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. 

We have continued to decline our annual total tonnage of waste despite a growth in campus size and student/staff population, as the graph below demonstrates.

Waste graph 2017-18


Head to our Recycling Guide page for tips on reducing, how to recycle waste at LSE including coffee pods, confidential waste, electronic waste and textiles.


Reduce Initiatives

  • LSE Director, Minouche Shafik launched the Plastic Free LSE campaign in 2018. The campaign aimed to minimise single-use plastics across the School and raise awareness about plastic pollution and the role plastics can play in society, providing the theme for engagement initiatives.
  • Waste from LSE campus and residences dropped by 6.6 per cent in 2017/18 compared to the previous year. 
  • 17,145 disposable cups were saved between September and December 2018 with the proportion of takeaway hot drinks sold in reusable cups jumping from 4 per cent to 18 per cent! This was a result of LSE Catering introducing a 10p charge on disposable coffee cups and a 25p discount on hot drinks bought in a reusable mug along with promotion of discounted LSE Keep Cups; part of Plastic Free LSE.
  • Halls of Residence offer Tupperware boxes or second helpings of food to reduce food waste. 

Reuse Initiatives

  • "ReLove" is LSE's annual re-use programme which collects unwanted items from students moving out of halls and donates them to charity. In 2018 we worked with British Heart Foundation to collect 10.8 tonnes of items. In partnership with the FoodCycle Society and the Trussel Trust, 40kg of food was also collected.
  • Last year, we donated 12,500 unwanted books to Better World Books and Book Rescuers to be redistributed internationally to underpriviledge communities.
  • LSE Skip Facebook group continues to be used by staff members to swap unwanted items.
  • 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.

Recycle & Recover Initiatives

  • Waste contractor Veolia delivered engaging stands to students about recycling at LSE. New staff members and staff in Green Impact teams received training on waste disposal at LSE and the waste industry. 
  • LSE sends zero waste to landfill. 



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