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 impact and make Wolfson one of the greenest colleges in Cambridge!
Contents for this page:
Quick Tips for Greener Living
Recycling Guide A-Z
Sustainability Efforts at Wolfson
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.
Recycle! See the College recycling guide below.
Your Room NEW!!
We are introducing tote bags, where you will be able to put all your room’s recycling. You can take the tote to your kitchen for emptying, leave it outside your door for emptying by the housekeeping staff, or leave it in your room, to be emptied when your room is cleaned once a week, totally up to you!
Kitchen Mixed Recycling Bin (With clear plastic bag/bin liner)
If you live in College, your closest recycling point is your kitchen. There you will find a bin for combined recycling. This includes: paper – magazines - envelopes - all cardboard - phone books and catalogues – aerosols - clean foil - large tins (Biscuits/Cookies, Sweets, Coffee, etc.) - drink cans – fruit & vegetables & soup tins/cans - metal jar lids – all Tetra-Pak cartons – glass bottles and jars – all plastic bottles – plastic pots, tubs, and trays - Please rinse and remove most food and liquid from these items before recycling. Crush plastic bottles, tins, and cans with the crusher next to the bin.
Main College Recycling Point
At the back of the college, near the back entrance (near Bredon House) is a utility area with 3 purple mixed-recycling wheelie bins, and a green smaller bin for compost; only vegetable kitchen waste should be disposed of in this bin, no meat, dairy, or fat, as it attracts vermin. The main entrance is closed at night but is always accessible through a small gate across from the laundry.
In the Clubroom you will find three large mixed-recycling bins and one large blue battery recycling bin, near the water fountain and the coffee machine, by the double doors to the cafeteria.
In the Lee Room you will find three large mixed-recycling bins.
Front Entrance (near Porters)
Bags are available for mobile phone and printer cartridges recycling at the porter’s desk; a paper recycling bin is also available near the pigeonholes.
Behind H Block
Large blue wheelie bin for electronics recycling (computer equipment, speakers, calculators, phones, and other small appliances (e.g. alarm clocks)
Wolfson College British heart Foundation Donation Point
If you have any items to donate to charity, there is now a British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity collection point in the Wolfson College car park, in the corner near Chadwick House (and near a white skip). BHF welcomes donations of any of the following:
Clothes – Books – Shoes – Handbags - CDs/DVDs – Games - Toys
- Homeware - Bric-a-brac -
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can even Gift-Aid your donation, by using the BHF bags and forms available from a table near the Porters’ Lodge.
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 https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/a-z-recycling-directory If you have further questions or comments, contact the Green Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling point in the Club Room, in the blue bin next to the cafeteria’s double doors.
Donation point in the Wolfson College car park.
Cans, Tins, and Foil
All metal cans, both steel and aluminium, whether from food, drink or aerosols, plus clean aluminium foil and foil containers such as pie trays or take-away trays, can be recycled in the mixed-recycling bins in your kitchen, and in the purple wheelie bins in the main college recycling point. Please rinse food tins and drinks cans, and crush them to save space.
All cardboard can be recycled in the mixed-recycling bins in your kitchen. Please rip apart and flatten all boxes. Place large boxes in the purple wheelie bins in the main college recycling point. Tape is okay!
Deposit fruit and plant kitchen waste into the GREEN BIN in the main College recycling point. These materials go to create nutrient-rich compost used by the College gardeners for our lovely plants. 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.
All Tetra-Pak or other paper-based drink and liquid cartons can be recycled in the mixed-recycling bins in your kitchen or in the purple wheelie bins in the main college recycling point. Please rinse and crush containers.
Rinse containers and place in the mixed-recycling bins in your kitchen or in the purple wheelie bins in the main College recycling point.
Staples and tape are okay! Recycle paper in the mixed-recycling bins in your kitchen or near the Porter’s Lodge, in the Library, Computer Room, David Williams Room, Karen Spärck Jones Room, and in the purple wheelie bins in the main College recycling point.
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 larger supermarkets have collection points. If you get your food delivered by one of the major supermarkets, the driver will usually pick up old plastic bags for recycling. Ask them!
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.
Recycle printer cartridges (both laser and inkjet) by collecting a freepost bag from the porter’s lodge. You can also take your used cartridges to Cartridge World on Cherry Hinton Road (01223 414151) for refilling.
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.
Bags for recycling mobile phones are available from 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, and Domestic 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 .