The MCR is keen to encourage sustainable operations across the College. Here are some easy tips you can follow to help do your bit! If you have any suggestions or questions, or would like to get involved, do get in touch!
Here are some tips to make your college life a sustainable one:
1. Your kitchen
Rules for the recycling bin (the one with the green bag):
Paper, magazines, envelopes
Anything non-recyclable goes in the rubbish bin (the one with the black bag).
There are no recycling bins in your room, but please collect your recyclable waste in a separate bag/box and then empty it into the recycling bin in the kitchen.
2. The Great Hall
In the waste disposal area of Hall, there are separate bins for different types of rubbish designated by signs above the bins; only put food waste in the food bin. Putting things in the wrong bins contaminates everything, and recyclable items end up going to landfills. Food waste (if not contaminated) is sometimes composted and used on the gardens, so it’s a win-win situation if you put food in the right bin!
3. The Griffin Buttery & Bar
There are bins in the Griffin (look for the green bag and signs). The same rules apply to these bins as the ones in your kitchen (see above). Please put all food waste in the general waste bin.
4. Printing rooms
Trays for paper that has been printed on one side and can be re-used are found by most printers in college. Please save paper by re-using this paper when possible.
5. Large quantities of recyclable goods
The large recycling bins located through the double doors next to the Bar can be used to dispose of large quantities of recyclable material (e.g. too many cardboard boxes or wine bottles to fit in your kitchen bin). Please use these bins properly and sort everything correctly.
If you’re leaving Cambridge and don’t want to take your bike with you, you can donate it to charity, for example – The Bike Harvest re-furbishes and re-sells the bikes to students to cover the repair costs. See http://www.camcycle.org.uk/events/bikeharvest/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the nearest drop-off point.
7. End-of-year collections
At the end of the academic year, boxes are placed in East House, Harrison House, and the MCR for several weeks to collect any unwanted items, which are then donated to charities, such as Oxfam and Jimmy’s Shelter, or recycled instead of being chucked into landfills.
Items to be collected are:
- Clothing, textiles and shoes (paired)
- Small electrical items (even if they’re broken!)
- Books, DVDs and CDs
- Unused toiletries
- Food/drink: coffee, tea, drinking chocolate, squash, sugar, salt, cooking oil, gravy granules, bread, canned soups, fruit & veg, biscuits, cakes (NOTHING that needs refrigerating)
- Kitchen-ware: airtight storage boxes, plastic mixing bowls, measuring jugs, sharp knives, aluminium foil, cling-film and freezer bags.
(These tips were adapted from those written by the 2011-2012 JCR Environment and Ethical Affairs Officer, Heather Plumpton)