College Recycling Facilities
Reduction of waste and reuse of materials are the first steps that must be taken to ensure a sound environmental policy, recycling is the last stage in the waste management process after these first two guidelines have been followed. For information specific to residents of Trinity College, please click on the following link http://www.tcd.ie/GreenPages/residences.php.
There are currently facilities available in College for recycling of the following materials:
- Office Paper
- Newspaper & Magazines
- Beverage cans
- Electronic equipment
- Toners & Ink catridges
- Mobile phones
A map showing the locations of recycling facilities in College can be found at: http://www.tcd.ie/GreenPages/Images/RecyclingMap.pdf.
Pictures of the bins themseleves are available at http://www.tcd.ie/GreenPages/bins.php
Office waste paper can be recycled via the recycling scheme currently in operation in many offices throughout College. Most forms of office paper are suitable for recycling in this fashion including photocopy paper, letter head stationery, plain envelopes, coloured paper, notepads, fax paper and shredded paper. Each office participating in the scheme is supplied with:
- Desk trays: to be place on individual desks for storing the paper, these also list which types of paper are suitable for recycling
- Landing bins: the desk trays are emptied into these when full
The bags in the landing bins are then disposed of into the Ipodec wheelie bins which are marked for office waste paper only and are locked to prevent contanimation by any other waste. Office paper must be placed in clear, tied, plastic bags before being put in these bins, one supplier of these bags is Hawkridge Industries Limited, tel: (01)8901736. These bins are emptied on a regular basis by Ipodec, the paper is transported in a locked van to the recycling facility where the paper is shredded and processed under secure conditions.
There are wheelie bins available for disposal of newspapers and glossy magazines. These bins are easily recognisable by their prominent orange slot, their locations can be seen on the Recycling map.
Cardboard should be folded and flattened and left beside any wheelie bin in College for collection before 12.00 noon Monday-Friday. All non-recyclable packaging that is not collected by the original suppliers should be placed in the bins for general waste.
Locations of facilities for recycling glass bottles & jars can be viewed on the Recycling map.
Locations of facilities for recycling beverage cans can be viewed on the Recycling map, please ensure that cans are washed and crushed before placing them in the bins to reduce odours and to increase the number of cans that can be placed in each bin.
Many suppliers will now take away their own packaging for recycling after delivery of products, this should, where possible, be a condition of purchase. It is worth checking this with the supplier at time of ordering.
All of the designated College computer suppliers are obliged to take away their packaging. This can be arranged by calling their customer services department when the packaging is ready for collection and arranging for it to be picked up.