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Reducing, reusing and recycling waste at Kingston University

Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Kingston University's practices tie in with the United Nations SDGs, which aim to transform our world and promote prosperity for all while protecting our planet. The University's policy on reducing, reusing and recycling supports:

Kingston University recognises that all aspects of our operations generate waste, emissions and discharges and we are committed to optimising use of our resources by implementing the waste hierarchy.

Kingston University has a zero waste to landfill policy in place and we are working to continuously prevent and reduce waste production in all areas of the University. 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.

According to latest figures, in 2018/2019 the University generated 618 tonnes of waste.

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 WARPit has saved Kingston University over £70,000. The programme has also lead to reductions in waste and a CO2 output:

  • Over 15 tonnes of waste saved – about the same weight as 13 cars.
  • more than 30 tonnes of CO2 saved from the atmosphere – that's about the same GHG emissions that would be produced by 6.5 passenger vehicles being driven for a whole year!

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 address this and make sure these items don't end up in the bin, we run an annual ‘Re:Love' project, where we collect items that could have been re-used, and donate these to charity. If you are a local charity and would be interested in claiming items that the University no longer needs, please contact us.

Contact us

Estates and Sustainability
Services Building
Penrhyn Road Campus
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 2EE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)20 8417 6520 
Email us

Contact us

Estates and Sustainability
Services Building
Penrhyn Road Campus
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 2EE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)20 8417 6520 
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.