Sidney Sussex College MCR

Green and Ethical Affairs

Are you interested in trying new delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes while spending quality time with other members of your household? We will provide a recipe and a few of the key ingredients, although we are still working out the logistics of getting the ingredients to you.

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What can I do to help the environment?

Here are some obvious things that everyone can do to save energy and help the environment:

  • Turn off lights when you leave the room
  • Don’t leave appliances on stand-by
  • Use a re-usable shopping bag
  • Fit energy-saving bulbs / PIR lighting
  • Turn down the heating by 1-2 degrees
  • Fit a ‘water hippo’ in your toilet cistern
  • Switch off your computer monitor between times of use, and shut it down at night
  • Buy local goods such as food, preferably without plastic wrappings
  • Recycle

See the Cambridge City Council Website and their Recycling and Rubbish A-Z for information on how to recycle and depose of your waste in the right way and have a look at the graphics below.

Put these in your blue bin: Paper, including newspapers, magazines, greetings cards, and envelopes Cardboard Cartons, such as Tetra Pak Plastic bags, bottles, pots, and trays – apart from black plastic, which cannot currently be recycled Food and drink tins and cans, including sweet tins Empty aerosols Wrapping paper (no metallic plastic) Tinfoil and foil trays Glass jars and bottles Batteries, including laptop or phone batteries – attach them to the bin lid in a clear plastic bag
Do not put these in your blue bin: Food; Liquids; Nappies; Clothes, textiles or shoes (take to charity shops or clothing banks); Expanded polystyrene or Styrofoam; Foam and sponge; Non-packaging plastic, including toys and bowls; Flat glass or mirrors; Pyrex; Kitchen paper and tissues – put these in your green bin; Dirty packaging; Paint tins
Put these in your black bin: General household non-recyclable and non-compostable material waste; Disposable nappies should be put in the black bin; Used paper tissues and kitchen paper; Personal Protection Equipment such as masks and gloves (Please cut off strings from masks); If you are suffering from coronavirus symptoms, put your medical waste and PPE in a separate bag. Leave it for 72 hours before putting it in your black bin.
Do not put these in your black bin: Empty or full paint tins; Rubble; Bricks; Soil; Very heavy items; Electrical items
Put these in your green bin: Food waste (cooked and uncooked), including meat, fish dairy, and peelings; tea bags and coffee filters; Garden waste, such as grass cuttings and leaves; flowers; Untreated wood; Straw and sawdust
Do not put these in your green bin: Any plastic; Plastic bags or sacks, including ‘biodegradable’ or compostable bags; Cat or dog waste; Soil, stones or turf; oil; Treated wood; Rubble; Extra garden waste cannot be collected; Kitchen caddy and paper liners can be used for your kitchen food waste and then emptied into your green bin when full