Recycle Week 25 September – 1 October

Recycle Week takes place from Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October across the country. The theme for this year is ‘Recycling – it’s worth it’. The campaign aims to promote the benefits of recycling and encourage people to recycle more everyday items, bust some myths and show benefits of recycling.

Manchester Met has a target to reuse or recycle 60% of all our waste by 2020, currently we have achieved 46.3% (2015-16). Following a refresh of our waste and recycling labels and instructions, we are keen to encourage staff and students to recycle right, avoid unnecessary contamination and increase the amount we recycle on campus.

With your help, we can reach 60% and contribute to the UK’s overall target of 50% by 2020. Remind yourself about what we can recycle on campus & download a poster to display in your area here.

During Recycling Week we will be out rewarding positive recycling behaviours with small gift on behalf of the university, keep a look out for our student ambassadors on campus!

thanks voucher

If you have questions or comments about recycling at the university please direct them to

Recycle Week 25 September – 1 October


Over the past week, you may have noticed the look of our bins changing – you should notice new labeling and instructions on individual bins. This is to make it easier for you to recycle on campus, reduce contamination and help us reach our target of 60% reuse or recycling of all waste by 2020. Currently 46.3% of our waste is reused or recycled.

Following a period of research that involved surveying staff and students, we found some were still unclear about what could be recycled at Manchester Met.  In addition, instructions on display were out of date or had disappeared. The refresh was needed to reduce contamination and boost recycling.

Main change to be aware of on campus:

  1. Non-Recyclable Waste – this has changed from ‘General Waste’ we wanted to make it clearer exactly what this is. Waste that cannot be recycled and will end up in incineration!
  2. Glass – there is a move within the industry to separate glass from other recyclable materials. We will now be collecting the small amount of glass we produce on campus in separate glass bins, which will be rolled out over the coming weeks. These will be located in or near the entrances of all buildings – please dispose of glass items on your way out of the building.
  3. Food – after successful trials in Brooks & the Business School we are now rolling out Food Recycling to staff areas in all buildings. A food caddie will soon appear, all you need to do is put ALL food waste in it and this will be collected by Facilities. Food waste is sent to produce BioGas and Fertiliser.

paper and cardboard

Over the coming weeks we will be conducting a number of activities to build awareness of recycling at Manchester Met and will be around campus talking to staff and students about recycling right on campus.

Still unsure about what you can recycle on campus? Remind yourself here.

If you have any questions or comments regarding recycling at Manchester Met, please direct them to





The Travel Team is pleased to confirm the Cycle2work scheme will be available again from the 11 September – 23 October.

The Cycle2work scheme enables University employees to make savings of up to 42%* on a brand new bike and safety accessories for cycling to work by purchasing the bike tax-free.

In addition, Manchester Met has agreed a further 5% discount on the cost of bicycles purchased from any Halfords store or online shop, and a wide selection of independent retailers. Colleagues will also benefit from a 20% discount on cycle accessories for the life of the hire agreement.

How it works at Manchester Met:

Colleagues can sign-up for the scheme from 11 September – 23 October.

The Cycle2work scheme will allow colleagues to purchase bicycles and accessories to the value of £1,000, where the cost of the bike is recovered out of your gross salary.

Bicycles can be purchased directly from Halfords or from a wide selection of independent cycle retailers across Manchester and Cheshire. There is also a Cycle Republic Store located on London Road in Manchester City Centre where Letters of Collection can be redeemed.

How do I sign up?

Halfords administer the Cycle2work application process and details can be accessed by contacting Halfords directly.

To sign-up, visit and register with the employer code: MMUC2W

Please identify your chosen bike/accessories prior to submitting an application to determine the correct value of your Letter of Collection.

Find out more

Everything you will need to know is published on the Halfords website, but in the event you are unable find the information, please contact the dedicated helpline (0345 504 6444) or the Manchester Met Travel Team:

Web: (including guidance on the step by step process)


Tel: 0161 247 2989

*Savings as a result of Tax and National Insurance benefits when an employee hires a bike and safety accessories through the cycle2work scheme. Savings dependent upon circumstances of the employer and those of the employee. 42% saving can be made when any LoC is selected assuming the employer funds the scheme. Assumes 40% Tax Rate and 2% NIC Rate.


Go Go Green Week 2018

We are excited to be hosting a week full of student climate action!

