Sustainability placement

An insight into two placement student’s time spent working with the environment team on the University’s most recent recycling initiatives.

Recycling is a pressing issue for us all in today’s society and has always been a keen interest of ours. Here at MMU, we have had the opportunity to get involved with the Environment Team and make a difference to our campus community.

We are both second year BSc (Hons) Human Geography students. As part of our course this year, we selected the ‘Vocational Experience’ module in which you work towards securing a four-week placement related to either sustainability or education.

For one month, we are working with the Manchester Metropolitan University Environment Team. We have individual projects that we are working on throughout our placement around the matters of recycling within the university.

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One of our placement projects is around the idea of engagement in recycling. The ‘Ideas into Action’ scheme offers staff the opportunity to propose project ideas, which engage with the sustainability commitments of the university. Dee Vyas brought the idea of a TetraBin to light, designed originally by Steven Bai in Sydney. The TetraBin tackles the issue of littering by encouraging the public to recycle in an interactive and gamified way. Essentially, the deposition of rubbish into a bin is turned into a fun activity using sensors to play Tetris. Manchester Met are looking to collaborate with Steven Bai to develop the idea further and install a TetraBin onto the University campus, the planning of this being the focus of this placement project.

The other project involves a revaluation of current recycling services in our student halls of residence, namely Cavendish, Cambridge, Birley and Booth. At the moment, recycling and general waste is dealt with differently between the locations. The University is looking to improve recycling efficiency within halls, as well as engaging students with University sustainability targets and goals. This will have an impact on the management of halls in the future, creating a more sustainable way of living for students and staff.

Our placements are providing us with the opportunity to apply the knowledge learnt from degree studies to a real working environment. We are improving valuable skills such as IT literacy, communication, teamwork and organization just to name a few. It feels good to be involved with something that will actually make a difference to the university, as well as having a positive impact within the wider community. It is also a great opportunity to get degree relevant work experience on our CV and experience of a real working environment.

If you have a passion for sustainability and are studying or working at Manchester Metropolitan, there are many opportunities to get involved. The ‘Big Impact’ scheme focuses on two areas, ‘Sustainability in Action’ and ‘Sustainable Living’. Many activities run throughout the year around the University, such as Pop Swap, Grow stuff and Carbon literacy training, some of which you can gain Manchester Metropolitan futures points for your contribution. For further information head to http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/bigimpact/ to see how you can have an big impact on the University community.

 

By Katie Foulkes and Helen Filby

 

 

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Sustainability placement

Give it, don’t bin it

What is Give it, don’t bin it?

Give it, don’t bin it is a Manchester Met & city-wide student move out and recycling campaign.

It is all about making sure that unwanted items are donated to our charity partners so then can be reused and repurposed.

The campaign is aimed at students who are leaving their accommodation at the end of the year, but staff are welcome to donate their unwanted items too.

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You make good things happen

We work with our charity partners to raise funds and redistribute food to the people who need it.

Last year an amazing 169 tonnes of items were donated to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which raised a massive £322,000 to help support lifesaving research and treatments. The equivalent of 2000 meals was also donated, which helped local people experiencing food poverty.

What to donate

Clothing, paired shoes, books, CDs & DVDs, clean pots, pans and crockery and small working electrical goods (toasters, hairdryers, radios etc).

Food donations

We are collecting your surplus food to donate to local foodbanks. Please make sure food items are unopened and non-perishable, such as tins, packets and cartons. Donation points are located in Manchester Met Student Living receptions.

GIDBI food

Where are my nearest BHF donation points?

Manchester Campus- All Saints 

  • The Union reception
  • Geoffrey Manton reception
  • Benzie reception
  • Business School reception
  • John Dalton reception
  • All Saints reception
  • All Saints Student Living: external donation point opposite Cavendish entrance, 2 external donation points by Cambridge reception.

Manchester Campus- Birley

  • Brooks Building reception
  • Birley student Living: Vine reception & outside Warde townhouses.

Cheshire Campus

  • Cheshire Student Union reception
  • Booth Student Living reception & outside on the avenue

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Give it, don’t bin it

Upcoming events

This term there are a number of opportunities to engage with sustainability. These all through our sustainability engagement programme Big Impact.

