Aston University in Birmingham has set itself an ambitious target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2012.
The University recycled 22% of its overall waste last year and is now launching a campus wide waste and recycling scheme which will see around 180 mini-recycling centres located throughout its campus.
The new facilities are to be introduced following Aston’s detailed waste audit, this summer, which assessed the amount of rubbish currently taken to landfill, and identified the University’s main recyclable materials.
Staff and students will soon be able to recycle glass, paper, card, plastic bottles and cans at the centres and help the University make a giant leap towards its challenging waste targets.
Lynnette Jones, Environment and Sustainability Manager, said; “The University already has a fairly good record on recycling, with metal and wood just some of the other materials we currently recycle. However, we’re ambitious and we believe with extra recycling centres on site that we’ll achieve a 20% increase in recycling each year and have zero waste taken to landfill, by 2012. We want Aston to become one of the leading environmental and sustainable institutions in the higher education sector.”
The University is also introducing other creative initiatives to cut down on waste, such as a “mug for life” scheme to reduce the demand for disposable paper cups in coffee shops.
Aston’s current green initiatives have seen the University jump from 93rd to 45th among University’s rated in the Times Higher’s, Green League tables.
Aston University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia King, was also recently appointed by the Environment Secretary, to a key independent advisory board on climate change. The Board will provide independent, expert advice to government ministers on how the UK can meet its climate change goals.