Reuse and recycle
Imperial participates in the WARPit scheme, a redistribution network allowing individuals and departments alike to give away or loan items they no longer require, but which others may have a use for. For example, space undergoing a refurbishment can be furnished through WARPit with perfectly serviceable items. WARPit brings the unused into use, saves money, frees up space, diverts resources from landfill, reduces carbon emissions and saves on the costs of removal and disposal. In the 2018–19 academic year the scheme had 205 transactions (a 6% increase on the previous year), saving 28.77 tonnes of carbon emissions and reusing 4.72 tonnes of potential waste materials.
All Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) produced by the College, for example computers, fridges and laboratory equipment is collected by an external contractor: items still of use are then resold, and equipment that cannot be remarketed is stripped to recover materials for recycling and reuse.