At the University of Sheffield, the amount we recycle increased from 43 % in 2008/9 to 82% in 2009/10 and many buildings have their own agenda for remaining eco-friendly such as the IC’s light sensor system. Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the UK and after various departments across the University have achieved Bronze and Silver awards in the Green Impact scheme, which runs across UK universities; we are determined to keep up our good name and eco-friendly habits. Here’s what the Psychology department, but probably many more departments, does and how you can help!
We’ve all done it. Accidentally thrown away some rubbish into the wrong bin perhaps because we were unsure what bin to throw it in! But fear not, the recycling programme is much easier than you think. There are two recycling bins across the department: one for general waste (white bins) and one for all recycling (blue bins).
See the A-Z of Waste and Recycling for a full list of items and where to bin it..
Both bins along with other general waste are taken to a material recycling facility (MRF) where all waste is sorted into categories such as size and metallic properties
Various machines such as Ballistic separators and Trommels, which the waste passes through- usually on a conveyor belt, complete the sorting and cleaning processes.
Once all the waste is separated, is it crushed and wrapped for transportation where it serves a new purpose. Paper turns back into new paper and magazines, aluminium cans become aluminium sheets and cardboard is pulped and forms new cardboard boxes
Across the department and University, various measures have been taken to reduce the amount we print and save paper
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