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“WE’RE TRYING TO EMBRACE THE IDEA OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY WHERE YOU SAY THE WASTE FROM ONE SYSTEM IS REALLY JUST THE FOOD OF ANOTHER.”

THE FREE STORE IN THE SUMMER TIME. THIS YEAR THEY WERE ABLE TO DIVERT 22 TONNES OF DONATIONS.

hospital. No-one ever considers that real waste because it basically needs to be incinerated. So we throw all these extra things which aren’t traditionally considered waste

into our numbers, and this year we finally capped 60% for the first time.” This substantial figure has very real economic benefits for the university. “To

play devil’s advocate, we had an internal group check how much money we’d save if we didn’t recycle,” says Mr. Rausseo. “What we found, contrary to what we expected, was that because we recycle and divert stuff, we’re actually saving ourselves over a million dollars a year. We commissioned two external groups to check that, because we couldn’t believe it, and they came up with the same result. Initiatives like our furniture reuse program end up saving us a fortune. By reusing furniture rather than throwing it out, and by scavenging components and parts from old equipment, we save the university $800,000 a year at a cost of $150,000 a year. Everyone seems to think if you recycle it’s more expensive. But it’s not true – not even by a long shot.” SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS Since 2014, the university has been meticulously going through their buildings, assessing the efficiency of the systems, and installing new technology. One building, which hadn’t been looked at since the 1970s, reduced its energy consumption by almost SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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