In June this year our College Maintenance Team implemented a new waste reduction program. With over 1400 students and more than 200 staff there is a great opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and work towards a greener more sustainable school environment.
The College has reduced the amount of waste that goes to landfill significantly, by implementing the following waste streams:
• ALL wood products (including laminated) are now sent for recycling – previously only raw wood was accepted
• Sawdust has its own waste stream (before it went to landfill)
• ALL organic waste from the Canteen and Home Economics Department now has its own waste stream and is sent to Rich Grow and turned into compost
• ALL globes and batteries are now captured and sent away for recycling
• ALL green waste such as rose pruning etc. are captured and sent for recycling.
The scope of other things that remain include electrical waste which is sent away for recycling although the scope of what can be sent has increased so more is being sent.
College Manger of Properties Mr Jeremy Cave [pictured above] said small recycling changes can have a big impact and we have already seen the fruits of this in the first three months of our new program.