King’s College London Recycling Roll Out

This month we are rolling out our services at the King’s College London campuses. King’s College London (KCL) is a public research university located in London, regarded as one of the top multidisciplinary research universities in the world.

KCL are seeking to improve the amount of waste they recycle. Educational establishments present a number of challenges as they produce a wide variety of waste streams and are reliant on engagement from the student body. We have worked closely with KCL to find effective solutions to their waste, such as separating it into several waste streams; Food Recycling, Dry Mixed Recyclables, Glass Recycling, General waste and even a paper cup recycling scheme.

Olivia Preston, Operations Sustainability Manager KCL, said: ‘This is a great step forward in improving the way we manage waste, and will bring many benefits to the university. We’re excited that Simply Waste Solutions are on-board, as they’re committed to work with us to improve our recycling rates to reach our 70% target. We’ll also be able to provide feedback to students and staff on how their building is performing.’

Earlier this year King’s College London took part in the Square Mile Challenge, the challenge was to collect half a million cups in the square mile of London within just one month! KCL have opted to continue to use the paper cup recycling scheme (Simply Cups) across several of their campuses, underpinning their commitment to recycling and sustainability.

King’s College London aim to achieve a recycling target of 70% of their waste being recycled. In a time where recycling is increasingly popular and multiple waste streams are present, it can be challenging to know what is recyclable. Therefore we have provided educational material to promote waste awareness in the hope to reduce bin contamination and maximize what is recycled.

For a number of years businesses have become increasingly aware of the benefits of recycling, such as the prevention of waste reaching landfill, the reduction of pollution and the protection of the environment. Here at Simply Waste Solutions we believe that waste should always be given a ‘second life’. This can be achieved through the use of effective recycling solutions or through the process of transforming waste to energy. A Zero to Landfill approach is the key to a sustainable future.

Mark Cook, Sales Director SWS said: ‘Simply Waste Solutions are delighted to have been awarded the KCL contract. A key factor for KCL was around the investment that we have made in our food and glass recycling services, as well as the development of our closed loop initiatives (in particular Simply Cups). Providing accurate weight data and management information across all waste streams, supported by our dedicated account management team will give KCL the platform needed to meet their target of 70% recycling across the estate. We are looking forward to working closely with the KCL team over the coming months to achieve this.’