Simple steps to become more eco-friendly

Environmental Awareness Week marks the opportunity to reduce our impact on the Earth

It’s Environmental Awareness Week at Grantham College, so we’re encouraging both staff and students to take a step back and think about their impact on the planet. 

The college throws out a huge amount of waste every single day, and not all of this is recycled. In addition, we can be more aware about what we throw away to save money – we spent more than £1000 on waste disposal in January alone! 

To help you throughout the week, you can make small changes that might make a big difference. Here’s a few suggestions to help!

 

Walk or cycle where possible – do you need to drive?

That is the question a lot of people should be asking themselves as Summer approaches. Petrol costs are always rising and driving isn’t great for the environment, but the warmer weather presents a great opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise!

Check what can be recycled

All around college you will find bins come in pairs – one for general waste, and another for recycling. On almost everything you throw away you will find symbols which help you determine what is suitable for recycling and what isn’t. 

It costs the college more if rubbish isn’t sorted correctly, so remember to double check what you throw away. After all, this money could be reinvested to support students! 

Turn electronics off after use

We all use computers, phones and TVs in our everyday lives. Of course, we aren’t suggesting that you shouldn’t get rid of these completely, but simple actions like turning off lights when they aren’t needed will shave money of the energy bill. Getting into good habits may be beneficial in the long run.

Ensure the heating is off

We can all agree that now the temperature is rising we don’t need radiators and heating anymore. Not for a few months, anyway!

All jokes aside, many appliances are left on throughout the day after being turned on in the morning. This causes the energy bill to skyrocket unnecessarily, again meaning less money can be reinvested into the college.