February 21, 2022 | University Partners

University of Suffolk Hits Top Ten for Green Credentials

The University of Suffolk is celebrating after its green credentials earned it a place in the top ten of a national league table.

People and Planet UK is a campaigning network which compiles a yearly environmental and ethical university league table which covers a variety of environmental themes and ranks universities based on publicly available information.

Out of 154 universities, the University of Suffolk ranks within the top ten for its waste and recycling achievements, achieving a recycling rate of 97%.

Justine Oakes, Sustainability Manager at the university said: “Our most recent achievement in waste management has been our approach to recycling and an overhaul of our smaller, more complex waste stream disposal contracts.

“We also have carefully selected contract partner providers, with Sackers operating an excellent service for our general office waste collection ensuring an exceptionally high recycling rate is maintained across the estate.”

Nigel Lucker, University Director of Estates, emphasised the importance of this approach in making a positive impact.

“Last year we were able to achieve a recycling rate of 97% with only 2% being sent to landfill and the remainder incinerated.”

Looking to the future, Nigel added: “Our real focus now is to reduce the amounts of waste we are producing annually across all waste streams, by thoughtful procurement, additional repair and re-use and moving towards embedding circular economy thinking into our operational and infrastructure materials choice.”

To find out more about sustainability at the University of Suffolk go to Sustainability | University of Suffolk (uos.ac.uk)