University of Birmingham drive improvements through benchmark review
The Environmental Services Team at University of Birmingham (UoB) introduced a
bin-less office policy in 2009, a "zero to waste Landfill" policy in 2010 and have
proactively implemented many sustainable initiatives since, including "Junk Busters",
a pioneering, award winning joint recycling scheme between the University and
Guild of Students.
"We've introduced numerous initiatives over the years and are committed to
improving sustainability on campus and minimising the impact we have on our local
community. To identify further areas for improvement and to add value to our
forthcoming tender, we needed a deeper understanding of our data and a fuller
appreciation of recycling and waste activities on site."
Peter Larkin, Policy and Environmental Services Manager, University of Birmingham
"i-Clean were our preferred partner having previously benchmarked cleaning at UoB."
Working closely with the University, i-Clean conducted a benchmark review involving
site visits to review bin configurations, collection processes and scheduling of all
streams, including inspection of bins to understand materials being removed from
site. Invoicing processes, weight data and reporting methods (including
estimations) were interrogated for accuracy and compliance, and end of life
solutions checked and verified.
Following investigations, i-Clean were able to draw up a virtual map of tonnages
leaving the campus, including costs and end of life solutions. Strategies,
recommendations and a vision for the future were included in the output report on
all processes and protocols across the facility associated with recycling and waste.
"We have been able to drive some immediate improvements to our recycling and
waste processes and expenditure, and are considering others as part of our vision
for the future. Trials are shortly to commence on food waste generated by
accommodation areas to an AD solution, along with a 'clear bag policy' which has
the potential to increase recycling by a further 20%.
We look forward to working with i-Clean on our forthcoming tender with a very
clear vision of our needs, and increased options to drive further sustainable
initiatives which will be embedded into the University's recycling programmes."
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (UoB)
The University of Birmingham is
an original 'redbrick' university as
well as a founding member of the
The University makes a significant
contribution to sustainable
development, not only in its role as
a globally recognised provider of
research and teaching, but also in
the way it performs as a business
engaging positively with the local
and wider community.
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