Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By Charlotte Rae

As part of the University’s Green commitment, the Psychology Green team led by Dr Charlotte Rae is working on an action plan to tackle sustainability within the School of Psychology. In the meantime, we have started this blog post series to share tips on how to be greener while at Sussex. We hope you find it useful.

We are keen that all members of staff and students at the School are able to contribute to our green initiatives, so if you have any ideas please drop Charlotte an email ( We’d love to hear your thoughts on what green changes you want to see!

We all know we should recycle as much as possible. But it’s easy to forget that before we consider recycling, we should first reduce our consumption, then reuse any materials, before we recycle it at the end of any useful life. This 3 Rs’ mantra highlights that recycling should be the last resort, rather than our first option.
When you do come to the point of recycling, there are bins stationed throughout Pevensey corridors for the most commonly recycled items, such as paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminium cans, and glass.
For other items, this SEF webpage lists your options for recycling on campus, and this map shows the locations of points to recycle specialist items such as crisp packets, tetrapaks, and batteries.
What about hard to recycle items, such as contact lens packaging and pens?
A new student society, Leave No Trace, are a student-run recycling society, who have a regular stall at the Tuesday market in the SU. They will collect your hard-to-recycle items and take them to The Green Centre for recycling. Check their facebook page for the dates that they will be at the Tuesday market. They will accept the following items:

  • Clean aluminium foil
  • Beauty packaging
  • Biscuit packaging
  • Bread loaf plastic bags
  • Contact lens packaging
  • Crisp packaging
  • Milk bottle tops
  • Pens
  • Pringles
  • Textiles (bras, bags, belts and shoes)

Do you have a Green Tip or an idea for a School sustainability initiative? Send it to Faculty Green Officer Charlotte Rae.

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