Bad and good news in latest waste audit

The IGS Sustainable Futures recently held a waste audit.

Students’ key findings included:
  • The amount of waste we measured increased from our last waste audit in 2020.
    • Volume increased from 1,676L in 2020 to 3,310L in 2022 (98 per cent)
    • Number of items increased from 8,564 in 2020 to 14,520 (70 per cent)
    • Weight decreased from 198kg in 2020 to 180kg in 2022 (-9 per cent)
  • The proportion of waste that we recycled has improved dramatically
    • The amount of waste recycled increased from 19% in 2020 to 5 per cent in 2022
    • The amount of waste to landfill decreased from 81% in 2020 to 50 per cent in 2022
  • We observed more packaging and cleaning products likely due to responses to the pandemic
  • Our strategies to improve our bin system and recycling system have worked.
  • Opportunities for improvement include:
    • Reduce: using less resources with less packaging, particularly plastics
    • Reuse: reusing our resources as much as possible
    • Recycle: improving the sorting of our rubbish so more is recycled
    • Compost: introducing a composting service. 

Congratulations and thanks to all students involved and to our Head of Sustainability Carmelo Fedele.