University leads the way in new recycling scheme


Lincoln is the first university to use a new innovative recycling scheme which will reduce its environmental impact by preventing around 13 million sheets of paper going into landfill sites each year.


The new method of recycling, introduced in partnership with the Robert Horne Group, extends the ‘life’ of office paper by up to six times. The system has been piloted by the University and its success has been promoted by the Robert Horne Group as part of its nationwide launch of the scheme.


Susanna Murray, the University’s Environmental Sustainability Officer, said: “Less than 50 per cent of the UK’s office paper waste is currently recycled. In December 2006 the University opted to use an 80 per cent recycled paper produced from UK waste.

“The Robert Horne Group has now developed an even more environmental office paper management system where our own paper waste is recycled into the new paper we use. This is another big step towards the University’s response to environmental concerns and to minimise waste going to landfill.”


Estates Services Manager, Alan Blackham, the founder and administrator of the University’s recycling initiatives, added: “This is the third phase of the University’s recycling initiative, which began in 2006. Collection bins have been installed in all office areas so that all staff can deposit their waste paper and the company also provides us with a drop-off service for confidential and non-confidential waste alongside the recycling scheme.”


Divisional Director of the Robert Horne Group, Tim Forster, said: “We believe that we are offering a globally unique service, and are delighted that the University has become an early adopter.”


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