A-Z guide to recycling and waste

This section lists the most common waste types within the University of Exeter and details how to recycle or dispose of each and how to arrange a collection if required. A-Z Waste and Recycling Guide is also available as a PDF document. If you cannot find the details on a waste item listed here please contact the Environment and Climate Emergency team.

The following information and procedures are for dealing with waste produced at the University of Exeter only. The following schemes are not available for the disposal of waste generated in the home. To find out about waste disposal at the Penryn campus, please see the FXPlus A-Z waste Guide.

Waste typeReduce/ReuseRecycle/Dispose Recover
Aerosols 

Please reduce where possible. 

Aerosols cannot be reused at this University  

Aerosols can be recycled in Exeter City Council / Binit cans bin.

 

 

Waste typeReduce/Reuse Recycling/Disposal Recover

Batteries 

(Lithium-ion)

Rechargeable batteries should be used wherever possible to minimise waste.

Lithium and Lithium-ion batteries should be placed in one of our battery collection boxes.

Contact the Campus Services Help Desk to request a box or a collection.

 

Batteries (NiCd, Hg, Pb)

These batteries are considered hazardous waste and cannot be reused. 

Lead acid batteries should be disposed of via the Labwaste service.

 

Books 

Consider reading online.

Books can be reused via a Book-Cycle shelf or via the Hospiscare collection box.

Individual books can be placed in the Restore paper consoles. 

For larger quantities, please obtain Restore bags via the Campus Services Help Desk and arrange a collection once full. 

 

Bulbs 

Please remember to switch off lights when not in use. 

Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection. 

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Cables Please reuse cables wherever possible.  Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection.   
Cans
(steel and aluminium)
Please reduce or reuse cans wherever possible. 

Please place empty and clean cans in the internal ‘Can Recycling’ points.

For large quantities, please use a clear plastic bag and place it in one of the external ECC/Binit can recycling bins.

 
Cardboard  

Please reduce the amount of cardboard that you use and reuse cardboard waste wherever possible. 

All cardboard should be flattened and placed in one of the external ECC/Binit cardboard recycling bins. 

All non-cardboard packaging (ie. polystyrene inserts) must be removed first and disposed of accordingly. 

 
Cartridges and Toners If you have surplus cartridges/toners, please advertise for reuse via the Warp It platform 

Cartridges and toners should be placed in one of our collection boxes. 

Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to request a box or to request a collection. 

 
CDs and DVDs

Please send to Dr Alice Mills for use in science outreach projects in schools. 

CDs and DVDs containing confidential or sensitive information should be disposed of as confidential waste.

To dispose of unwanted CDs and DVDs, please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection. 

 
Chemicals

Check to see if your chemicals can be reused by another department in the University. 

Chemicals should be disposed of via the Labwaste service.   
Clinical Waste

Be cautious to ensure that only what is needed is purchased.

 

 

Clinical waste should only be disposed of via the external (yellow) clinical waste bins.

Bins should be locked at all times when not in use. 

Clothing  and Textiles

Unbranded (contains a logo) and serviceable textiles can be placed in the British Heart Foundation collection points. 

Or consider reuse via an app or with friends and colleagues.

Branded (with University logo) and non-serviceable textiles can be recycled.

Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection. 

 
Coffee Cups Please use a reuseable coffee cup wherever possible.   

'Compostable' coffee cups cannot be recycled or composted using standard recycling facilities. 

Please dispose of coffee cups as non-recyclable waste.

Confidential Waste (non paper)

Please reduce usage wherever possible.

Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk who will arrange a collection.

Non-paper confidential waste must not be placed in the Restore bins, these are for paper only. 

 
Confidential Waste (paper)

Confidential paper waste cannot be reused. 

Confidential paper waste should be placed in a Restore console. 

For large quantities, please order a Restore bag by completing a Move It form online. 

Prior to collection, please store in a secure location. 

 
Cool packs

Cool packs should be reused wherever possible. 

Unwanted cool packs should be disposed of via the Labwaste service

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling Recover
Electrical Equipemnt (WEEE)

Please consider potential new equipment purchases carefully and ensure that there is a genuine need. Investigate the potential for reuse prior to disposal. 

Please fill out a disposal form online to arrange a collection with the Campus Services Helpdesk.

Prior to collection, equipment should be stored safely, securely and indoors.

 
Envelopes   Envelopes should be reused wherever possible for internal mail. Surplus can be sent to the Mailroom team at the Old Library. 

Envelopes should be recycled as paper waste.

Please separate envelopes with windows, both the plastic and paper can be recycled. 

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
First Aid Box (out of date contents)

Out of date first aid box contents can be disposed of via the Labwaste service for use by charities. If you don’t have a regular collection, please contact the Health and Safety team for advice.

  Any out of date first aid materials that have been opened or damaged should be disposed of as non-recyclable waste. Used first aid materials should be disposed of as clinical waste.
Fluorescent Tubes Fluorescent tubes cannot be reused at this University.  Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection.  
Folders

Please either return usable folders to the stationery cupboard or advertise them by using the intcomsec service or through the Warp It platform 

Cardboard (lever arch) folders can be recycled as cardboard waste.

Please ensure that all contents of folders have been removed prior to disposal.

Plastic folders cannot be recycled and should be disposed of as non-recyclable waste.

Food Packaging (mixed material)

 

 

Clean, plastic food packaging such as punnets or yoghurt tubs should be recycled as part of the plastic waste stream.

Packaging with a metallic film e.g. crisp packets cannot be recycled and should be disposed of as non-recyclable waste.

