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Sustainability Action

Waste Wars

In a bid to increase sustainability at the University, Waste Wars sees up to 100 students each year taking part in waste audits on campus.

Waste Wars is an annual event in which staff and students' work together to calculate the recycling rate at the University. There have been a total of 8 campus audits so far, jointly organised with the Ethical and Environmental team

Next event: Wednesday 24 February. Sign up now.

The staff and students work in teams to survey our waste on campus. By getting involved with the waste audits, they make significant contributions to the way we operate our recycling on campus. The event is not only popular amongst students, but the data also attracts academic attention, and has been used to produce a large amount of research and papers.

Waste Warriors
Waste Warriors

Why are we doing it?

By highlighting the key problems areas for the team to work on, the students have a direct impact on our waste and recycling; pioneering campus-wide sustainability.  Last year, the University's waste and recycling scheme moved to a two-bin system following on from analysis of the waste wars results. This increased the recycling rates from 38% to over 70% in just four months - over and beyond our 60% goal.

To find out more about how you can get involved in Waste Wars, please contact us here.  


Find out when the next Waste Wars and other student-staff events are taking place.

Read about past Waste Wars events on the Sustainability Action blog.

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