Reducing waste

Waste and Resources


LSE sends zero-waste to landfill. We do this by employing the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover" waste hierarchy in our waste and resource management. 



  • In 2016-17 we sold 1,032 "Keep Cups" which saved around 92,000 disposable cups. This is a considerable increase on the 600 sold in 2015-16. LSE Catering outlets offer a 10p discount on hot drinks bought in a reusable mug. We also sell collapsible water bottles to reduce the number of plastic bottles that would be used in their place.
  • Halls of Residence offer Tupperware boxes or second helpings of food to reduce food waste. 
  • Our annual "ReLove" re-use programme collects unwanted items from students moving out of halls and donates them to charity. In 2017 we worked with British Heart Foundation and other charities to collect 7.7 tonnes of items. In partnership with the FoodCycle Society and the Trussel Trust, 40kg of food was also collected.
  • Last year, we donated 5,790 unwanted books to Better World Books and Book Rescuers to be redistributed internationally to underpriviledge communities.
  • The Furniture ReUse stock is the first point of reference for new furniture requests, and is compiled by using good quality furniture resulting from internal office moves and the return of redundant items by staff.

Top tips for reducing waste and reusing items

1. Wherever possible, apply the following rule to waste: Reduce > Reuse > Recycle.

  • Reduce - do you really need to buy it in the first place?
  • Reuse - can the item be repaired or donated to charity instead of being disposed of?
  • Recycle - can it be processed into its raw material?

2. Consider buying second hand items.

3. Can you buy energy efficient, durable products that contain little or no hazardous materials and are easily recycled at the end of their life?

4. If you no longer need an item, does anyone in the school want the item or could it be stored for later use?

5. If equipment is broken, can it be repaired rather than replaced?

6. Put an end to junk mail! Contact the companies who send you or your office junk mail and ask them either to stop, or to send electronic copies only. 


Where to put your waste

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Useful links for Campus 

Useful links for Halls