Over her past year here at the University of Lincoln Students' Union, your Vice President Welfare and Community, Grace Corn, has been working hard to improve recycling facilities in university accommodation. Today is her last day in office and she has a parting message for you.
"This year the other Student Leaders and I have been working hard to bring your opinions on environmental issues to the forefront, because we know how important it is for all of us to do our bit in creating a more sustainable future. One thing which has been repeatedly fed back to us is that there is little or no recycling provision in a number of University accommodations.
"I have been working to represent students' feedback to the relevant stakeholders. Rationale for the lack of recycling provision in University accommodation included high costs, and that the Council would not collect from student accommodation as they did not think that students wanted/knew how to properly recycle. I wanted to prove the latter wrong.
"Earlier this semester, working alongside Viking House Hall Reps, I conducted a survey of residents in Viking House. The survey explored attitudes and views towards provision of refuse and recycling services in Lincoln, with a particular focus on Viking House and University-owned/managed accommodation. Over one third of the population of residents in Viking House contributed to the survey and qualitative comments are provided below to provide a view of attitudes and opinions of the provision (or lack thereof) of recycling services."
"We have been brought up in a society knowing how important and how harmful the impact we have on the environment can be, and we are keen to do what we can."
"I've been doing it since I was young... I'm just accustomed to it."
"It is so important for the environment to be able to recycle, this is not even an option at my university accommodation and this is a genuine issue."
"I think students nowadays are more environmentally conscious and most would utilise green and blue bins if we had them."
"Again, it is not only good for the environment but for those who don't know how to recycle - this is a great learning point. As soon as we move out of university accommodation, we will have to recycle. It makes no sense to not do it."
"We shared these results with the University's Estates team who were very appreciative of this data, and have been incredibly supportive of our aim to increase accessible recycling provision in university accommodation. Thanks to the collaboration of Estates and Accommodation Services, the University has agreed to work towards the following:
- Recycling facilities in all of the Courts for September
- Valentine Court and 179 High St will have recycling facilities
- Cygnet Wharf now have recycling bins labelled in all kitchens
- Students can also collect clear plastic bags for recycling from the Accommodation Services reception in Cygnet Wharf, free of charge. This arrangement will continue next year.
"Reportedly, Viking House is more difficult to tackle as the waste is currently managed through 'One the Brayford', who uses the Council for collections and does not have the capacity for recycling collections.
"Working with the University, we plan to keep pushing this issue and see if we can work with the Council to provide recycling collections for student accommodation. I am going to make sure that this project is passed over to Emma, the incoming Vice President Welfare and Community.
"I want to say a big thank you to the University Estates and Accommodation for working with us on this important issue, and for their continued work to give students the opportunity to recycle their waste whilst at university. I hope that this is just the beginning."
If you have any opinions on this issue, please don't hesitate to contact [email protected]