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Liverpool Hope University Case Study

Liverpool Hope University Case study

The Client

Liverpool Hope University is a higher education establishment located close to Liverpool city centre. With over 6,000 students, the University is committed to reducing their environmental impact and carbon footprint as part of their Sustainability Strategy. B&M Waste Services are a carbon neutral waste management company with a recycling focus, enabling customers to reduce their environmental impact and carbon footprint in order to become more sustainable.

The Project

B&M Waste Services began working with Liverpool Hope University in September 2013. Previously, Liverpool Hope was segregating 24.5% of their waste on-site, with the remaining waste going to a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) facility. B&M Waste aimed to improve the recycling rate by reducing the number of collections, as fewer vehicles attending the site leads to a reduction in the University’s carbon footprint, in addition to reduced noise and congestion at the campus.

B&M Waste Services installed 27 x 1100 litre general waste bins and 16 x mixed recyclables bins across three Liverpool Hope campuses, as well as 18 x 240 litre bins for glass. A 35 cu yard compactor was installed for general waste, in addition to a 14 cu yard paper and card container. Containers for bulky waste and non-hazardous Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) were provided, and on-demand clear outs are made of hazardous waste, including fridges, freezers and microwaves. B&M Secure Shredding also provide a secure document data service where confidential documents are destroyed off-site in compliance with the Data Protection Act (1998).

The Responsibility

To ensure buy-in and use of the segregation options B&M Waste provide bespoke signage for the University waste containers, explaining what items can be placed into each container. This helped to educate students and staff at the University to encourage enthusiastic participation in the recycling schemes. We have attended the Fresher’s Fair on a number of occasions to help showcase how the University places an important emphasis on sustainability.

We offer all our clients bespoke carbon reporting: Liverpool Hope University are able to see their progress in the form of the number of trees and car miles saved through their recycling efforts.

The Results

With a focus on working in partnership to continuously improve the waste management and recycling service, Liverpool Hope achieved a recycling rate of 87.25% in December 2014. This includes on-site segregated recycling and general waste that is sent to RDF, which is used to generate electricity and steam to power heating systems. Bespoke carbon reporting, endorsed by Carbon Footprint Ltd, showed that for this month alone, Liverpool Hope had saved the equivalent of 17 trees and over 8,000 car miles. On a yearly basis, this would amount to over 240,000 tonnes of carbon saved through the recycling initiatives that the University has implemented.

By working in partnership and focusing on continuous improvement, B&M Waste Services and Liverpool Hope University are aiming to achieve a target of 100% diversion from landfill in the future.

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