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UCC Library Sustainability: Projects

Information on UCC Library's Sustainability Campaign.

New Initiatives

Students from UCC Green Campus and UCC Environmental Society setting up the new Book Swap Stop just inside Boole library.  

New Gumdrop machine at the entrance to the Boole Library

Gumdrop Ltd., founded by Anna Bullus in 2009, is the first company in the world to recycle and process chewing gum into a range of new compounds that can be used in the rubber and plastics industry.

Gum-tec® is used to manufacture the Gumdrop and Gumdrop on-the-go, pink receptacles, like the one in the photo.

Once the Gumdrop is full, the whole Gumdrop along with its contents of waste gum is recycled and processed to manufacture new Gumdrops.

Read Cork News-Live article about this and other initiatives.

 Compost & Crisp Packet bins on the ground floor

UCC Environmental Society asked if we would have a recycling bin in the Library for Crisp packets. Of course we said yes.

An organisation called Terrycycle supply these bins and collect them when full.

Past Projects

Library Sustainability Survey,  April 2019

On Thursday 18, April just before the Easter break, we asked our students to fill in a grid on our interactive Jamboard,  in response to a number of questions about our sustainability campaign. Results can be seen here.

chart with results of survey questions


Suggestions/Comments Board

Our LOL suggestions board on the ground floor allows library users to leave comments and suggestions. 

We do our best to act on these suggestions where we can.