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Waste Expert gets top marks from the University of Kent

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Founded in 1965 the University of Kent has two main campus locations – Canterbury and Medway. In 2014 the university was ranked 80 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in Top 100 Universities Under 50 Years. It has 20,000 students and generates an income of £200m per annum. It produces approximately 2,000 tonnes of waste annually.

University of Kent sign

The opportunity

  • Wide variety of waste streams produced across the estate makes compliance management challenging and resource intensive.
  • Increasing costs of waste management for the University through waste contractors.
  • A requirement  for more robust contract monitoring procedures
  • A need for a formalised waste strategy and policy.

Our Solution

We worked closely with the University using Waste Expert to:

  • Develop a legal register of all the waste management related legislation impacting the University.
  • Produce a robust policy and strategy.
  • Guide the University through a new waste management contract procurement process.
  • Trained Key University and Contractor staff.

Benefits

  • Significant leap forward in terms of meeting waste targets with a 26% reduction in waste produced per annum and 60% waste recycled with zero waste being sent directly to landfill.
  • 84% reduction in carbon footprint from waste management activities
  • Robust compliance system implemented.
  • >40% cost savings on previous year spend.
  • Staff have CIWM accredited training and improved knowledge.
  • 75% Consultancy spend saving through using tool.

“We've been working with Cloud Sustainability for over a year now and have found its approach to business very refreshing.  We were impressed by the company's experience and track record in the public sector and the drive to understand our key operational and sustainability drivers. We currently use Waste Expert as an integral component of our resource and waste management strategy.  Waste Expert has helped us to educate our staff in the core principles of waste management and is a highly visual way for us to monitor our performance against the waste hierarchy and control our expenditure in line with targets.”

Juliet Thomas, Assistant Director of Estates: Facilities Management, University of Kent

“Since using Waste Expert and working with Cloud Sustainability we have improved in all aspects of our approach to waste generation and resource management.  Their products and services are excellent value for money and I'd certainly recommend them to other organisations.”

Juliet Thomas, Assistant Director of Estates: Facilities Management, University of Kent

 

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