New students this autumn will be able to save money at Zero Waste Free Shops where stuff left at the end of the last academic year will be given away for free. Its a great idea, stopping verything from duvets to pots and pans from going to landfill by reusing it and saving new students loads of money.
Manchester Metropolitan University launched its Zero Waste Halls Project a few years ago and now cover three halls of accommodation. In total they’ve recycled over 10 tonnes of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfill. Big green banks were placed outside halls and boxes for electrical equipment, food and cutlery were put inside halls. The group then held two big recycling days to sort through all the materials collected, go through bins and clear out things that were left in flats to make sure than nothing was missed. The project carries on throughout the summer to ensure every last item is recycled.
To find out more contact People and Planet a student network which support students in taking action on world poverty and the environment. Or see how LSE and Oxford University made it happen.
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