We currently recycle 43% of our waste and aim to increase this each year.

Waste and recycling

Waste and recycling is one of the most visible areas in the Sustainability Agenda. It demonstrates our commitment to staff, students and visitors and offers an opportunity for people to be easily involved in environmental improvement. In addition, our customers, clients, funding bodies, local authorities and lenders all demand information about our waste and recycling progress and achievements.  

Our updated Waste and Resource Management Strategy is currently in development. In January 2010, we adopted the Waste and Resource Management Strategy (2010-2015). This document is based on three key principles: the Waste Hierarchy, legal compliance and waste as a resource.  Improvements are focused across each waste stream and in specific business activities, such as procurement, marketing, teaching and research and catering. These are all underpinned by a comprehensive programme of communication and awareness raising activities.

How to dispose of your waste

You can find out how to dispose of your waste by using our A-Z guide. The Waste and Recycling Guide also highlights the best way to dispose of different types of waste on campus and explains what happens to them after collection. These disposal procedures have been prepared to ensure that the University complies with all relevant waste legislation,  that materials are disposed of in a cost effective manner and in the most environmentally sound way (in accordance with the waste hierarchy).   If your waste stream is not listed, or you are unsure about what to do, please contact Campus Services Helpdesk.

Waste Hierarchy

The key principle of the Waste Hierarchy has become a cornerstone of modern sustainable waste management thought, clearly illustrating the order in which waste management measures should be prioritised based on environmental impact.

As a priority waste should always be prevented and minimised. If waste can be avoided in the first instance, there is no need to look at recycling or disposal options for the materials. Where waste is generated, the University’s priority is to ensure that waste is diverted from landfill and recycled or recovered. For example, since September 2014, we have sent all of our general waste to a waste to energy plant rather than landfill.

Waste as a resource

A number of waste streams produced by the University have considerable market value and if collected and segregated properly, the University can receive funds from recyclers or sell surplus materials. The University seeks to consider waste a resource and raise revenue wherever possible, generating money for other purposes such as research.