Green impact team

Green Wolfson

We are proud of our efforts to improve sustainability, reduce our carbon footprint and encourage environmental awareness.

Green impact team

Green Impact Team

The Wolfson Green Impact team work to reduce environmental impacts at the College. The team consists of members of staff and student representatives.

The team has been rewarded with a Green Impact Gold award for the last two years. The award was presented this year by Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope to the College's Domestic Bursar, Alan Fuller, at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

The Green Impact Awards are given to colleges and departments that introduce and maintain a variety of green initiatives across the board, from sustainable gardening practices to recycling to reducing energy use. In granting the award this year, Maribel Calvo, Environmental Coordinator for the University of Cambridge, said that the judges were “very impressed with Wolfson's general outlook on sustainability and all actions. Despite having a difficult year they have continued to do almost all the major actions and they are clearly committed to continuing at their gold standard.” The Committee also emphasised our solar panels and LED lighting.

In all 46 awards were given in 2018 across the University and Colleges for their efforts to improve environmental performance. If you are interested in green issues around the university, subscribe to the Greenlines e-newsletter or follow the Environment and Energy section on Twitter @CambridgeSust.

Each year WCSA elects a Green Officer, who works to raise awareness of sustainability issues and encourage green policies such as recycling around College. The WCSA Green Officer for 2018-2019 is Kaustav Dutta.


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, food tins, metal jar lids, all Tetra-Pak cartons, glass bottles and jars, all plastic bottles, plastic pots, tubs, and tray. 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.

Every room should have a recycling bag. You can empty the bag in your kitchen, leave it outside your door, or leave it in your room to be emptied when your room is cleaned, totally up to you!

Compost bin

We have a compost bin located in the waste collection area at the back of the College, close to the entrance of Bredon House - please use it! But use it wisely: if the bin gets contaminated with the wrong items all our efforts will go to waste - literally!

Eggshells, fruit and vegetable peelings, teabags and the like are all welcome. Strictly NO meat, dairy or grease! Check the red information signs for details. If in doubt - email the WCSA Green Officer.

Mixed recycling

Paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and plastic food containers can be placed in the large purple containers in the waste collection area at the back of the College, close to the entrance of Bredon House.

Ink cartridges

Empty printer cartridges can go in the bin just inside the entrance to the Jack King Building.

Pens & markers

There is a tub for broken and empty pens and markers in the College Office (during opening hours).

Electrical items

Small electrical items may be placed in the large blue bin near the back entrance of H Block.


In the Seminar Room you will find three large mixed-recycling bins and one large blue battery recycling bin.

Charity Collection Point

If you have any items to donate to charity, there is a British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity collection point in the Wolfson College car park, in the corner near Chadwick House. BHF welcomes donations of any of the following:

  • Clothes, Shoes and Handbags
  • Books
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Games and Toys
  • Homewares
  • Bric-a-brac

If you are a UK tax-payer, you can even Gift Aid your donation, by using the BHF bags and forms available from a table near the Porters' Lodge.