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Take part in the Zero Waste Sprint this month!

By 08 Nov 2019

We all know how much damage waste is doing to our planet. Mountains of rubbish are ending up in our natural environments, polluting the ecosystems we rely on. And when we throw materials away unnecessarily, we also waste all the resources and energy that went into producing them. But it doesn’t have to be this way! By reducing the number of disposable items we consume, reusing whatever we can, and recycling anything that can’t be reused, we can create a world where resources are properly valued and our environment is protected.     

That’s why the Reduce the Juice campaign is challenging all Halls of Residence to a Zero Waste Sprint over the next month. From 15th November to 15th December, the Halls will be competing against each other to see which one can make the biggest reduction in waste sent to landfill, compared to this time last year. The Hall that makes the biggest waste reduction will win £250, to be spent on a prize of your choice!   

To make your Hall of Residence the University of London’s Zero Waste Champion, there are some simple changes you and your fellow residents can make:  

  • Stop throwing things away! Replace single-use items such as coffee cups with a reusable option, and use your own shopping bags and containers when buying groceries.  

  • Recycle from the comfort of your own home! Your bedroom and kitchen area should have a recycling bin with a red bin bag. You can put all your waste paper, cardboard, clear plastic packaging and glass into this bin. Make sure you wash out food containers before you drop them in the recycling.  

  • Remember, almost 80% of everything we throw away can be recycled. Items such as small electrical goods, batteries and textiles are collected for recycling from special collection points around central London. Visit londonrecycles.co.uk to find the recycling points closest to you.  

Good luck to all our participating Halls of Residence – College Hall, Connaught Hall, International Hall, Nutford House, Lilian Penson Hall and Garden Halls. Let the sprint begin!   

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