This page is your source for information about our College’s recycling and resource conservation efforts. To learn more, or to share ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact Green Officer Lou Fioravanti at email@example.com.
Thank you for doing your part to reduce our environmental impacts and make Wolfson one of the greenest colleges in Cambridge!
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QUICK TIPS for GREENER LIVING
- Print double sided!
You’ll save money AND paper! Print only what you need — check for pages with only a few lines.
- Turn off lights in empty rooms!
This goes for bathrooms and toilets, kitchens, seminar rooms, and bedrooms.
- When you open a window, turn off the heat!
If you can't turn off the heat, fill out a maintenance request at http://www.maintenance.wolfson.cam.ac.uk.
- Turn off the tap!
Wolfson’s faucets gush out many gallons per minute. Turning off the tap when washing up, and brushing your teeth saves water as well as the energy needed to heat that water.
- Use “Eco” laundry cycles whenever possible!
They use less water and (heat) energy, but still get your clothes clean.
See the College recycling guide below.
- If you live in College, your closest recycling point is your kitchen. There you will find bins for plastic bottles, cans/tins/foil, and glass. Please rinse and remove most food and liquid from these items before recycling. Crush plastic bottles and discard plastic caps.
- Main College Recycling Point
- At the back entrance to the College (near Bredon House) is a utility area with recycling bins for cardboard (please flatten), plant matter, paper, plastic bottles, cans/tins/foil, and glass. The main entrance is closed at night but is always accessible through a small gate across from the laundry.
- Club Room
- The Club room is the location for battery and printer cartridge recycling.
- Front Entrance (near Porters)
- Bags are available for mobile phone recycling at the newspaper desk; a paper recycling bin is also available near the pigeonholes.
- Behind H Block
- Large blue bin for electronics recycling (computer equipment, speakers, calculators, phones, and other small appliances (e.g. alarm clocks)
- Cambridge Recycling/Oxfam Donation Point
- Donate clothes, shoes, and books to Oxfam at the collection point on the Barton extension road, in the car park (on south side of Lammas Land). Low-energy light bulbs can also be recycled here.
RECYCLING GUIDE A-Z
See below for more detailed information about Wolfson Recycling. If you live off-site or can’t find what you’re looking for, check out the Cambridge Council recycling guidelines at http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/public/docs/Recycling%20A-Z.pdf. If you have further questions or comments, contact the Green Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Recycling point in the Club Room
- Oxfam on Sidney Street or at the donation point in the car park south of Lammas Land
- Cans, Tins, and Foil
- All metal cans, both steel and aluminum, whether from food, drink or aerosols, plus clean aluminum foil and foil containers such as pie trays or take-away trays, can be recycled in bins in the kitchens and at the main College recycling point. Please rinse food tins and crush cans, if possible, to save space.
- Please break down large boxes and place in large bins at the main College recycling point. Tape is okay!
- Compostable Materials
- Deposit fruit and plant kitchen waste into the Green Bin at the main College recycling point. These materials go to create nutrient-rich compost used by the College gardeners for our plants on-site! Be vigilant; do not allow plastic food labels, glass, metal, or any other materials to enter the bin. NO meat, dairy, or fat; this attracts vermin.
- Currently we do not recycle Tetra-Pak or other paper-based drink and liquid cartons at College. You can recycle them at the following recycling points:
Sainsbury’s, Brooks Road
Tesco, off Newmarket Road
The Beehive Centre, Coldhams Lane (near Maplins)
Waitrose, Hauxton Road
Focus Do-It-All, Tenison Road
Cherry Hinton Hall car park
Contrary to popular belief, cartons are not made from ‘waxed cardboard’. They are made from layers of card and plastic laminate, and sometimes foil.
- Rinse containers and place in kitchen recycling bins or at the main College recycling point.
- Staples and tape are okay! Recycle paper near the Porter’s Lodge, in the Library, Computer Room, David Williams Room, and at the main College recycling point.
- Plastic Bags
- Currently there is no plastic bag recycling point in College. Remember to reuse your plastic bags, and try to use a reusable cloth bag for shopping. The City Council does not collect plastic bags, however local supermarkets may have collection points.
- Plastic bottles
- All plastic bottles are accepted including water, squash, fizzy drink and milk bottles, shampoo bottles and cleaning product bottles. Please drain liquid, crush bottles, and discard plastic caps.
- Printer Cartridges
- Recycle printer cartridges (both laser and inkjet) in the Club Room. Various shops in Cambridge collect spent printer cartridges, including WHSmith on Petty Cury. You can also take your used cartridges to the Smart Cartridge Shop on Mill Road (01223 464100) or Cartridge World on Cherry Hinton Road (01223 414151) for refilling.
- Low-Energy Bulbs
- Low-energy bulbs should be recycled with care as they contain small amounts of mercury; the Cambridge Recycling point in the car park south of Lammas Land has a low-energy bulb bin.
- Mobile Phones
- Bags for recycling mobile phones are available from the table opposite the Porter’s Lodge.
- Place any unusable computer equipment, speakers, calculators, phones, and other small appliances (e.g. alarm clocks) in the blue wheelie bin at the back of H block.
The Cambridge Freecycle™ Network is a non-profit organization and is open to all who want to pass on useful items for reuse rather than throw them away, whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door. Go to: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/cambridgefreecycle.
SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS AT WOLFSON
The WCSA Green Officer works with College students and staff, most notably the Bursar, to promote resource conservation and increase awareness about environmental issues. In addition, we need student “Green Reps” for almost every block and house to keep an eye on local resource use and contact fellow residents from time to time. If you’re interested in becoming involved, e-mail the Green Officer at email@example.com!