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Sustainability

Introduction

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the University produced nearly 400 tonnes of waste from its halls of residence, academic buildings, catering outlets and grounds. This waste could have been minimised by following the waste hierarchy which would have reduced both the cost to the University and minimised the impact on the environment.

The waste hierarchy ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment:

  1. Prevent producing waste in the first place
  2. Re-use (cleaning, repairing, refurbishing)
  3. Recycle what’s possible
  4. Recovery to produce energy and/or materials
  5. Disposal as a last resort

 

Initiatives

 

  • Holding an annual End of Year Re-use event in the Student Residences
  • Clothing banks have been placed around campus
  • All Student Residences now have Mixed Recycling bins

 

 Useful Resources

 

What can I recycle?

The University produces a number of waste streams; which are collected and recycled. It is important to place the correct items in the right bin, as any contamination (the wrong thing in the wrong bin) will result in it all being treated as general waste and may end up in landfill.

We currently recycle:

Batteries – All AA and similar type batteries up to a 6V battery can be recycled in the pink battery containers; car batteries, industrial batteries or batteries with wires cannot be collected.  Collection boxes are available behind the Gateway Service Desk, Aigburth Reception and at the Capstone receptions

Cans (food and drink) – use the recycling stations (Red Lid).  Please rinse out

Cardboard (flattened) – please leave by your nearest recycling collection point for collection

Computers, monitors and IT equipment – we ensure that all redundant IT equipment is sent for reuse or recycling

Confidential Material – any confidential material can be placed in the confidential cabinets around the Campus which are collected monthly.  For any large amounts, please contact Estates for confidential shredding bags.

Electricals – these are collected and recycled by Estates

Glass – collections points are available within halls of residence and external collection points are available in the FML car park by Green Lane Building, by the EDEN building and by Hopkins Hall and St Michaels.

Mixed Recycling (food and drinks cans, bottles, paper, card) - mixed recycling bins are available within halls of residences (Green Lid).  Please rinse cans and plastics out.

Plastic (bottles and other plastics) – use the recycling stations (Yellow Lid).  Please rinse out, if required

Paper (magazines, newspapers, office paper, envelopes, brochures, cereal packet thickness card) – use the recycling stations (Blue Lid).  Please note coffee cups can not be recycled - they have to go in the general waste.  If you have a large amount of paper recycling, please contact domestic services on x3522 to arrange for the delivery of clear plastic bags.

Toners – these are collected and recycled by IT Services.

Light bulbs/fluorescent tubes– these are collected and recycled by Estates.

Where do I recycle?

Liverpool Hope University has introduced centralised recycling facilities across the campuses in teaching areas, offices and circulation spaces so that staff and students are never too far away from a recycling station. There are four separate receptacles for recycling paper (blue lid), plastic bottles (Yellow Lid) and food and drinks cans (Red Lid). Waste that cannot be recycled (including takeaway cups and containers) is collected separately at the same station (Black Lid). Cardboard is also collected, but it must be flattened before it is collected.

 

Staff Offices

The bins within individual staff offices are no longer emptied by the domestic services team, it is the member of staff’s responsibility to take their bins to the nearest recycling station and separate out their waste into recycling and general waste.

 

Student Halls of Residence

Wesley, Newman and Teresa – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) in each kitchen make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  There are additional facilities to recycle glass in the ground floor common rooms (blue wheelie trolley). 

HCA West and East Wing – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  These can be found in the large kitchens and common rooms.  There is a dedicated blue glass wheelie trolley in the entrance foyer.

Angela and Austin Halls – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  These can be found in the large kitchens and ground floor lounge area.  There is a dedicated blue glass wheelie trolley in the entrance foyer.

Hopkins Hall – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) in each kitchen make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  There are dedicated glass bins externally by the bin stores.

St Michaels and St Julies - Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  There are dedicated glass bins externally by the bin stores.

 

What can I do?

