League of Extraordinary Recyclers!

Minghella is still holding on to the top spot with an impressive rate of 68% of their waste being recycled!  Greenlands and TOB2 have moved into 2nd and 3rd and Whiteknights House just piped to the post by TOB2 by 1%!    Not bad for this time of year but we really need to be recycling more across the board, these figures are all based on weight – so make sure that you check out the website for what can and can’t be recycled, print off the posters to display next to bins and ensure that everyone knows where their nearest recycling bin is.  If you don’t have one – let us know! waste@reading.ac.uk

Recycling League Table
Recycling League Table


Full Results – Recycling League Table – Nov

1st Minghella 68%

2nd Greenlands 56%

3rd TOB2 49%


Major energy efficiency works begin

Two major upgrades beginning this week are expected to reduce our carbon footprint by 450 tCO2 and save £115,000 annually.  Fume cupboard ventilation systems in Chemistry are being overhauled, along with lighting improvements in a number of buildings for the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES).

Fume cupboards

Fume cupboards perform an essential role in protecting users from exposure to hazardous substances during experiments.  However, they are also very energy hungry, using electricity to run their ventilation systems, and adding to heating bills because they extract heated air from the laboratories.  Installing more intelligent controls, and separately ventilating chemical storage cupboards, is expected to cut the energy bill for 2 large teaching labs in Chemistry by around 70%.

Fume Cupboard Fans Photo









Figure 1 – new high-efficiency fans for Chemistry fume cupboard ventilation system

SAGES Lighting

Meanwhile, work begins this week on lighting upgrades in a number of SAGES buildings.  This is part of a wider project to provide new facilities in the Russell Building, Allen Lab and Wager Building and will see a combination of new, efficient lights and intelligent sensors slashing energy costs and consumption.


Very good paybacks of around 3.5 years are expected for these works, with funding coming from a combination of government-backed 0% loans and internal capital funding.  These are the latest projects in our efforts to cut our carbon emissions by 35% by 2016.  Details of some of the many other initiatives can be found at http://www.reading.ac.uk/cleanandgreen/energy