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LSE a winner in National Recycling Awards

Photograph of the Sustainable LSE team at the National Recycling AwardsLSE has been recognised for its leadership and effectiveness in waste minimisation in the National Recycling Awards 2008.

The School, the only higher education institution to be shortlisted for the awards, was commended by the judging panel of industry experts, who said: '...it's something nobody else had done and the transferability of it is impressive....its a very clever project.'

The LSE project, called Sustainability in Universities - Moving Towards Zero-Waste, was funded by HEFCE's Leadership, Governance and Management Fund.

LSE alongside worked with seven partners to form regional reuse networks, training and volunteer networks at Durham, Newcastle, Exeter, Royal Holloway, Worcester, Birmingham and Central Lancashire universities.

Victoria Hands (pictured in red dress), environmental manager at LSE and project founder said: 'The project results speak for themselves. We diverted 85 tonnes of items from landfill into reuse, saving approximately 650 tonnes of C02 emissions.

'The project makes sense to all concerned and provides mutual benefits to students, staff, reuse organisations and local authorities alike.

'The success of the project is very much due to the efforts and enthusiasm of the project partners who now intend to provide a mentoring service so that all UK Universities can adopt similarly responsible practices and contribute to sustainable development in their local communities.'

The team were presented the award in a ceremony in Telford on Wednesday 12 November.

17 November 2008