Kingston University is committed to optimising use of our resources by:
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 (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:
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.
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.
If you are a local charity and would be interested in claiming items that the University no longer needs, please contact us.