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LSE wins national recycling award for Zero Waste project

The LSE has won a national award for its 'complete and comprehensive approach' to recycling.

The school picked up the Public Sector Recycling Achievement Award at the National Recycling Awards 2009 at the Hilton hotel in Park Lane on Tuesday.

Photograph of the Sustainable LSE team winning a National Recycling AwardJudges at the ceremony praised the LSE's Zero Waste project which they said 'thought of everything'.

Chantal Beaudoin, Environmental Compliance and Sustainable Waste Officer, said: 'We're delighted to have won this award. It shows how partnerships and collaboration can bring great results.'

In the past year the New Academic Building (NAB) alone has recycled 128 tonnes of waste with a further 36 tonnes turned into energy, saving more than 1100 trees and 71 tonnes of CO2.

Among the measures introduced in the NAB are food composting services in catering and communal areas, an increase in the types of recyclables accepted in the 'mixed recyclables' bins such as coated paper and all types of plastic, and the Bin-the-Bin system which provides communal recycling stations and gets rid of individual bins. The recycling rate in June was 76 per cent, which climbed to 88 per cent last month.

The school's aspiration is 'zero waste' which means reducing consumption, maximising reuse and recycling materials, with nothing sent to landfill sites.

Chantal said : 'The next step towards zero waste will be focusing on reduction and will target our purchasing, working with our major suppliers to design out waste - a major culture and value shift.'

Dr Victoria Hands, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, praised the many LSE staff, students and local charities who had contributed to the success of the recycling activities.

On campus 46 tonnes of furniture has been reused by local community groups, while the main cafeteria has composted more than 4.5 tonnes of organic waste.

The halls of residence have also been doing their part, with the Rosebery Hall food composting program diverting 21 tonnes from landfill.

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The LSE zero waste successes were made possible by the participation of the New Academic Building users, ISS cleaning services, London Recycling, LSE Catering, LSE Estates and Stores, OFFERS EX-IT, CRISP, Rosebery Hall staff and students, London Borough of Islington, London Borough of Southwark, LSE residences staff and students, Ocean cleaning services, TRAID and LSE staff and student Sustainability Champions.

30 October 2009

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