Stay in The Loop
We've got lots to celebrate
Currently we recycle 62% of our waste. That's over 20% higher than UK average! We're a zero to landfill university meaning that the waste that we don't recycle, is recovered for energy. Our food waste goes to anaerobic digestion to be turned into energy and our coffee beans fuel London buses! All of our waste is processed in the UK.
But we can do better
Last academic year 808,510kg of waste was not recycled . Meeting our goal of 85% would mean recycling another 320,000kg: that’s the equivalent mass of 151 double decker buses per year! This is because some of UCL's recycling gets contaminated by the wrong waste going in the wrong bin, so it’s important to know what goes where.
That's why we've 'bin' busy
We've been working with environmental charity Hubbub to launch our new 'Stay in the Loop' campaign to help us achieve our targets. We want to improve awareness of what can be recycled, the benefits of recycling and the role we all have to play to keep our waste in #theloop to be used again and again. We’re piloting new bin signage and posters across campus in select areas to see if this improves our recycling rates. Spot the new bin signage on campus at Bidborough House, the Student Centre, Wilkins Building and Refecotry, 22 Gordon Street, 25 Gordon Street Cafe, Print Room Cafe and John Godson House.
Posters and resources for you to download and put up in your classrooms, labs or kitchens will be available once the pilot has proved successful, so you can stay in the loop!
Conduct a basic waste audit in your department to improve recycling here.