The University's recycling rate in 2016/17 was 60%, up from 14% in January 2009. We achieved zero waste to landfill in 2013 and all waste which cannot be recycled is sent for energy recovery.
We operate a two-bin system across campus and in halls of residence for dry mixed recycling and general waste.
The current SCAG waste contract features a number of innovations. All low grade plastics collected in the recycling stream are sent to an end-of-life plastics facility and converted into kerosene and diesel, used by the contractor as fuel in their refuse collection vehicles.
Food waste from our catering outlets and office kitchens is sent for Anaerobic Digestion and our waste cooking oil is converted into Bio-diesel. We collect milk bottle tops for New Forest Mencap and there are Gum-drop bins located across the campuses for recycling chewing gum.
Reducing our coffee cup waste
Throughout 2016/17 the University has been working to reduce its disposable coffee cup use. Since introducing a 25p surcharge on hot and cold drinks in November 2016 and giving away 3000 reusable cups to staff and students in March 2017, we've saved over 25,000 disposable cups from being used on campus! An average of 33 drinks in 100 are now served in a reusable cup, up from just 3 in 100 in 2015/16. Our reusable cups are Gum-tec Americano mugs - made of 20% chewing gum (around 42 pieces per cup). The chewing gum we collect on campus is sent to Gumdrop to then be recycled into the Gum-tec mugs. A great example of closed loop recycling in action!
This initiative has been shortlisted for a 2017 Green Gown Award. Find out more
Bag It Up
Between April and June the University runs an end-of-year move-out project, supporting students to donate unwanted items to a good cause when they move out of halls of residence. Students are provided with bags and stickers for clothing, bedding, homeware, kitchenware, books and other items. Bags are collected weekly from halls and donated to Emmaus Hampshire - a social enterprise community for the homeless based in Winchester.
In 2017, we donated 739 bags of items to Emmaus Hampshire, weighing in at 3.3 tonnes. In addition, 40 bags containing unopened packets and tins of food were donated to Southampton Basics Bank.