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Award proves recycling is not a load of rubbish

Queen Margaret University has just been presented with an award for an innovative waste reduction project which retrieves and recycles household items for students.

The university’s Re:Use Project enables new students coming into halls of residence to reuse household items collected from previous student residents. The simple initiative has diverted nearly 18 tonnes of serviceable household items from landfill and at the same time offers students a cheap and easy way to equip themselves for living in student residences.

The Re:use Project won industry recognition for the best initiative by an organisation outside the waste management industry. The award was presented by Kaye Adams on behalf of the Scottish Waste and Resources Consortium.

Gill Kelly, Sustainability Coordinator at Queen Margaret University, said: ”The project fits well with QMU’s wider sustainability policy by clearly demonstrating the benefits of recycling and waste reduction to the student population and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from landfill.”


For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mobile: 07711 011239.

Notes to editor:

QMU leads the field in higher education sustainable design. Our new campus, which opened in 2007, is designed to exceed current environmental standards and sets a new benchmark in sustainable design.

QMU recently gained international recognition of its environmentally sustainable campus when it was presented with the Green Apple Award. The University gained a silver award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage. The Green Apple trophies are awarded annually in recognition of building projects that enhance the built environment and/or protect our architectural heritage.

QMU also won the Green Gown Awards for sustainable information technology. QMU scored top marks in the Green It category for implementation of thin client, the sustainable IT system installed throughout the new campus. QMU was also runners up gaining highly commended’ in the Sustainable Development category for the building of its sustainable campus.


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