Sorting Challenge

What is it?

The Sorting Challenge is a part of a campaign to increase our recycling rates at City. For students, it involves a series of one-off competitions throughout the year that test knowledge on the recycling service. For staff, it involves the creation of a Leader Board that ranks departments by how well they use the bins in their kitchen spaces.

How does it work (Staff)?

Every month all the bins in staff kitchens are randomly audited to see whether they are being used correctly. Each department will be assigned a score out of 100 based on the presence contamination (wrong items) in the bins. (E.g. a plastic bottle in the general waste bin or a banana peel in the dry recycling bin). Photos of the bins will also be taken.

Every department will start off with a score of 100. For every type of wrong item (contamination) found by the auditors in each of the bins, 5 points will be deducted. The more contamination there is, the more points are deducted. After each round of audits a Leader Board will be published here on the blog and also shared through our monthly newsletter, The Point. Leader Boards for buildings and sites will also be available.

An example of a completed audit form can be seen below:

Waste Audit Sheet

Auditor: John Doe

Date: 3rd November 2014

Kitchen room number (if known):

X123

Department(s) using the kitchen:

E.X.A.M.P.L.E Department

Number of Photos Taken:

3

Photo reference numbers:

P001, P002, P003

Bin fill level (%)

General

80

Recycling

50

Food

40

Are any of these items present in the bins? (Cross [x] as necessary)

Item

General

Recycling

Food

Comments/Observations

Cans/Tins/Aluminium

 

Cardboard/Paper/Coffee Cups

X

 

Plastic bags

X

 

Plastic containers

 

Glass jars or bottles (Not broken)

 

Disposable Coffee cups and lids

 

Food

Crisps Packets/ Chocolate/Sweet Wrappers

 

X

Polystyrene/ Cling Film/ Bubble Wrap

 

Liquids

 

X

TOTAL CROSSES

2

1

1

Scoring

Total number of points available

Total number of points lost

(5 points per cross)

Overall Score

100

20

80

Click on the months below to view the Leader Board:

2014

December

January

February

Information on the 2013-14 Sorting Challenge can be found here

 

6 Responses

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    February 13, 2014 9:05 am

    Could you introduce some awards for BAD performance? That might SHAME some of us into doing better…..!

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