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Maths in Work: Investing in Waste Management

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Created on 19 May 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 08 April 2010 by ncetm_administrator

Title Investing in Waste Management
Organisation Leeds University - Dr Keith Pitcher
The University of Leeds has 32,000 students and 7,000 staff. Dr Keith Pitcher is Environmental Officer. One of his main responsibilities is to encourage a greener attitude to waste management. Keith has had to balance a £90K investment in recycling equipment and facilities with the rising cost of sending waste to landfill. In 4 years the university has increased the percentage of its 1600 tonnes of waste that is recycled from 16% to 40%. In the same time landfill tax has increased from £12 per ton to £24 and will double again in the next 2 years. Keith expects their investment to be repaid in 3 years as a result of better recycling practice. The exercise has involved estimation, percentages, measures and money.
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Estimation, Measures, Money, Percentages
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