Sustainable Waste | What is recycled at DMU. In case you missed it!

What is recycled at DMU?

  • Batteries: D, C, AA, AAA, 9 Volt, and Button –> to be sent to Gateway House

On average a person uses 21 batteries a year, all of which need to be recycled [why is it important to recycle batteries? here the explanation]. Around 600 million batteries [22,000 tonnes], the weight equivalent of 110 Jumbo Jets, are unnecessarily sent to landfill every year. By the way, when buying batteries why don’t you choose re-usable one?! They’re a lot more green!

  • CDs and DVDs –> to be sent to Gateway House
  • Cans: Drink cans –> bin made in cardboard

If all the aluminium drinks can sold in the UK were recycled, there would be 14 million fewer full dustbins per year. If all the aluminium cans recycled in the UK in 1998 were laid end to end, they would stretch from Land’s End to John O’Groats more than 160 times. 75% of all drink cans are made of aluminium. Amazingly, recycling aluminium requires only 5% of the energy it takes to make new aluminium, and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions. Just one recycled aluminium cans saves enough energy to run a television for three hours! And do you know how many times can aluminium be recycled!? INFINITELY

  • Cardboard: Computer boxes, Stationary boxes, Thin or coated cards, Cereal boxes

When recycling cardboard look for the bin with the yellow lid at DMU!

  • Paper: Glossy Paper, Newspaper, Books, Phone Directories, Catalogues, Leaflets, Journals, Photocopy Paper, Non Glossy Paper, Pencil sharpening, Sugar Paper, Envelopes with and without Windows [after having reused them for internal mail], Coloured & plain paper

On average, each person in the UK uses over 200kg of paper per year, 61% of this is recycled, however it is estimated that up to 79% can be achievable. Recycled paper made up 75.5% of the raw materials for UK newspapers in 2004. UK uses 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard every year. Recovered paper can be made into all sorts of new products, such as newspaper, magazines, printer paper, cardboard, and toilet paper…! Recycled paper was first made in 1801, a lot earlier than wood-based paper.

When recycling paper look for the bin with the blue lid at DMU!

  • Plastic: Plastic Carry bags, Drink Bottles(without tops), Drink Bottles tops, Bubble wrap, Shrink wrap (cling Film), Hard Plastics (cd cases, plastic trays), Sandwich Packets (no food), Crisp packets (no crisps in them), Empty yoghurt pots
  • What cannot be recycled: Any plastic which has food still contained within it, Polystyrene

UK produces 3 million tonnes of plastic waste each year. Approximately 85% is landfilled, 8% incinerated and 7% recycled. Recycling just one plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a 60Watt light bulb for 6 hours or to power a computer for 25 minutes. Plastic can take up to 400 years to break down in landfill.

When recycling paper look for the bin with the green lid at DMU!

  • Glass –> blue recycling bin in each kitchen
  • Coffee jars, Glass jars, Glass milk bottles, Wine bottles, Glass bottles, Beer bottles
  • Computers –> ask ITMS
  • Fluorescent lighting

A recycling scheme to safely dispose of tubes and lamps has been successfully implemented at the University. Estates Department have been collecting spent lamps since March 2003, recycle more than 4,000 a year. If not safely disposed of, the lamps can leak potentially lethal substances such as mercury into the water systems if simply dumped at a landfill site. The used tubes are collected in specifically designed containers and collected by a specialist recycling company. Every part of the lamp can be recycled including both the glass and metal. The tubes and lamps are recycled in such a way as to prevent the mercury being released into the environment as exhaust air.

  • Ink cartridge
  • Metal
  • Mobile phones –> be sent to Gateway House

Most people replace their mobile phones every 18 months but the average phone lasts 8 years. Around 105 million mobile phones are replaced in Europe every year. Around 90 million old mobile phones lie unused in the UK. Some mobile phones contain the most dangerous non-biodegradable toxic substances in the world. The best solution for the environment is for mobile phones to be repaired and reused whenever possible or broken down for spare parts. In the developing world mobile phones can make an enormous difference to people’s quality of life by improving communication networks.

  • Wood

DMU now recycle all types of wood and have a permanent wood skip on campus. However the wooden pallets are still delivered to seven different local allotment societies. The implementation of the wooden pallet scheme is carried out by working closely with the users of the University buildings and the local community. Pallets that are collected from around the campus by Porterage staff are delivered to a community allotment society. This is then transformed into fences, sheds and compost bins. This has proved invaluable to Society with over 75% of the garden sheds being built, from the reclaimed wood supplied by the University. Last year the University supplied over 14 tons of reused wood for this project, which as enabling the project to continue successfully over the last three years, as well as reducing the waste going to landfill. This project brings significant benefits to the University both in savings on disposal of waste, along with working with and supporting the local community.

  • Clothes

The University now have a clothing bank on campus located in the main staff car park, just of the main island. The University will be working in partnerships with the Fire Fighters Charity. Every year, thousands of fire fighters are injured whilst protecting the public. Every 30 seconds in the UK, fire fighters are called to an incident, putting their lives on the line, and often sustaining physical injuries whilst carrying out their duties .The Fire Fighters Charity is there for fire fighters during their times of need, and assists over 13,500 individuals every year by providing pioneering treatment and support services. The items that can be placed into the clothing bank are: Clothing, Shoes, Old Fabric. From the recycling scheme, the wearable items are sent to Third World countries to help those who are experiencing situations resulting in extreme poverty. However the un-wearable items are recycled into other day-to-day products such as car insulation and furniture padding.

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