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From 2007 we’ve operated a very successful and holistic programme of waste minimisation projects using all of the elements of the waste hierarchy.
We’ve achieved a 31% reduction in total waste production, a 76% reduction in amount sent to landfill [both per FTE student] and a reduction in absolute Scope 3 Waste Carbon Footprint of 67%. 2011/12 diversion from landfill has reached 83%!
Major financial savings have been realised through management and efficiency savings. Annual costs have been brought down 59% against business as usual and investment paid back in 3.8 years.
Communications/engagement and partnering with external organisations to maximise opportunities are key areas. The final element is using our waste minimisation practices as part of the formal and informal curriculum to help educate campus users.
Success in this very visible area of environmental management has allowed us to engage staff and students in managing our other environmental impacts.
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