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Reducing, reusing and recycling waste at Kingston University

Kingston University is committed to optimising use of our resources by:

  • avoiding waste wherever possible;
  • fixing and reusing; and
  • recycling.

None of our waste goes direct to landfill. Anything that we can't recycle is taken to an energy recovery facility (incinerator) where it is burned to generate electricity for the national grid.  Between 2014 and June 2016, re-use and recycling rate has increased from 32% to 43% through a range of initiatives. Download more details (PDF).

WARPit

Warpit logoWARPit (the Waste Action Reuse Portal) is an online reuse tool that allows staff at the University to pass on items they no longer need to other members of staff. Local charities also benefit by getting free resources from the University.

Since its launch in January 2014 to July 2015 WARPit has saved Kingston University nearly £22,000. The programme has also lead to reductions in waste and a CO2 output:

  • nine tonnes of waste saved – about the same weight as seven small cars.
  • more than 7.5 tonnes of CO2 saved from the atmosphere – that's about as much as would be produced if you left your television on continuously for more than five years!

Re:love

When our students move out of their halls of residences at the end of term, many have items which they no longer want or need. To make sure these items don't end up in the bin we collect them up and donate them to various local good causes.

To address this, we run an annual ‘Re:Love' project, where we collect items that could have been re-used, and donate these to charity.  Following a successful pilot project in summer 2014 at our Seething Wells halls of residence, we are now working in partnership with London Reuse Network to collect and distribute items to good causes.  Our 2015 scheme saw us collect a whopping 6.5 tonnes, of which over 90% was donated and the remainder recycled.

Relove campaing collection gazebo

A creative approach to Re:Use

During 2015/16, Kingston University has put in place a number of exciting re-use initiatives under the banner ‘The Reuse Revolution', reducing the amount of virgin materials we use and the need for disposal. This includes a range of projects across the institution including food sharing, furniture donations, textile reuse and an innovative circular economy collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Download more details (PDF) or watch the short film below. This project was a finalist in the 2016 Green Gown awards.

Contact us

Sustainability Hub
River House
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

Contact us

Sustainability Hub
River House
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

Local charities

If you are a local charity and would be interested in claiming items that the University no longer needs, please contact us. 

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