Sheffield Hallam is proud to be a zero to landfill university. This has been achieved through working with waste contractor Veolia.
Recyclable material generated is segregated on site with the remainder taken to the local Energy Recovery Facility, where is it incinerated to create energy and returned to our university buildings as heat. Benefits include reducing impacts and emissions associated with landfill disposal and heating, estimated at 920 tonnes CO2e annually. The partnership with Veolia has also been beneficial within the university through a close contract management relationship and the provision of communications and engagement opportunities, such as participation in Fresher's Week and access to tours of the ERF facility itself for staff, students and green champions.
Through this partnership the university is a part of a much bigger network providing the annually required 225,000 tonnes of waste to reduce environmental impacts across the city.
Top 3 learnings:
1 Ongoing communication is key to ensure a smooth partnership.
2 Have clear aims from the offset and stick to them.
3 But be flexible and open to new ways of achieving them.
CO2t savings over the life cycle of the project:
2760t (Estimated over 3 year contract)