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The Recycling Challenge

Eleanor Hubble
26 July 2019


A recent YouGov poll showed that 45% of 18 to 24 year olds in the UK would rate the environment in the top three issues they are most concerned about. With public opinion strongly favouring circular economy, sustainable manufacturing & recyclable packaging, Swansea University's Engineering Department has teamed up with TerraCycle to offer staff and students the opportunity to recycle as much as possible.

TerraCycle are an organisation committed to ‘eliminating the idea of waste’, and boast that they can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. The group have partnered with consumer product companies, retailers, municipalities and manufacturers in more than 20 countries. They offer solutions to the issue of hard-to-recycle products such as baby food packets, pens, crisp packets and coffee pods which would normally end up in landfill.

This seems like a great step towards a waste-free society, and in addition the company also offer charity incentives for recycling waste, so far raising over 44 million dollars for charitable organisations all over the world.

So, as well as the usual paper and plastic bottle recycling stations, by installing a TerraCycle box in the reception area of the college, the University has enabled those working or studying on the Bay Campus to now recycle their empty crisp packets, pens and some coffee packaging.

This is not the only step the college has taken, reception now offer jugs of water and glasses for meetings, and there are also plans to phase out plastic drinking cups and instead introduce biodegradable drinking cups that can be recycled with food waste.

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