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Glyndwr University top in Wales for waste recycled

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Glyndŵr University is the best university in Wales when it comes to recycling waste, says a new national survey.

The Wrexham institution “recycles, composts or anaerobically digests” nearly 4/5 of its waste, 79.94%, according to the People and Planet University League 2015 – the highest proportion at any Welsh university.

The score ensured the university ranked joint highest in Wales in the table’s overall waste and recycling category, which also takes into account waste mass according to staff and student population.

It also scored a joint high 60% for carbon management, which measures the university’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions in line with UK government targets.

Glyndŵr University moved up seven places in this year’s table to 72 in the UK, scoring a 2.2 classification.

University League is an independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental performance, run by UK student campaigning network People and Planet.

Lynda Powell, director of operations at Glyndŵr University, said: “We are delighted that the university is the best performing in Wales when it comes to recycling waste.

“This is a fantastic achievement and down to the hard work of our environmental team in leading on best practice and the commitment of everyone at Glyndŵr University to become greener.

“The university is constantly working to improve its environmental performance and look forward to making strides up the league table in future years.”

The People & Planet University League is compiled annually by the UK’s largest student campaigning network, People & Planet.

In 2015, the People & Planet University League ranked 151 UK universities – awarding them a First class degree, 2:1, 2:2, Third, or Fail – according to 13 criteria.

These include environmental policy, audit and human resources, and their performance in areas such as carbon reduction; waste and water recycling; student engagement; curriculum for sustainable development; energy efficiency; sustainable food and workers’ rights.

The ranking combines data obtained directly from universities through the Freedom of Information Act with raw estates data obtained from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Any outstanding data is researched through publicly available materials online.

For more information visit http://peopleandplanet.org/university-league

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