Wolfson is working on reducing its environmental impact by promoting positive ways in which students and staff can participate.
Read more about the actions undertaken by the College below.
- Green Team
The College provides recycling facilities through Oxfordshire Council for its residents. Recycling is an integral part of correct waste disposal.
The following (clean) items can be recycled using your blue recycling bin, loose or in a clear bin bag:
Plastic: Most packaging, and plastic wrapping that can be either stretched or scrunched, e.g. bottles, food containers, cling film, bubble wrap; Plastic bags (clean, do not fill); Metal: Tins, aerosols, bottle tops; Paper: Newspapers, brochures, books, wrapping paper; Cardboard: Egg boxes, cardboard packaging, toilet roll inner tubes; Cartons: Food and drink cartons (rinsed).
The lodge can receive broken electrical appliances or advise you on where in College to dispose of them.
Should you have any unwanted, reusable items in working condition, including clothing, household items, small electrical appliances, bikes, etc. - please contact the lodge. These items will go towards the AMREF sale at the start of Michaelmas Term. Alternatively, there is an informal donation point in the Old Lodge, where you can leave giveaways for College members. Please be aware that this is also the drop-off point for certain groceries purchases, so be sure to leave a note to say yours is a giveaway.
For larger items, such as bikes, please contact the Home Bursar to arrange collection.
For suggestions on how to deal with other items the County Council provides a comprehensive list. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Environment Representative or the Home Bursar for advice.
A full list of recyclable items and further instructions can be found on the council website.
Most packaging is clearly labelled whether it is recyclable or not.
Batteries there is a small brown bin in the Old lodge. In addition, many shops and supermarkets have battery recycling bins.
- Food Waste Recycling
The College encourages its residents to consider the environmental impact of food waste in landfill and has provided a red food waste recycling bin in both the F-block waste disposal area and behind the college kitchens. The council empties these and they are taken to Cassington Anaerobic Digestion Plant, where they are tranformed into electricity and fertiliser.
Please contact the Accommodation Officer to get a food waste caddy for your accommodation.
Items that can be recycled in the red bins:
Bread and pastries; Dairy products (e.g. cheese); Fish (including bones and scales); Meat and bones (cooked or uncooked) Cooking oils and fats (e.g. vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, lard);
- Please collect (cooled) oils and fats in a plastic bottle and place inside your food caddy or red bin.
- These can be solid or liquid form.
Food waste can be recycled in plastic carrier bags, compostables, or newspaper.
This is an additional facility for keen residents. Thus, you are expected to empty the kitchen compost bucket regularly yourself. Failure to do so will result in the removal of the bucket by housekeeping.
Click here for more information on how and why to recycle your food.
- Tea bags and coffee grounds;
- Kitchen towel and tissue.
- Plant based diet
Many studies demonstrate the strong connection between meat consumption and global warming. As a College community, we want to take responsibility for our carbon footprint and create a positive culture around switching to a more plant-based diet by consistently providing vegan food options.
Saturday brunch now offers a popular full Vegan breakfast alternative, and during the term a vegan food option is provided with every informal meal. Out of term, vegan food options are guaranteed at least on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but at any given time, please contact the kitchen in advance to make sure. For suggestions on recipes or feedback, please leave a comment in the guest book located at the Hall.
- Green Impact Award
- Student SwitchOff
Wolfson College is taking part in Student SwitchOff, a not-for-profit campaign in the UK that encourages university students to save energy through behavioural changes. Student SwitchOff is an intercollegiate competition for those living in University accommodation. Extra motivation for the scheme at Oxford is provided by an intercollegiate competition with prizes including ice cream upf or grabs for successful Colleges.
In 2017-18, Wolfson College was awarded Silver in the University of Oxford Student SwitchOff Campaign.
If you don't live in College, you can still help the College take part in Student SwitchOff. Click here for more information.
- Green Roof
- Solar Panels
The College has 44 photovolataic panels (PV) on the roof of A Block. The PV cells in the panels don't need direct sunlight to work - they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity and this will either be used by the College or sold to the National Grid. For more information on how much electricity the panels are generating, please visit the ABB Plant View Page, or follow the Wolfson Solar Panels Twitter Account!
- Cycling in Oxford
- Plan Bee
- Reducing Single-use Plastic
- Best Practice