Reduce Waste Week
Reduce Waste Week 2018 was an awareness campaign led by the King’s Sustainability Team on the importance of reducing the amount of waste we all produce in our day to day lives. The primary objective was to help everyone at King’s understand the importance and challenges of reducing waste, and to promote recycling and re-use behaviours.
Sustainability is one of the enabling foundations of King’s Strategic Vision 2029, and King’s has a target to recycle 70% of waste by 2020.
We ran two challenges during Reduce Waste Week:
Find A Fountain
Zero waste challenge: Thursday, 17th May
Win prizes for finding our water fountains!
65% of us wouldn't buy bottled water if tap water refills were freely available. Free water fountains are available across King's campuses, and during Reduce Waste Week we challenge you to #findafountain.
How does it work?
Just find five water fountains on campus, take a photo refilling your water bottle, and post it on Twitter or Instagram using #findafountain - don't forget to tag us so we can see your post! (Twitter: @KCLSustainable Instagram: kings_sustainability)
What's in it for me?
Everyone who submits photos of five water fountains on campus to us is in for a chance to win a prize.
Why does it matter?
The UK uses over 35 million bottles every single day, but only 57% are recycled. The average adult in the UK uses 150 single use plastic water bottles every single year. Many of these find their way into our rivers and the ocean, where they break down into microplastics. Plastic is a hazard for marine creatures, as they can get entangled in plastic debris, or mistake plastic for food. Eventually, plastic can make its way back into the human food chain.
Are you up to the challenge of going zero-waste for a whole day? Pledge to take part in our zero-waste challenge, and see by how much you can reduce the waste you produce every day.
You can pledge your support here.