Food Waste Consider the amount that is purchased if there are regular quantities of food waste after events.

Only food waste from catering kitchens can be recycled and where possible servery disposal should be used where possible. 

Food waste should otherwise be disposed of as non-recyclable waste. 

Fridges & Freezers

Please consider the option of a repair prior to disposal.

Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection. 

Prior to collection, fridges and freezers should be stored safely, securely and indoors. 

 
Furniture  

Please advertise redundant furniture internally through the Warp It platform.  

If furniture is no longer serviceable, please fill out a disposal form to arrange a collection. 

Prior to collection, please ensure that furniture is being stored safely, securely and indoors. 

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Gas Regulators Gas regulators cannot be reused.  Please fill in a disposal form online via the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection for used / redundant gas regulators.  
Glass
(non-Pyrex)  
Please consider the reuse / repurpose of plain glass bottles and jars.

Please place clean glass into the external, ECC/Binit glass recycling bins.

Do not place Pyrex in the external ECC/Binit glass bins.  

 
Glass 
(Pyrex)  

Cascade surplus glassware to other users in your College/Service.

Pyrex glass is collected by Labwaste.

Pyrex must not be disposed of in the ECC/Binit glass bins.

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover

Hard hats (Safety)

 

Out of date or damaged safety hard hats should be marked with “Do not use”. Please collate in a clear plastic bag and request a collection via the Campus Services Help Desk.

Please remove the inner lining and no visors or safety glasses may be included. There must be no contamination with oil or tar. 

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
IT Equipment
 

Cascade the equipment to other users in your College / Service while considering GDPR or return to Exeter IT for reuse within the wider University. 

Please fill out a disposal form online to arrange a collection with the Campus Services Help Desk team. 

Prior to collection, items must be stored safely and securely.

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling Recover
Laminated Paper

Reuse laminated documents wherever possible.  

  Please dispose of laminated paper as non-recyclable waste. 
Lamps and Tubes 

Please consider the reuse of lamps and tubes that have not blown.

Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection.

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Metal

Please consider any opportunities for reuse / repurpose prior to disposal.

Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection. 

Please do not take metal to ‘Scrap Metal’ disposal.  

Metal is recycled at Newberry Metals.

 
Milk Containers

Could you reuse a container rather than dispose of it?

All used milk containers should be rinsed and placed into the internal plastic recycling bins. All plastic milk bottles are recycled in a closed-loop meaning they become milk bottles again.  

 
Mobile Phones

All handsets are owned by the University and should be returned to the university Account Manager (see rear page for contact). These will be reused within the university where possible.  

All broken / damaged handsets should be returned to the university Account Manager (see rear page for contact) who will arrange for disposal.  

 
New England BioLabs box

 

These are included in the supplier’s ‘Take Back’ scheme for reuse. Please label them with post return sticker and leave with your department’s daily mail for our mailroom team to collect and post back.

 

   
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Oil (cooking) Please ensure that the volume of oil purchased matches the amount needed. 

Waste cooking oil should be disposed of via the approved contact within the Catering Team for recycling.

Cooking oil MUST NOT be disposed down drains.

 
Oil (non- cooking) Please ensure that the volume of oil purchased matches the amount needed. 

Non-edible oil should be disposed of via the Labwaste service.

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Padded Envelopes Please reuse padded envelopes for internal mail. Surplus can be sent to the Old Library Central Mailroom team.

 

Waste padded envelopes such as jiffy and poly-envelopes cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as non-recyclable waste.

Paints and Solvents   If paint is of a sufficient quality and quantity for use, please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to discuss reuse options. 

 

Water based paint/empty containers can be disposed of as non-recyclable waste.

Other types should be disposed of via Labwaste. Please ensure that containers are sealed to eliminate the risk of spillage.

Paper

Reduce paper wherever possible by using digital formats. Reuse wherever possible. 

Paper (including newspapers, magazines and books) should be disposed of via Restore bins.

For large quantities, please fill out a disposal form online to order Restore bags from Facilities Operations.  

 
Plastics

Reduce single use plastic by ordering reusable alternatives 

Please reuse plastic wherever possible.

Please place clean plastics in the plastic recycling bins. 
Acceptable:
Drinks bottles
Milk containers
Cleaning fluid containers
Food tubs and trays
Polythene wrap
Packaging films
Bubble wrap
Carrier bags

All other plastics that are not mentioned in the Recycle column to the left should be disposed of as non-recyclable waste.

Some rigid plastics can be recycled if they exist in large amounts and are segregated by type. Please refer any opportunities to the waste team.

Polystyrene (expanded)

Please reduce the amount of expanded polystyrene you use wherever possible.

  Please dispose of expanded polystyrene as non-recyclable waste.
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Skips   Please consider all material prior to it going in a skip - could someone else reuse it?

All skips should be ordered from Leese's / Coastal Recycling directly.

Please segregate recyclable waste streams to avoid landfill.

All skips should be ordered from Leese’s/Coastal Recycling directly.

Please remember that non-segregated waste will be recovered and possibly landfilled.

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Telephones  

Please advertise any surplus telephones via the Warp It platform 

Please contact the Campus Services Help Desk to arrange a collection.

Prior to collection, please store safely, securely and indoors.

 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Vehicles

Options for sale and reuse should always be considered prior to disposal. 

Please contact Rob Pitchford for advice if you have a University owned vehicle that you no longer need.   
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/RecyclingRecover
Wood

Please consider any options for reuse/re-purpose prior to disposal.

Please arrange for disposal via the Campus Services Help Desk.

This is then taken to EMS to be recycled.