Recycle, recycle, recycle!

Here at UWTSD, sustainability is taken seriously, and a sustainable waste management approach is embedded into the culture of waste prevention. UWTSD is committed to continual improvement of environmental practices across all its campus’.  

Wales in ranked 3rd in the world for recycling, which is impressive and is just behind Germany and Singapore. The Environment (Wales) Act (2016) places a great emphasis on waste segregation to avoid contamination at source, allowing even higher levels of recycling to be achieved by Wales.  

UWTSD has a target of recycling 70% of its waste by 2025. New waste recycling contracts has seen significant improvements in waste management and the data reporting allows UWTSD to monitor and target low performing areas to improve recycling rates. In the 2015/16 academic year recycling rates were just 25%, but by 2017/18 this had nearly doubled to 48%.  

But what can you do as a student to help? 

If you are a student living in halls, the easiest and quickest way to make an impact is to recycle your waste into the correct bins. Every kitchen should have a poster or a sticker on the bin outlining what can and cannot be put in there. Whilst most students are very good at recycling in halls, one of the hidden issues is contamination. One of our Inspire Interns Ella Wilkinson wrote a wonderful and informative blog highlighting that no matter how committed you may be when it comes to recycling into the right waste bin; if the waste is dirty it can contaminate other recyclables in the bag, rendering the whole bag useless in terms of recycling.  Every student living in halls has a responsibility to help the University reach its recycling target by 2025 and thus helping the planet.  

For more information about recycling in halls of residence, please click here.  

Bags and recycling 

To help increase our recycling rates the University has introduced a colour coded bag and bin system where all Non-Recyclables (General Waste) go into a clear bags and all Dry Mixed Recycling goes into green bags. 

A no black bag policy is also in force across all campuses. Clear and green recycling bags will be provided free of charge to all halls of residence kitchens. 

Other points of recycling across campus. 

Swansea

Battery Recycling; Please recycle your batteries at the Business Campus battery recycling points which are in main reception. Please do not place batteries in your halls of residence bins. Batteries are classed as hazardous waste and are highly recyclable. The TSDSU office also has a battery recycling point at Llys Glass.  

Clothes Recycling; At the end of the academic year UWTSD Swansea work with the British Heart Foundation to donate all your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, books and bric-a-brac to a good cause. Bags are distributed to all room in halls before the end of term to gather donations. 

Electricals; Please do not dispose of broken or unwanted electrical items as they can be recycled. You can drop off items at your local SU office. 

Carmarthen

Battery Recycling; Please recycle your batteries at the main reception in the Dewi Building. Please do not place batteries in your halls of residence bins. Batteries are classed as hazardous waste and are highly recyclable. 

Clothes Recycling; A clothes recycling bank is located outside the front of ABN2 please only place clothes into the bank. You cannot put duvets or pillows in the bank. 

Electricals; Please do not dispose of broken or unwanted electrical items as they can be recycled. You can drop off items at your local SU office. 

Bra Bank ; Located in the SU office, unwanted bras in a clean and reasonable condition are collected and sent to a company who repair and renew bras which are donated to women in Africa.  

Bottle tops: 

There is currently a collection point in the office for bottle tops which are collected and sent to LUSH cosmetics when full. This is a scheme run by one of our Sustainability Interns Charlotte Davies. The types of bottle tops include any small plastic bottle tops made from any plastic compound (Lush bottle caps, milk, soft drinks, sports cap drinks, fabric softener caps etc). They are NOT able to take large, thick plastic lids (like coffee jar lids) as these do not go through the small granulator.  

Lampeter 

Battery Recycling; Please recycle your batteries at the main reception in the Old Building. Please do not place batteries in your halls of residence bins. Batteries are classed as hazardous waste and are highly recyclable. 

Clothes Recycling; A clothes recycling bank is located outside the front of the Crèche, please only place clothes into the bank. You cannot put duvets, or pillows in the bank.  

Electricals; Please do not dispose of broken or unwanted electrical items as they can be recycled. You can drop off items at your local SU office. 

Information for Private Accommodation Students

For students living in private accommodation local to UWTSD campuses it is important to recycle and participate in the local councils weekly waste recycling services. 

City and County of Swansea

Handy Student Guide to print out 

Carmarthenshire County Council – Recycling information here 

Ceredigion Council – click here for a handy pdf booklet link for students in Lampeter 

Buy second-hand

Browse your local charity shops for clothing or hold your own clothes swap event. There are also lots of clothes for sale on local Facebook swap shops. Gumtree and Freecycle are also excellent ways to find cheap or even free household goods and items.  Used textbooks from Amazon and Abe books are a great source to find cheap books to help you study for your course, as well as Ebay for all your second hand needs. The library system at UWTSD has also made huge changes in books being accessed online, not only is this free for students, but it cuts down on waiting times for checked out physical books, as well as lessening the demand for more books to be printed.  

Keep up to date with Waste and Sustainability news with UWTSD’s very own Sustainability Bulletin, containing lots of information about how to get involved with events or projects across campus, campaigns and tip and tricks. 

Carmarthen

01267 676 876
TSDSU, College Road, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP

 

Lampeter

01570 422 619
TSDSU, College Street, Lampeter, SA48 7ED

 

Swansea

 01792 482 100

TSDSU, Llys Glas, 1 Alexandra Rd, Swansea, SA1 5AL

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