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VP of Campaigns and Environment challenges student accommodations over recycling

‘We as a student body need to use our voice’

The Students’ Union Vice President Campaigns and Environment, Bailey Marchant is challenging student accommodation providers over the lack of recycling facilities.

Last month, Bailey contacted privately ran university accommodations that did not provide any recycling facilities. These included Pavillions, Hayes Wharf, Saul House, Hayes House, Junxion, Aqua House, Danesgate, Parkview, Gravity, and Cathedral Court. She requested that they consider providing recycling facilities in their accommodations.

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Only Junxion responded, and so Bailey made a plea to all Lincoln students on social media. She encouraged the student body to contact their accommodation provider to demand better. Bailey said: “Today I’m bringing something to your attention which is really concerning. 10 non-university owned accommodations at the University of Lincoln do not have recycling facilities

“These halls can be home to thousands of students. Time is running out to change our habits to be more sustainable. Every hall of residence needs to have recycling facilities. They are a basic facility and a necessary one.

“We as a student body need to use our voice. We need to demand change. We need to protest. We cannot meet in person right now however there are ways we can make our voices heard.”

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Junxion, Cathedral Court, and Danesgate have responded as a result of student pressure and are looking into providing recycling facilities for their residents.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, Mary Stewart said: “Recycling is an important part of making our daily lives more sustainable. Our students are passionate about sustainability and at the University we would urge all accommodation providers to take recycling as seriously as we do at the university and provide appropriate recycling stations at their accommodation outlets.”

Lincoln’s MP, Karl McCartney said: “We all have a duty to recycle and do what we can to support our environment. For those students who want to, there should be a facility to recycle. I would urge all providers to look into a way to offer recycling facilities for students who want to use this facility.

You can find more information about on-campus recycling facilities here.

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