Our recycling’s rubbish at exam-time!

Grey display boards with posters, black sacks and post-box with big eyes on it advertising how to improve recycling efforts.Recently we held an exhibition to show how Library users can help fix an environmental problem in the Library. Statistics show that during busy periods, including exam-time, waste tonnage collected in the Library goes up but the percentage of recycling goes down. This is most obvious in the Group Study Areas of the 2nd and 4th Floors.

Graph showing recycling levels dip and waste rise at exam time

What can we do?

  1. Please take a moment to be more environmentally friendly by:
    • putting used coffee cups in the waste bin! If our recycling company sees bin bags contaminated with used cups or drink dregs, they won’t take it – and the whole bag goes to landfill. Many people are unaware of this and would help if they understood.
    • put recycling in the right bin. (The exhibition tells you more about which paper,  metal and plastics we recycle here).
  2. Look out soon for our ‘roving slop bin‘, on test for University Estates & Facilities, coming to various parts of the Library soon. Is this bin type the solution to the problem of where to dispose of unfinished drinks before we bin the container? Let us know what you think below, or post your comments in the Sustainability Team Green Box(check out those googlie eyes!) beside the exhibition.

More information

For more news about this project, please contact the Library’s Environmental Champion, Sam Tyler.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator



Please help keep Library study spaces nice!

Man holds silver plate covered with used chewing gum and stickers

Any of this yours? Sean helped clean gum, stickers and dirt off new Library furniture this summer. Please use waste bins in future to keep new furniture nice!

If you really value the Library’s fantastic study spaces, refurbished with a £4.4 million University investment, 2013-14, please help us keep everything looking good into the future!

In addition to daily cleaning, Library staff put in extra effort this summer to deep clean the refurbished areas. We cleaned the carpets and scrubbed all the tables and chairs. However, after only one or two years of use, we were shocked at how much chewing gum and stickers we found stuck under tables and on cloth seats. We even kept some to show you!

Now it’s your turn. This is your space where you may spend much of your time at Reading. Please respect it and help keep it feeling great for yourself and future students. Please tidy away rubbish into the waste or recycling bins. You can now take drinks throughout the Library, but please keep a lid on them to minimize spills. Do report any spillages or mess at the nearest staffed desk so we can clean up quickly and limit damage. Whilst our Ground and 1st Floors and other Library infrastructure is due for refurbishment next year, 5th to 2nd Floor furniture won’t be replaced anytime soon, so let’s keep it nice for as long as possible.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator