Over 10,000 new Leafield bins at Cardiff University

The large-scale recycling project will help the university meet Welsh government recycling targets

Leafield Environmental, a leading manufacturer, designer and supplier of plastic recycling bins are proud to have installed over 10,000 recycling bins at Cardiff University in March 2021, aimed at increasing university recycling rates in line with the Welsh government recycling targets of 70% by 2025.

Leafield Environmental were awarded the recycling project by Cardiff University and started to manufacture over 10,000 recycling bins in January 2021, at the start of the third national Covid-19 lockdown. They installed the units by mid-March 2021.

Leafield’s Envirobin Midi recycling bins were installed alongside their AquaPod unit for liquids in academic and administration buildings. Each Envirobin Midi 82-litre unit formed part of a recycling station featuring clear signage and WRAP-compliant, colour-coded labels and lids. Leafield’s EnviroStack stacking bins were installed in halls of residence kitchens, achieving a reduced footprint and flexibility to recycle either 32 or 52 litres of segregated waste, consistent with the bins installed in academic and administration buildings.

The new Envirobank 310-litre unit is the latest new addition to the Envirobank collection and was designed for Cardiff University for their external environments. The 310-litre unit features a dual aperture to collect segregated waste streams in its two 155-litre wheeled bins.

All the new recycling bins installed at Cardiff University are clearly labelled with WRAP-compliant, colour-coded bi-lingual labels to avoid contamination.

The units are extremely durable to withstand all weather conditions and everyday use. The standard unit colour black, is made from 100% recycled material (subject to availability).

What we have acheived through effective partnership working has been phenomenal – Dave Manfield, head of support services, Cardiff University

David Manfield, head of support services at Cardiff University, said: “We are really proud to have implemented such a large-scale recycling project at the university, especially at a time of added complications associated with national lockdown. What we have achieved through effective partnership working has been phenomenal. Leafield have been fantastic to work with to launch a range of bins that were suitable for our academic and administration buildings, halls of residence and external environments. With funding via the Welsh government’s ‘Circular Economy’ grant scheme, it was important for us to achieve consistency across all settings to assist us in achieving our waste and recycling KPIs (aligned with Welsh government targets) of 70% recycling by 2025 and reducing waste sent for ERF/RDF to no more than 30%.”

Vince Wright, sales manager at Leafield Environmental, said: “Working with Cardiff University has been incredible; we managed to manufacture in-house over 10,000 bins and installed them within two months during the third national lockdown. Our recycling bins have given Cardiff University a robust solution that is consistent across the university.”

David Manfield concluded: “Despite the pandemic challenges, we managed to get stakeholders across the university involved in this recycling project which has really helped with the implementation. Feedback is incredibly positive and initial indications suggest the increase in recycling rate we were hoping for in every setting. Our students and staff are keen to recycle and support us is achieving our challenging environmental sustainability ambitions.”

For more information, call Leafield Environmental on 01225 816541, email recycle@leafieldenv.com or visit www.leafieldrecycle.com

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