Content Last Reviewed 31st August 2016

Teddy hall has taken strides in working toward being an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient college. The two ideals go hand-in-hand and moreover, by helping the college reduced costs, you help college put more funds toward travel grants, MCR assets and financing college improvements.
As the adage goes, “Every little bit helps” and everyone can play their part.

Ryan Daniels (the VP) is the current Ethics and Environmental Rep until a new volunteer steps forward for 2016-2017. If you are interested in the position please contact the current committee.

 

Water


Thames water recommends 4-6 minutes per shower and college has provided little hourglass timers in the showers to help you keep track of how long you’ve been in.
While there is no denying that it rains a lot in Oxford, college still pays for water usage, both water and the cost of heating. With several hundred students it isn’t too hard to see how the cost can grow if everyone spends 20 minutes in the shower. One minute costs about 10 litres of water!

 

Recycling


Waste disposal is charged by the kilo so separating recycling from garbage helps college cut costs and contribute to running sustainably.

Every bedroom in college is supplied with two bins, typically one blue bin for recycling and one other bin for regular waste.

The MCR, MCR computer room, NSE common room and NSE gym also has two sets of bins; large bins clearly marked for recycling and smaller bins for general waste.

As long as you keep your recyclables separate from general waste, the scouts will do the same when they clear your room.

Here is a quick guide as to what is and isn’t recyclable:

We know it gets confusing, unfortunately sometimes things are recyclable in some places but not others, so I’ve provided some guidelines for Oxford.

  • Food is never recyclable; if it’s bad, toss it in the garbage.
  • If it’s badly soiled with food or dirt, either rinse it off or toss it in the garbage.
  • If it’s marked “recyclable” on packaging, rinse it and toss it in the recycling bin (the guys at the city council have some Hi-tech (laser separators) and Low-tech (hands-on experts) to separate recycling.
  • Large items like furniture and electric goods can be donated to the British heart foundation (boxes @ NSE common room and outside the Wolfson dinning hall)
  • Here is a link for more a comprenhesive guide: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20074/recycling_advice/25/what_goes_in_the_blue_recycling_bin

If you are staying out of college accommodation follow this link for some useful info: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20075/students/15/recycling_in_a_student_house

 

Electricity


Electricity is a very large part of college’s annual expenses, particularly over the winter months. To reduce the costs college installed a new, more efficient boiler in 2016. We have distributed thermometers and an energy-saving-reminder coaster to all the students’ rooms. Around every common space we have signs to remind you to switch off the lights when you are done!

Simple energy saving tips:

  • Put on layers before trying to turn up the heating in winter!
  • In winter, keep the heating on only when you need it. Make the room cosy but not above 21C.
  • Put a lid on the pot when cooking; it saves energy
  • Don’t fill the kettle if you won’t use all the water right away
  • Switch the lights off when you leave the room

Teddy hall is an official participant of the the Europe-wide Student Switch Off campaign. We won a bronze in our first year and we are going for gold this year! 

 

Food Waste


Meals at Ming are self service so you need only to take as much as you will eat. We encourage students to be considerate of how much food they throw away after a meal.

Not only does this add undue cost to college expenses (and in the long run, those of future students) but it is also a serious driver of humanitarian crises such as global climate change and food shortages everywhere. Around 30% of food purchased in ‘developed’ countries is thrown away and the average European citizen tosses out more than 100kg of food a year (FAO, 2016).
You should extend same consideration to food matters in and outside of college.