  • Think - Reduce – Reuse – Recycle.  The best way to reduce the amount of waste is not to create it in the first place:
    • Do you need to purchase the item
    • Can goods be supplied with less packaging
  • Make proper use of the University’s recycling bins
    • Did you know: During the 2014-2015 academic year the University put 148 tonnes of recyclables into the general waste at an additional cost of £9000
    • The University has a legal requirement to pre-treat the waste it produces, i.e. separating out all the possible recyclable materials
    • Items can either be recycled into the same product or into new materials, this conserves our precious resources and saves energy
  • Take proactive measures to reduce the number of hand outs taken to meetings – by emailing hand-outs, agendas, previous minutes and papers to meeting attendees; or using the projector facilities
  • Think before you print
    • Do you really need to print out that email?
    • Only print the relevant pages
    • Print double sided
    • Don’t print in colour, unless absolutely necessary
  • Use glass and crockery in meetings instead of plastic or paper alternatives
  • Collect all paper that has been printed on one side and re-use it for scrap paper
  • Cancel junk mail and unwanted publications to reduce the amount of waste that has to be thrown away
  • Invest in re-chargeable batteries for equipment

Did you know?

  • In 2016-17 Hope produced around 400 tonnes of waste and recycling (excluding that generated from the refurbishment of buildings and construction)
    • We sent zero waste to landfill
    • 100 % was either reused, recycled or used for Refuse Derived Fuel
  • The University recycles all its old cooking old for conversion into bio-fuel
  • In 2017 our End of Year re-use event in the student halls of residence collected over 270 bags (2.2 tonnes) of unwanted items (including kitchen items, clothing, and stationery), which generated around £3800 for the British Heart Foundation.
  • Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy and produces less emissions than that required for producing new materials from raw materials (www.wrap.org.uk):
    • Two glass bottles = enough energy to boil enough water for five cups of tea
    • One aluminium can = enough energy to power a TV set for 3 hours
    • One plastic bottle = enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours
  • Each year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost £60 per month.  If we stopped wasting food we could avoid 17 million tonnes of CO­2e being emitted each year, the same as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road (www.lovefoodhatewaste.com)
  • UK households have an average of £4,000 worth of clothes, but a third of those haven’t been worn in the last year and we throw more than 30% of our clothing in the bin.  All of our clothing can either be re-used or recycled
    • If no longer used, pass them on
    • Donate them to the collection bins which are around campus 
    • Recycle them
  • Glass, steel and aluminium cans can be endlessly recycled with no loss in quality (www.wrap.org)
  • Each year in the UK we use 10.4 million tonnes of paper and cardboard and it takes up to 40,000L of water to make every one
  • It takes 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as newspaper again

Introduction

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the University produced nearly 400 tonnes of waste from its halls of residence, academic buildings, catering outlets and grounds. This waste could have been minimised by following the waste hierarchy which would have reduced both the cost to the University and minimised the impact on the environment.

The waste hierarchy ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment:

  1. Prevent producing waste in the first place
  2. Re-use (cleaning, repairing, refurbishing)
  3. Recycle what’s possible
  4. Recovery to produce energy and/or materials
  5. Disposal as a last resort

 

Initiatives

 

  • Holding an annual End of Year Re-use event in the Student Residences
  • Clothing banks have been placed around campus
  • All Student Residences now have Mixed Recycling bins

 

 Useful Resources

 

What can I recycle?

The University produces a number of waste streams; which are collected and recycled. It is important to place the correct items in the right bin, as any contamination (the wrong thing in the wrong bin) will result in it all being treated as general waste and may end up in landfill.

We currently recycle:

Batteries – All AA and similar type batteries up to a 6V battery can be recycled in the pink battery containers; car batteries, industrial batteries or batteries with wires cannot be collected.  Collection boxes are available behind the Gateway Service Desk, Aigburth Reception and at the Capstone receptions

Cans (food and drink) – use the recycling stations (Red Lid).  Please rinse out

Cardboard (flattened) – please leave by your nearest recycling collection point for collection

Computers, monitors and IT equipment – we ensure that all redundant IT equipment is sent for reuse or recycling

Confidential Material – any confidential material can be placed in the confidential cabinets around the Campus which are collected monthly.  For any large amounts, please contact Estates for confidential shredding bags.

Electricals – these are collected and recycled by Estates

Glass – collections points are available within halls of residence and external collection points are available in the FML car park by Green Lane Building, by the EDEN building and by Hopkins Hall and St Michaels.

Mixed Recycling (food and drinks cans, bottles, paper, card) - mixed recycling bins are available within halls of residences (Green Lid).  Please rinse cans and plastics out.

Plastic (bottles and other plastics) – use the recycling stations (Yellow Lid).  Please rinse out, if required

Paper (magazines, newspapers, office paper, envelopes, brochures, cereal packet thickness card) – use the recycling stations (Blue Lid).  Please note coffee cups can not be recycled - they have to go in the general waste.  If you have a large amount of paper recycling, please contact domestic services on x3522 to arrange for the delivery of clear plastic bags.

