pots*
Tetra pak juice cartons*

*(washed out first of course)

On top of this all glass bottles and jars are collected in the crates provided in the kitchens and you can make RAG money for your hall by bringing them to the bottle weigh in each month! Ask your Committee Environmental rep for details!

The University are also combating food waste.  All the food waste from two halls of residence now goes to a dedicated composting facility where a 14 day process sees it get turned into high quality compost, ready for use on the university flowerbeds and pitches. So what you leave on your plates now ends up feeding the plants instead!

Chris Steele
Environmental and Sustainability Co-ordinator

Firstly you need the right staff for the job. Loughborough is lucky in the sense that it has an Environmental and Sustainability Co-ordinator looking after its accommodation, an Ethical and Environmental officer motivating students and raising awareness and a Sustainability Manager to oversee everything! Alongside this, environmental champions have been recruited in all areas of the University to spread the green message!

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