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Green Raisin Competition Huge Success

The Environment Team have partnered with outdoor adventure group Blown Away Experiences, to deliver a hugely successful Green Raisin Competition, which seeks to promote and reward environmentally-friendly behaviour amongst students. Modern ‘raisin receipts’ have made a departure from traditional Latin parchment once given to academic children and have since gained a reputation for being oversized,…

28 October 2015Raisin Monday Uncategorized Waste and reuse

Green Events not to miss this Freshers’ Week

Here are the highlights for all things sustainability-related in St Andrews during Freshers’ Week – don’t miss out! Monday The Big Green Fair (St Katherine’s Lawn behind Library, 11am-3pm) is an outdoor festival celebrating the environment, with live music and great local food. Find out more about what our eco-friendly societies are up to this…

4 September 2015Bicycles Biodiversity Education Electric Vehicles Energy Environment Team Freshers Week Uncategorized

End of term – what happens to all our “stuff”?

You’ve finished your exams, packed your bags, donated your unwanted items, and you’re ready to leave St Andrews for the summer…but what happens to all the “stuff” students donate? Household items From pots and pans to coathangers, stationery, and a wide variety of miscellaneous household goods, St AndRe-Use volunteers collect all these items from hall…

19 May 2015End of Term Environment Team Green Events

Waste Hierarchy – “The 6 R’s”

Everyone knows that it’s a good idea to recycle, but did you know that recycling actually falls quite far down on the order of preference for managing waste? This order of preference is commonly known as the waste hierarchy, as shown in the diagram below. This diagram clearly shows the different options for waste management…

14 January 2015Waste and reuse

How to Cut Your Christmas Waste

The holiday season is time for celebration, but these days it is often also a time of excess, with more and more food, presents, and decorations being bought every year. It is estimated that each person throws away an extra 50kg of waste at Christmas time, so we’ve come up with some tips on how…

10 December 2014Energy Waste and reuse Winter Holidays

3 Simple Tips for a Happy Hallogreen!

  Excuse the awful pun… With Halloween just a few short days away, The Environment Team have come up with a few simple tips to help you become sustainably spooky… 1. Costumes – vintage, reused, DIY – oh my! Instead of buying expensive pre-made costumes, see what you can put together from items you already…

29 October 2014Environment Team Waste and reuse

Carrier Bag Charge (Scotland) – What’s It All About?

Have you spotted posters like this one popping up in shops? The adorable elephant is named Ernie, and he’s helping spread the word about the single use carrier bag charge coming into force in Scotland from 20th October. This means that no matter whether you’re shopping for groceries, clothes, books, toiletries, or any other item,…

15 October 2014Waste and reuse

Get Ready for the End of Term

Donate, sell, recycle… For all those students out there with the May Dip just past and exams around the corner, it’s time to start preparing for the End of Term mayhem. It’s not always easy or feasible to bring all you belongings with you when you leave for the summer. That’s why we’ve come up…

2 May 2014End of Term Waste and reuse

Holiday Waste

Over the holidays everyone likes to have a good celebration. Unfortunately, with all that extra eating, drinking and present-buying, this tends to lead to a lot of rubbish, we produce over 3 million tonnes of waste over the festive season. This includes 1 billion greeting cards, 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper, 750 million extra…

6 December 2013Waste and reuse Winter Holidays

University Donates 2 Tonnes of Items for Container to Namibia

Staff across the University of St Andrews have donated educational resources for schools in Namibia, to help children in need. Earlier this month, the Environment Team coordinated efforts to collect items for a container that was arranged by Madras College as part of their Namibia Teaching Program. Around 30 students from Madras are travelling Namibia…

11 May 2012Environment Team Green Events Waste and reuse