Waste not, want not

Pictured, from left, beside a picnic bench made from recycled plastic are, Debbie Temple, site services manager at Cranfield University; Steve Watson, environmental manager at Cranfield University; and Steve Alan Colledge, technical manager, Cawleys.
Pictured, from left, beside a picnic bench made from recycled plastic are, Debbie Temple, site services manager at Cranfield University; Steve Watson, environmental manager at Cranfield University; and Steve Alan Colledge, technical manager, Cawleys.

CRANFIELD University has renewed its waste management contract with Luton-based Cawleys until at least 2014.

The university is known for its postgraduate courses in science, technology, engineering and management and has a unified approach to waste management contracts.

Cranfield and Cawleys have had a close working relationship since 2007.

Cranfield environmental manager, Steve Watson said managing waste responsibly is ‘very important’ to the university.

He added: “We are constantly striving to improve our recycling rates and to reduce waste to landfill via specialist treatments such as anaerobic digestion. Cawleys made their mark on the procurement team by showing an ability to deal with both standard waste issues and specialist hazardous materials generated by specialist research projects at the University.

“Also important to us, Cawleys showed a clear ability to provide reactive support on rare occasions for emergencies such as liquid spills.”

Tim Croxford, contracts manager for Cawleys said Cranfied’s approach demonstrates best practice for the higher education sector. He said: “Cranfield’s `universal’ contract approach to waste management is unusual in the HE sector, as is the concept of the mini civic-amenity-style facility which we have developed for them on campus. Central segregation on site, supervised by a permanent member of Cawleys staff based at Cranfield, means that the University achieves excellent recycling rates and that responsible waste management is front of mind.

“We are delighted that we’ll be working with Cranfield for the next few years and we’re determined to help them meet even tougher waste reduction targets.”