There are opportunities specifically for students; however, the majority are open to all, from staff, students to local community members.

Below you will find opportunities from gardening to swishing.

CARBON LITERACY TRAINING.

Various dates in May & June. Becoming carbon literate is great way to gain knowledge and enhance your employability skills.

CHESHIRE ORCHARD WORKSHOP.

11 May. Join us to help us spruce up the orchard for summer, ready for the apple harvest.

FILM SCREENING JUST EAT IT & DISCUSSION.

26 May. Just Eat It is a documentary exploring the subject of food waste, an issue becoming increasingly important in the UK, as well as in other nations.

ENERGY AWARENESS WORKSHOP.

27 May & 15 June. This session will show you how to save money and reduce energy, making your home more comfortable, affordable and energy efficient.

POP SWAP – CLOTHING & BOOK EXCHANGE.

1 June. Exchange old for new and support local charities through our termly swish.

BAT WALK & SURVEY AT BIRLEY.

1 June. South Lancashire Bat Group will be leading a guided walk around Birley Campus so you can find out about bats (and hopefully hear some!)

ORCHARD MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP.

8 June. We will be harvesting our lovely plums and cherries, pruning, weeding and installing maggot traps.

TRIP TO A LOCAL RECYCLING CENTRE.

9 June. Join us for a visit to a local Recycling Centre to see how the wonderful world of waste works!

ANNUAL CYCLE EVENT 2016.

15 June. Oxford Road Corridor’s annual cycle event hosted by Manchester Met.

GARDEN ACTION AFTERNOON.

16 June. Come along to help us revamp & plant up the garden areas in John Dalton, ready for summer.

ENGAGE WEEK GARDENING SESSION.

12 July. With the guidance of Hulme Community Garden Centre, we will be doing some general maintenance of the John Dalton garden, raised-planters and harvesting some of the edible produce.

Check out all our events over the year at www.mmu.ac.uk/bigimpact/events

 

Upcoming events

Give it, don’t bin it – a student move out collection and recycling campaign

GIDBI logo

What is Give it, don’t bin it?

Give it, don’t bin it is a Manchester Met & city-wide student move out and recycling campaign.

It is all about making sure that your unwanted items are donated to our charity partners, and that you do your bit and help recycle as much of your rubbish as possible.

If you are moving out of accommodation, simply drop your unwanted items at a local donation bank and recycle your waste.

 

You make good things happen

We work with our charity partners to raise funds and redistribute food to the people who need it.

Last year students donated an amazing 169 tonnes of items to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which raised a massive £322,000 to help support lifesaving research and treatments. Students also donated the equivalent of 2000 meals, which helped local people experiencing food poverty.

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What to donate

Clothing, paired shoes, books, CDs & DVDs, clean pots, pans and crockery and small working electrical goods (toasters, hairdryers, radios etc).

 

Duvets

Please take your duvets home with you, or give them to a friend, as we are unable to recycle them.

 

Food donations

We are collecting your surplus food to donate to local foodbanks. Please make sure food items are unopened and non-perishable, such as tins, packets and cartons. Donation points are located in most halls of residence reception areas.

 GIDBI food

Where are my nearest BHF donation points?GIDBI donation

Manchester Campus- All Saints 

  • The Union reception
  • Geoffrey Manton reception
  • Benzie reception
  • Business School reception
  • John Dalton reception
  • All Saints reception
  • All Saints Student Living: external donation point opposite Cavendish entrance, 2 external donation points by Cambridge reception.

Manchester Campus- Birley

  • Brooks Building reception
  • Birley student Living: all laundry rooms, Vine reception & 2 larger donation points outside Warde townhouses.

Cheshire Campus

  • Cheshire Student Union reception
  • Booth Student Living reception & outside on the avenue

 

Remember to recycle!

Did you know that by recycling 1 glass bottle, you will have saved enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes?!

Do your bit and remember to recycle as much of your rubbish as possible before you move out.

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Give it, don’t bin it – a student move out collection and recycling campaign