Toners – these are collected and recycled by IT Services.

Light bulbs/fluorescent tubes– these are collected and recycled by Estates.

Where do I recycle?

Liverpool Hope University has introduced centralised recycling facilities across the campuses in teaching areas, offices and circulation spaces so that staff and students are never too far away from a recycling station. There are four separate receptacles for recycling paper (blue lid), plastic bottles (Yellow Lid) and food and drinks cans (Red Lid). Waste that cannot be recycled (including takeaway cups and containers) is collected separately at the same station (Black Lid). Cardboard is also collected, but it must be flattened before it is collected.

 

Staff Offices

The bins within individual staff offices are no longer emptied by the domestic services team, it is the member of staff’s responsibility to take their bins to the nearest recycling station and separate out their waste into recycling and general waste.

 

Student Halls of Residence

Wesley, Newman and Teresa – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) in each kitchen make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  There are additional facilities to recycle glass in the ground floor common rooms (blue wheelie trolley). 

HCA West and East Wing – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  These can be found in the large kitchens and common rooms.  There is a dedicated blue glass wheelie trolley in the entrance foyer.

Angela and Austin Halls – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  These can be found in the large kitchens and ground floor lounge area.  There is a dedicated blue glass wheelie trolley in the entrance foyer.

Hopkins Hall – Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) in each kitchen make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  There are dedicated glass bins externally by the bin stores.

St Michaels and St Julies - Our co-mingled recycling bins (Green Lid) make it easy to recycle cans, tins, plastics, paper and cardboard.  There are dedicated glass bins externally by the bin stores.

 

What can I do?

  • Think - Reduce – Reuse – Recycle.  The best way to reduce the amount of waste is not to create it in the first place:
    • Do you need to purchase the item
    • Can goods be supplied with less packaging
  • Make proper use of the University’s recycling bins
    • Did you know: During the 2014-2015 academic year the University put 148 tonnes of recyclables into the general waste at an additional cost of £9000
    • The University has a legal requirement to pre-treat the waste it produces, i.e. separating out all the possible recyclable materials
    • Items can either be recycled into the same product or into new materials, this conserves our precious resources and saves energy
  • Take proactive measures to reduce the number of hand outs taken to meetings – by emailing hand-outs, agendas, previous minutes and papers to meeting attendees; or using the projector facilities
  • Think before you print
    • Do you really need to print out that email?
    • Only print the relevant pages
    • Print double sided
    • Don’t print in colour, unless absolutely necessary
  • Use glass and crockery in meetings instead of plastic or paper alternatives
  • Collect all paper that has been printed on one side and re-use it for scrap paper
  • Cancel junk mail and unwanted publications to reduce the amount of waste that has to be thrown away
  • Invest in re-chargeable batteries for equipment

Did you know?

  • In 2016-17 Hope produced around 400 tonnes of waste and recycling (excluding that generated from the refurbishment of buildings and construction)
    • We sent zero waste to landfill
    • 100 % was either reused, recycled or used for Refuse Derived Fuel
  • The University recycles all its old cooking old for conversion into bio-fuel
  • In 2017 our End of Year re-use event in the student halls of residence collected over 270 bags (2.2 tonnes) of unwanted items (including kitchen items, clothing, and stationery), which generated around £3800 for the British Heart Foundation.
  • Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy and produces less emissions than that required for producing new materials from raw materials (www.wrap.org.uk):
    • Two glass bottles = enough energy to boil enough water for five cups of tea
    • One aluminium can = enough energy to power a TV set for 3 hours
    • One plastic bottle = enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours
  • Each year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost £60 per month.  If we stopped wasting food we could avoid 17 million tonnes of CO­2e being emitted each year, the same as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road (www.lovefoodhatewaste.com)
  • UK households have an average of £4,000 worth of clothes, but a third of those haven’t been worn in the last year and we throw more than 30% of our clothing in the bin.  All of our clothing can either be re-used or recycled
    • If no longer used, pass them on
    • Donate them to the collection bins which are around campus 
    • Recycle them
  • Glass, steel and aluminium cans can be endlessly recycled with no loss in quality (www.wrap.org)
  • Each year in the UK we use 10.4 million tonnes of paper and cardboard and it takes up to 40,000L of water to make every one
  • It takes 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as newspaper again