Go Green Week is happening from the 12 Feb until the 18 Feb 2018 not only at Manchester Met, but across the country.  We’ll be showing documentaries and films followed by discussions, running Carbon Literacy sessions, hosting learn to ride, road ready and bicycle maintenance taster sessions, working with students to conduct BIG waste audits, and hopefully inviting awe inspiring guest speakers to Manchester Met!

Students Get Involved! 

Go Green Week isn’t just about the University showing it is serious about climate change, the environment and social justice. It is also a great opportunity for our students to get involved. Talk to us if you are interested in laying on an event or workshop as part of Go Green Week.

There is help from the Environment team, and the wider university to do this- perhaps some funding, or just some general advice about how to run and promote an event, or maybe just discussing issues that matter to you with your peers.

Get in touch with us- or tweet @mmuenvironment

The Line-up

The full line up of events will be released towards the end of the year, keep an eye-out and register for our monthly ‘Let’s make a sustainable planet’ news feed- where we will announce the Go Green line-up. Go to our Manchester Met Environment homepage , and you will be able to sign-up to out monthly news feed.

Visit People and Planet’s website to find out more about who they are, what they do, and how you can make change happen.

Go Go Green Week 2018

Free Electric Cargo Bike Loan Scheme for staff

Let an electric cargo bike take the load.

You or your team can borrow one for free to use around Manchester!

Electric Bike Triangulum

There are so many benefits of using electric bikes for travel or transporting items:

  • Travel quickly with your tools/equipment/packages on board.
  • Carry up to 250kg load.
  • Park easily with no restrictions.
  • Beat traffic congestion.
  • Help improve air quality in central Manchester.

Supported by Triangulum, the European Union funded sustainability project, Manchester Bike Hire has electric assist cargo bikes available for short-term hire, free-of-charge to organisations, universities and businesses in and around the Oxford Road corridor (this includes Manchester Met).

Book your free electric cargo bike demonstration now to have the opportunity to try out different designs and sizes to suit you and your operational needs.

Cargo bike induction and familiarisation provided.

For more details, please contact Manchester Bike Hire:

T: 0161 769 5050 E:


Free Electric Cargo Bike Loan Scheme for staff

Staff Team Building Opportunity at Birley Campus Woodland

Woodland Workshop

The Environment Team are working with Hulme Community Garden Centre over the summer to deliver Woodland Workshops at Birley Campus.

The Community Woodland at Birley is an area for everyone to relax and reconnect with nature, whilst creating a sanctuary for wildlife, an area for urban foraging as well as an educational resource.

Staff are invited to get involved with the woodland this summer as a team building activity.

Each workshop lasts for two hours (1.30pm to 3.30pm) and will include aspects of plant identification, urban foraging and planting.

These activities are suitable for everyone and provide excellent and varied opportunities for socialising and bonding whilst enjoying the outdoors, discovering nature and learning new skills on campus.

At the end of each session, your team will receive a certificate and a packet of seeds for each participant.

The dates over summer are:

  • 5 July
  • 6 August
  • 23 August
  • 6 September

If you are interested in reserving a date for your team, or you want to find out more, please email

Staff Team Building Opportunity at Birley Campus Woodland

Getting local school children interested in sustainability!

As part of Widening Participation’s Primary Festival 2017, The Environment Team and MetMUnch delivered three activities to over ninety local Primary School children last week at Birley Campus.

Healthy Herbs Workshop

MetMUnch volunteers ran three exciting nutritional workshops that introduced children to the herbs that are growing at Birley Campus, such as lavender, rosemary, chives and fennel.

The workshops enabled the children to explore different uses of herbs in a creative, fun and educational fashion, from eating to relaxation. They also contained key nutritional messages around fruit and vegetables consumption, with added information about usage and preservation of freshly harvested herbs from Birley Campus.

The children all went home with a fresh bag of Manchester Met herbs to experiment with their families.


Pond Dipping & Herb and Mini-beast Identification

The Environment Team employed and trained sixteen student ambassadors from across the university to deliver twelve pond dipping and herb and mini-beast identification sessions to the local schoolchildren. The student ambassadors were able to gain skills in outdoor and environmental education, as well as enhance their experience working with primary school children.

Birley Campus has a wetland area and an herb garden, which are both full of ladybirds, bees, snails, water boatmen, bloodworms and many other creatures. The children had a great time out of the classroom, learning about nature, life-cycles and mini-beasts.

You can see some photos from the week below:

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Getting local school children interested in sustainability!