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Inverness College


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Waste Management

Inverness College was granted University status two years ago and is currently getting ready to move to a brand new campus in September 2015. With around 800 employees spreading across their 3 campuses, it was important for the college to make sure they were keeping up with new legislation while promoting recycling to its employees and students.


What was the Inverness College looking for?

Inverness College was granted University status two years ago and is currently getting ready to move to a brand new campus in September 2015. With around 800 employees spreading across their 3 campuses, it was important for the college to make sure they were keeping up with new legislation while promoting recycling to its employees and students.

The college was lacking a management system for their waste and didn’t have a recycling system in place. This meant everything was treated as general waste and sent to landfill. Waste was also littering their site due to birds attacking their bins; this in turn was not conveying a positive image on the college. Due to their imminent move there was a lot of media attention on the college and they were keen to get their recycling system up and running.


How did we help?

The Mitie and Inverness College partnership is one that allows the College to take the lead and implement their new system in their own way. As their partner, we are always on hand to offer any assistance that may be needed.
Due to the diverse nature of the waste produced at the college, many different waste streams are created, these include, cans, plastic, paper, cardboard, metal and food waste, with additions of sawdust and wood bins.
To start with, we carried out an initial audit on the site to identify these waste streams and ensure they had the correct number and type of bins.
Lead by Jamie Hookham the College’s Facilities Co-ordinator the ‘desktop recycler’ was also implemented into all lecture rooms and offices. This enabled employees to be in charge of their own recycling by filling their recycler with their waste and then when full recycling it into its differing streams.
The college took control in leading retraining programmes for their employees in the new system and giving them a chance to answer any questions they may have.


The results

When it came to legislation Mitie and the College have been able to make great progress, with their recycling system compliant with both 2014 and 2016 legislation. Both the Longman campus and the Forestry campus have a recycling rate of above 70%.
Overall, the college has made a saving of 14% on their waste costs.
Mitie intend to help Inverness College start to use their waste as a resource and continue to develop their recycling programme ready for their brand new campus.


Inverness College Building

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