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Recycling focus at Coventry University

Published 21st November, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Recycling focus at Coventry University

Coventry University has joined forces with Leafield Environmental to run a recycling trial in two faculty departments using the new Mini Meridian bin as part of its strategic plan to reach 80% recycling rates by 2015.

The Mini Meridian (87 litres) was designed and manufactured especially for Coventry University to meet its specifications for a bin to fit an office environment. The Mini is an evolution of the original Meridian bin (110 litres) which was launched in conjunction with Greenwich University in 2012.

Leafield's managing director, Phil Maddox, said: "The unit can be adapted to fit any environment with different waste stream lids suitable for different sites from lecture theatres and classrooms to libraries and kitchen areas."

Coventry University's environmental sustainability officer, Selina Fletcher, said: "We currently have different types of bins in different locations, so there is no easy way to maintain effective control over waste disposal. However, we have done some manual calculations, which we've used as a basis to improve recycling rates and, by introducing the Mini Meridian bins, which allow us to separate mixed recycling and general waste, we can now dispose of rubbish much more efficiently. We were impressed with the units because the bases are made from 100% recycled plastic, feature different waste stream lids and a signage kit to engage and educate users to recycle. The university aims to continually improve the percentage of recycling against non recycled waste year by year, ensuring that targets are met if not exceeded, and will be reflected in our position in the People and Planet Green League."

Features of the new bins include:

• Flat back for locating against a wall or back to back.
• Optional A3 signage.
• WRAP compliant colour coded lids and graphics.
• Lids can be split 70/30 or 30/40/30.
• Space for customer logo on front of bin.
• Waste streams: mixed recycling, general waste, plastics, paper, food waste, cans and liquids.

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