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Plastic waste reduction

09 Mar 2018

Waste reduction week

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Did you know: With the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge over 80 million plastic bags are no longer being used in the UK, resulting in an 85% reduction of plastic bag usage. 

This week we are challenging staff and students to reduce waste. Today is aimed at looking at how you can reduce the amount of plastics you use. 

Currently the amount of waste that the University produces is increasing, whilst at the same time the level of recycling is reducing (currently only 30% of our overall waste produced end up as recycling). Major waste issues have recently been covered in the media, including single use plastics that end up in the ocean, disposable single use paper cups or excessive amounts of food waste and we need your help to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

We will also be running a competition during March, we will be giving away an Eco Mug to the best pictures uploaded to social media showing how individuals are reducing their waste. Make sure you use the hashtag #UoMreduceweek

How to enter: 

Submit your pictures on any of the UoM Sustainability social media channels such as: and use our hashtag #UoMreduceweek or use our tag @uomsust  and hashtag #UoMreduceweek 

For more information on how to reduce plastic use visit: