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University to cut 23 tonnes of paper towel waste

Nearly 8 million paper towels are used on campus each year.

The Estates team is helping the University reduce its carbon footprint by replacing paper towels with energy-efficient hand dryers across campus.

A typical paper towel is used for about three seconds before being binned. In most areas on campus we have the choice to dry our hands using paper towels or hand dryers.


Why aren’t paper towels recycled?

Paper towels are often made of recycled materials and their thin fibres make it very difficult to repurpose them during the recycling process.

The Estates team is in the first stage of phasing out paper towels and improving options for the way people dry their hands. But before they go any further they want to ask your opinion.

They have shortlisted a number of energy-efficient hand dryers already installed on campus and they want to know what you think about them. Or, if you'd like to suggest an alternative model, they’d like to hear about it through the survey below.

Go Greener at Sussex

The University of Sussex has begun an ambitious journey to become one of the greenest universities in the UK and is working towards cutting its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020.

The University, which is home to some of the world’s leading sustainability academics, is engaged in a multi-million pound programme which will initially see over 3,000 solar panels fitted on 29 buildings - the largest solar project in the UK higher education sector.

Go Greener will also involve the replacement of 27,000 light bulbs with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems and smart metering installed across the campus.

Over the next three years the University will be looking to replace current energy systems with more sustainable alternatives with the aim of becoming one of the most energy-efficient universities in the UK within the next ten years.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 13 October 2017

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Not everyone can do this, but every person who has space to hang up a handtowel shoud consider bringing one in and using that instead

From Richard De Visser on 13 October 2017
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