Here at Aston we have been gradually improving our recycling rates year on year, but now we have the chance to really make a difference. We have just launched a new recycling scheme and bins will be rolled out across campus in the coming months; these recycling centres offer staff and students the opportunity to recycle cans, glass, plastic bottles and paper.
The aim is to have these centres across all areas of the University – staff offices, meeting rooms, study areas and catering outlets, so that we can do our very best to recycle as much as possible and meet our goal of zero waste to landfill by 2012.
We have also been working hard at “closing the loop”; it is important to buy recycled products as well as recycling our waste. To this end, Aston has now committed to buying only 100% recycled paper. It was through purchasing this recycled paper that we received a rebate from our suppliers, helping us to finance our new recycling centres – closing the loop in every sense!
These facilities will add to those which we already have in place, including the battery bank in main reception, the book recycling facility in central stores and the textile banks around campus. We will also be extending recycling into the Halls of Residence in the near future.
More information on recycling at Aston University.
Words by Victoria Johnsen