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22nd September 2009, 1:12pm
Paper recycling scheme to pick up green award
Using recycled paper The University of Lincoln has won a prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice for its innovative approach to waste paper recycling.

The University introduced the yoyo closed loop paper recycling scheme across its campuses in 2008. Under the system, waste paper is collected and recycled into new paper which the University then buys back directly.

It is estimated the initiative is preventing up to 13 million sheets of paper per year from going to landfill. The waste paper can be recycled up to seven times, reducing its CO2 emissions by 72 tonnes per year and removing the need to consume 4,500 trees for paper manufacturing.

The University of Lincoln has now been notified that it is among the winners in this year’s Green Apple Awards in recognition of the yoyo scheme’s success.

It means the University is now in the running to represent the UK at the European Business Awards for the Environment, which will be held in Brussels. The Green Apple Awards are one of the few accredited feeder schemes for this international campaign.  

Staff from the University will travel to the House of Commons later this year to receive their Green Apple Award.

The yoyo closed loop paper recycling scheme is operated by the Robert Horne Group, based in Northampton. The University adopted the system in 2008 - the first educational establishment in Europe to do so.

The initiative was introduced by Susanna Murray, Environmental Sustainability Officer and Alan Blackham, Estates Manager at the University of Lincoln.

Earlier this year the University was shortlisted for a Green Gown Award – a separate awards ceremony organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges – for its paper recycling scheme.

Alan said: “Winning a Green Apple Award, after being shortlisted for the Green Gown Awards earlier in the year, means a tremendous amount to the University and provides much-deserved recognition to the staff who delivered this project.”

Susanna said: “Universities are in a brilliant position to take lead in the drive to reduce carbon emissions, combat global warming and influence future generations to embrace sustainable living and thinking. Implementing yoyo was one of the big steps in the University’s response to environmental concerns and winning the award highlights our efforts on a national scale.”

The Green Apple Awards, which are run by the Green Organisation, an independent, non-political environment group, are now in their sixteenth year and attracted more than 500 nominations this year.

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