Environmental Affairs

Eddie’s is committed to sustainable environmentally-friendly policies and practices!

Get in touch…

We always welcome comments and suggestions on what green initiatives you would like to see around College.  Why not drop your friendly Environmental Officer an email at cr-environmental@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk?


The College currently collects the following:

  • Glass – all communal kitchens, CR and bar
  • Plastic – kitchens in Richard Laws only
  • Paper – post area, library, Norfolk computer room

Want to recycle more?

The following recycling bins are available in the bin area for student use:

paper  |  cardboard  |  plastic bottles  |  cans  |  glass

There are also:

  • Charity clothing/Shoes collection box in the Laundry Building
  • Charity Collection bin (Salvation Army) at the back of the maisonettes
  • Battery recycling box in the Library Building (top of the spiral staircase)
  • Used Ink Cartridge envelopes for the Macmillan Cancer Support inkjet appeal in the Library Building (next to the battery recycling box)

See map for more info: Recycling facilities at St Edmund’s

There are many student-run recycling schemes in the communal kitchens.  Want to set one up in your kitchen? Your Environmental Officers can help you with labels and boxes!

Green Links

Cambridge University – Student Societies

CUSU Ethical Affairs | Cambridge University Student Union on all things green and ethical

Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society | Student-led initiatives to make the university a greener place

Zero Carbon Society | Platform for students to learn, engage and act on Climate Change. Check out there Google calender for all green events in Cambridge.

Cambridge Hub | Connecting students with ethical causes through volunteering and initiatives in Cambridge

Cambridge People and Planet | The Cambridge branch of a national student group campaigning on world poverty, human rights and the environment

Cambridge University – Other Networks

CUEN | Cambridge University Energy Network seeks to inform and facilitate cross-discipline research on sustainable energy

GreenBRIDGE | Society of graduate researchers at the University of Cambridge with an interest in the sustainability of the built environment

University Strategy | Sustainabilty and Energy strategy from the University Estates Management

External Links

Cambridge Sustainability Centre | Look out for the range of short courses on sustainability lifestyle skills.. from permaculture to building outdoor pizza ovens!

Transition Cambridge |  Events and advice to guide you to a more sustainable lifestyle

Cambridge City Council | Environment and recycling initiatives led by the council

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

One person’s junk is another’s gold… why not consider buying second hand items or donating your unwanted items to charity? Save money and save the planet!

Graduate Union Forum | Buy and sell unwanted items from other graduate members

Gumtree Cambridge | Buy and sell unwanted items outside the University.  (Students are reminded to take care when giving out their contact details)

Freecycle Cambridge | A forum for exchanging things for FREE!

Charity shops

For donating unwanted items or rummaging around for bargains… or finding bits for fancy dress!  Burleigh Street (near Parker’s Piece) is a haven for charity shops.  The nearest ones to St Edmund’s are:

Oxfam | 34/35 Bridge Street

Save the Children |  21 Magdelene Street

Vegetarian/Vegan Food and Local Produce

General Market | Mon to Sat in the Market Square – great for seasonal produce

Cambridge Farmers Market | Every Sun in the Market Square for local produce

Arjuna Wholefoods | A haven for vegetarian and vegan food

Revital Health | Health food store – good vegetarian and vegan food stock & deli

Rainbow Cafe | Vegetarian and vegan restaurant

Riverford Organic Fruit & Veg | Organic fruit & veg delivery service.