Apart from global warming and resource over-exploitation, waste generation is one of the major problems we face. On average, a typical European generates approximately 620 kg/year of waste. Reducing and appropriate waste segregation will contribute to reducing its adverse effects on our health, air, land and water.
As part of our commitment to addressing the current environmental issues, we are working toward increasing the proportion of recyclable materials collected across our campuses to 50% by 2030.
It is important we reduce the volume of waste we generate and appropriately recycle materials from general waste. This will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emitted from landfill waste. GHGs are the primary causes of global warming and climate. In addition, appropriately segregating wastes could contribute to:
You can help by:
Head to the Queen Mary Zero Waste Shop pop-up outside the Curve 11-2pm on 18 March 2022 to find out more about reducing waste when you shop, the products available at Queen Mary's new store and help yourself to some free samples.
The video below highlights some of the benefits of waste segregation and recycling
As part of our participation in the 2022 Global Recycling Day, we are inviting all staff and students to attend a ‘waste awareness day’ event organised by Bywaters (our waste collection service contractor) that is being held by the Curve Restaurant (Mile End campus) between 11am and 2pm on 18 March 2022. Please see further details here.
For further information about Queen Mary’s environmental sustainability journey and to be actively involved in our commitment to improve our recycling performance, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org