The “Binless” office was successfully introduced in September 2009 and we are continuing to implement this scheme across campus. We are looking for more Colleges and Departments to join and support us in lowering the University’s carbon emissions.
For further information on how this scheme could work for your College or Department see Mixed-Recycling-Scheme.
For all items that can and cannot be recycled in this scheme please see the Mixed-Recycling-Scheme-signage.
Sue Bell, Facilities Manager, College of arts and Law:
"The College is playing its part in reducing it's carbon footprint, by implementing the 'binless office' in four of its buildings and is working towards getting it rolled out across the remaining sites.
Working collaboratively with Cleaning Services and the University Fire Offices, locations and a start date are agreed.
Hospitality and Accommodation Services assist us, providing excellent information and instructions to send out to staff regarding the scheme.
It is fair to say that the majority of staff welcome the scheme as it gives both staff and students an opportunity to recycle and therefore reduce carbon footprint.
Initially there is some opposition, but once implemented they generally come around to the idea and appreciate why the bins are being used. Over time staff seem to find their own routine to empty their bins, often using their office bin for general waste and a basket or box for re-cycling."
Donna Willmetts, College Facilities Manager, College of Social Sciences:
"In 2009, the College of Social Sciences wanted to make sure that they were doing all they could to reduce their contribution to local landfills and decided to lead the way with the help of the University Environmental Services Team, by rolling out the 'binless office' scheme across the College estate.
This has already proved very successful and has resulted in a significant cost savings, less office consumables, increased recycling rates and overall waste minimisation as staff have become more aware of the waste they generate.
The key to the successful binless office programme is down to the full participation and co-operation of all staff. Shifting the habits of an individual is no easy task, so encouraging this behaviour across the entire College has been a tremendous achievement.
The enthusiasm of the staff is helping us to achieve our ambitious vision of how a sustainable College should operate. Our staff can be proud that they are playing a practical part in the move towards 100% participation across the campus."