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Carbon Trust Standard for Waste

We are delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste for the University which recognises our reduction in waste production year-on-year, and our commitment to manage waste more effectively though increased prevention, reuse or recycling. The Carbon Trust’s mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy and our waste reduction efforts are helping us pave the way towards that goal.

With support from our waste management provider Veolia, the University achieved a 15 per cent reduction in our total waste footprint between July 2017 and August 2020. This helped the University achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste, and our exemplar waste management practices were awarded with a 75 per cent score in the qualitative assessment, compared with the 60 per cent pass mark.

Last academic year the University diverted 68% of all waste produced from being sent for energy recovery as last resort, by continuing to drive waste up the waste hierarchy, ensuring emphasis on waste prevention, reuse and recycling.

The Carbon Trust assessment provides us with independent recognition of the University’s waste reduction, and waste management credentials and recognises the progress Swansea is making in applying effective governance, waste measurement and waste management processes. The certification period runs from 2020 to 2022.

Read more about our waste management efforts on our waste web pages.

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