Posted: Sun 28th Feb 2021

New recycling bins rolled out as part of campus-wide sustainability drive at Glyndwr for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Feb 28th, 2021

An ambitious project to boost recycling at Wrexham Glyndwr University has begun, with the first of a series new recycling stations set to be rolled out across campus arriving on site

The stations – which are made out of fully-recycled materials – are part of a wider project funded by the Welsh Government’s Circular Economy fund, which aims to see the amount of recycling the university carries out boosted to 50 per cent.

Wrexham Glyndwr University Director of Operations, Lynda Powell, said: “We’ve been making good progress at Glyndwr already – introducing environmentally friendly schemes such as reusable coffee cups to cut waste and water fountains across campus where students and staff can refill their water bottles for free.

“Those small changes are starting to pay off – from January 2019 to January 2020, nearly one in every three coffees served on campus was in a renewable cup, and throughout that year, we sent no waste to landfill at all.

“However, we know we can do more – and that’s why we’re working to boost the amount of recycling we carry out as well.

“Thanks to a grant from the Welsh Government fund of £22,500, we’ll be rolling out our new recycling stations across campus – making it even easier for our staff and students to recycle.”

Each station will take dry mixed recycling and general waste as a minimum, with staff and students being encouraged to separate out their waste and do their bit.

Senior Health, Safety and Environment Officer Jenny Thomas said: “When we’ve talked to our staff and students before about our work to boost sustainability, one of the key things they’ve told us is that they want more places where they can recycle.

“That’s where these stations will come in – they are part of a campus-wide drive which helps people to do the right thing, and which we will use to drive our recycling rates up over the next year.

“With a few simple steps – such as making sure we use the right containers for recycling and food waste and cut cross-contamination – we can all start making Glyndwr a cleaner, greener place.”

The project is set to roll out further across Glyndwr throughout 2021 – keep an eye on Campus Talk, Green Glyndwr Social media and the university’s Sustainability web pages to find out more about upcoming changes and ways in which we can all play our part.

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