Department of Estates

Every little bit helps

Wed Oct 10 15:22:00 BST 2018

The University of Bath’s Waste Management Strategy provides a plan for the sustainable management of waste, including recycling.  The aims of the Strategy include preventing and minimising waste, encouraging participation in recycling and re-use initiatives and reducing the costs involved in the disposal of waste.

From 1 November 2018 the Department of Estates will be removing all personal rubbish bins located at desks and in offices across campus.  As a replacement we can provide small hessian bags which can be used to help you take your rubbish to the nearest waste and recycling bins.  You may have already noticed that recycling bins for paper, plastic, cans and general waste have already been placed in convenient locations within your department, either in a corridor, kitchen or other public area.

hessian bag

Why we are doing this?

Estates use an estimated 160,000 bin bags each year so the fewer bin liners used; the greater the savings made – not just financial but particularly environmental.  Plastic bags tend to disrupt the environment in a serious way as once in landfills they slowly release toxic chemicals.   Whilst tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals and turtles are killed every year from plastic bags floating in the sea as they often mistake them for food such as jellyfish. 

Recently, Estates ran a test on level 1 of 8 West, which includes six general teaching rooms, the Print Unit and 5 shared offices.  Bin bags were used to line all waste bins being used and over the space of only one week 156 bags were changed, showing just the tip of the iceberg.

Therefore, we will be removing bins in November. We have 1,000 hessian bags to give away, so if you do not already have your own hessian bag and would like one please contact the Facilities Section on giving your name and location or you can also order one free from Central Stores using the Agresso code 3050726. 

For those who do wish to keep their own bin, please be aware that you will be responsible for emptying and for cleaning it as no bin liners will be provided.

We hope that this operational change, whilst small, will be a move in the right direction.