As an educational institution Trinity College Dublin has a role in and a responsibility to society to demonstrate and promote sustainable development throughout its activities. The College Sustainability Policy was established in 2008, and updated in 2017, to provide guiding sustainability principles regarding campus management, buildings and services, academic activities and environmental management.
The policy commits to conducting teaching, research, services and administrative operations in a manner that protects and enhances the environment, conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and supports the community and society as a whole. This policy applies across all parts of the College.
Recycling and other methods of diverting waste from landfill or incineration are not only sensible, they are a requirement under College regulations. Everyone on campus is required to dispose of waste in a responsible and legal manner. Procedures are in place and available to all departments and offices to facilitate compliance. All staff and students are required to co-operate and support the College Waste Management and Recycling Policy by:
- reducing the volume of waste produced on campus (don’t buy it if you don’t really need it)
- re-using items, tools, products, where possible, such as office supplies (folders, binders, paperclips, etc.), re-usable coffee mugs, cloths (instead of disposables)
- re-purposing items rather than throwing them out
- segregating waste at source to enable recycling
To assist in raising the level of awareness and compliance it is recommended that heads of buildings, faculty deans, heads of school, and office managers appoint representatives to consult with the service providers, and to advise on waste management procedures.
According to the College General Regulations (page 53, paragraph 33, Calendar 2017-18, Part II), it is an offence to deposit litter or other waste in any location within the College perimeter other than in the designated litter bins or other waste disposal units provided on campus.
It is also an offence to use College waste management or recycling facilities to dispose of personal, domestic waste of any kind - whether recyclable or not. All staff and students are requested to co-operate and support the College Waste Management and Recycling Policy by reducing the volumes of waste produced on campus, re-using products and using the facilities provided to segregate waste at source, to facilitate waste reduction and recycling.
Access to Information on the Environment
Under EU law, every citizen has the right to access information relating to environmental information created by public authorities. The legislation governing Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) is The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007. This gives legal rights to those seeking access to environmental information from public authorities.
You can find out more about how to make an AIE enquiry, what fees apply, and other information here: http://www.epa.ie/about/info/aie/.
For further information on AIE and Trinity, click here: https://www.tcd.ie/info_compliance/environmental/.