Work undertaken by the SRS Comms team to encourage waste reduction behaviours on campus under the banner #ZeroWasteUoE.

This delivers on several aspects in the University Waste Strategy 2018/19 - 2022/23 and forthcoming SRS Plan and SRS Department strategy.

Project objectives:

  1. Establish resource efficiency as part of the culture of at the University of Edinburgh
  • Explain what resource efficiency means and why it’s important to be resource efficient
  • Communicate key areas of resource inefficiency at the University and how this could be improved
  • Explain what the University is doing to become more resource efficient, including:
    • Circular economy vision
    • Waste free vision
    • Striving to be disposable plastic free by 2030
  • Provide clear advice on how staff and students can be resource efficient on campus

 

  1. Suggest practical ways the University community can reduce and prevent waste
  • Both waste produced as a direct result of University activities and as an indirect result
  • Educate entire University community on what resource efficiency means, what the circular economy is, and why both are important for the long-term sustainability of society
  • Use existing networks, such as Sustainability Awards teams, Waste Coordinators, etc.

 

  1. Increase the use of reusable items and services at the University
  • Make reusable hot drink containers, reusable water bottles and reusable food contains the norm
  • Increase awareness and use of WarpIt
  • Increase awareness and use of PC Reuse project
  • Increase reuse and improve recycling in labs
  • End of term accommodation clear-out
  • [other reuse projects]
  • Measured by increased use of these items and services; increased purchasing of reusable items; reduction in purchasing of disposable items; increase in waste avoided; increased supply of items to community partners.

 

  1. Inform the entire University community how to recycle correctly on campus
  • Clarify what can and can’t be recycled on campus
  • Measured by a decrease in recycling contamination[1]
  • Include guidance to festival tenants through Kerry Cheek’s work with Festivals Office
  • Ensure all mentions of redundant “recycle.ac” app are taken off the University website

 

 

Related University-wide or department objectives:

(To be updated after SRS Plan and SRS Department Strategy are refreshed)

  • Vision to be a zero waste University by 2030
  • Strive for single-use plastic free by 2030
  • Support reuse initiatives & items, such as reusable cups and bottles
  • Explain how to recycle correctly
  • Communicate what circular economy is, what the University is doing, and how staff and students can take part
  • Communicate how to reuse: IT equipment, WarpIt, Furniture, etc

Current project status

Report Date RAG Budget Effort Completed Effort to complete
August 2020 AMBER 0.0 days 0.0 days 0.0

Project Info

Project
5.1 Waste Reduction Communications
Code
REF3
Programme
SRS - Resource Efficiency (REF) and Circular Economy
Project Manager
Sarah Ford-Hutchinson
Project Sponsor
Michelle Brown
Current Stage
Execute
Status
In Progress
Start Date
23-Aug-2019
Planning Date
n/a
Delivery Date
n/a
Close Date
n/a
Overall Priority
Normal

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