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Waste prevention

recyclingBefore considering recycling, priority should always be given to preventing waste from being produced in the first place. This idea is represented by the famous 3 Rs.

In order of priority these are:


Don't use more than what you actually need. Here's how:

  1. Avoid buying products that have excess packaging.
  2. Drink tap water, not bottled - you can find fountains to refill your bottle in all catering areas and numerous other locations, such as The Spark and libraries.
  3. Avoid cooking/ordering too much food - don't create unnecessary food waste.
  4. When possible, choose products that will last a long time or that can be reused, instead of disposable items.
  5. Only print or photocopy when really necessary – use double-sided or reduce the size if you can.


Use items more than once so they last longer or give them away to someone who needs them. Here are some tips:

  1. Buy bottled water once only! Keep the plastic bottle and refill it with tap water.
  2. Keep paper that was used on one side only for writing notes and messages.
  3. When ordering drinks, ask for china cups instead of using disposable cups.
  4. Take a reusable bag when you go shopping.
  5. If you are a member of staff, register on Warp-it - The Surplus Store using the app on the portal. Advertise office items and furniture you no longer need; find office equipment that other staff are happy to give away.
  6. Reuse office folders (see Warp-it), rather than order new ones.


If you can avoid producing waste or can't reuse it anymore, make sure it is always placed in the correct bin. To learn more, visit our what to recycle page.

Page last updated on Monday 24 October 2016 at 10.23am.


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