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. The A-Z Waste Guide is also available as a PDF document. If you cannot find the details on a waste item listed here please contact Karen Gallagher, Environment and Sustainability Adviser.

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 
Aerosols 

Aerosols cannot be reused at this University. Please reduce use where possible. 

Aerosols should be disposed of via the Labwaste service. Aerosols must not be placed in the ‘Can’ facilities.

Waste typeReduce/Reuse Recycling/Disposal 

Batteries 

(Lithium-ion)

Rechargeable batteries should be used wherever possible to minimise waste.

Lithium and Lithium-ion batteries should be placed in one of the Blackmore Ricotech battery collection boxes.

Contact the Campus Services Helpdesk 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.

Do not dispose of any of these batteries in the battery collection boxes or in the non-recyclable bins. 

Books 

Books can be reused via a Book-Cycle shelf or via the Hospiscare drop-off boxes. 

Individual books can be placed in the Shred-It paper consoles (this includes glue-spined books). 

For larger quantities of books, please obtain Shred-It bags via the Campus Services Helpdesk and arrange a collection once full. 

Bulbs 

Please remember to switch off lights that are not in use. 

Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection. 

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Cables Please reuse cables wherever possible.  Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk 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 Viridor 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 Viridor cardboard recycling bins. 

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

Cartridges and Toners If you have surplus cartridges/toners, please advertise for reuse via the intcomsec mailing list. 

Cartridges and toners should be placed in one of the Blackmore Ricotech collection boxes. 

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

CDs and DVDs

Please send any spare (but functional) CDs or DVDs to Dr Alice Mills to be used in science outreach projects in schools. These must not contain confidential information.

To dispose of old, broken or unwanted CDs and DVDs, please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection. 

If your CDs or DVDs contain any confidential or sensitive information, they will need to be disposed of as confidential waste. To arrange a collection, please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk

Cereal boxes (light card) Please reduce the amount of card that you use and reuse card wherever possible. 

Light card should be recycled by using one of the Shred-It consoles on campus. 

If you have large quantities of card or paper waste, please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection. 

Centrifuges N/A The University uses a specific contractor for this waste stream. Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to discuss the disposal of any laboratory equipment. 
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. Please see the Chemical / Hazardous Waste Contract Page for information about this services.
Clinical Waste

N/A

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. 

Chemicals should be disposed of via the Labwaste service.

Clothing  and Textiles Unbranded (contains a logo) and serviceable textiles can be placed in the British Heart Foundation collection points.  Branded (with University logo) and non-serviceable textiles can be recycled. Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection. 
Coffee Cups Please reduce your coffee cup use by using reusable coffee cups wherever possible.  Coffee cups cannot currently be recycled on campus. Please dispose of coffee cups as non-recyclable waste.  Plastic lids can be placed in the plastic recycling bins.
Confidential Waste (non paper)

N/A

Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk who will arrange a collection of any non-paper confidential waste. 

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

Confidential Waste (paper)

Confidential paper waste cannot be reused. 

Confidential paper waste should be placed in a Shred-It console. 

For larger quantities of confidential paper waste, please order a Shred-It bag by completing a disposal form online. 

Prior to collection, confidential paper waste must be stored in a secure location. Do not dispose of non-paper items in the Shred-It consoles. 

Cool packs

Cool packs should be reused wherever possible. 

Unwanted cool packs should be disposed of via the Labwaste service

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling 
Electrical (excluding IT equipment)

If you have surplus electrical equipment, please advertise this via the intcomsec mailing list. 

Electrical equipment must be disposed of via the Campus Services team. Please fill out a disposal form online to arrange a collection. 

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

Envelopes   Envelopes should be reused wherever possible for internal mail.  Envelopes should be disposed of as paper waste. This includes envelopes with windows. 
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
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 and Lamps Fluorescent tubes cannot be reused at this University.  Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection.
Folders

Please either return usable folders to your stationery cupboard or advertise them via the intcomsec mailing list. 

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

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

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

Food Packaging (mixed material)

N/A

 

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. Servery disposal should therefore be used where possible. 

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

Fridges & Freezers

Please reuse fridges and freezers wherever possible. 

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

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

Furniture  

Please advertise any redundant furniture internally via the intcomsec mailing list. 

If furniture is no longer serviceable, please fill out a disposal form online via the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection. 

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

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Gas Regulators Gas regulators cannot be reused.  Please fill in a disposal form online via the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection for spent gas regulators.
General Waste (Non-recyclable) Please reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste you produce wherever possible.  Waste that cannot be reused or recycled should be deposited in one of the internal or external 'non-recyclable' bins.
Glass
(non-Pyrex)  
N/A

Please place glass into the external, Viridor glass recycling bins.


Do not place Pyrex in the external Viridor glass bins. 

Glass from laboratories
(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 Viridor glass bins.

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Hard hats

Please reuse hard hats where possible.  This excludes those that are damaged or out of date.

All out of date or damaged hard hats should be marked individually with “Do not use” and collated in a clear plastic bag. Please fill in a disposal form online via the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection.
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
IT Equipment
 

Cascade the equipment to other users in your school/service or to users in the wider University. 

IT equipment must be disposed of via the Campus Services team. Please fill out a disposal form online to arrange a collection.

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

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling 
Laminated sheets of paper

Laminated paper cannot be reused. 

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

N/A

Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection.

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Metal

N/A

Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk for advice.
Please do not take metal to ‘Scrap Metal’ disposal.

Milk Containers

N/A

All milk containers should be rinsed and placed into one of the internal plastic recycling bins 
Mobile Phones N/A

All handsets (broken or working) are owned by the University and should be returned to the University Mobile Phone Account Manager. These will be reused within the University where possible. Please send to Mobile Phone Account Manager, Room GF02, South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, EX2 2LU.

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Oil (cooking) N/A

Waste cooking oil should be disposed of via Convert2Green.  Cooking oil MUST NOT be disposed down drains.

Oil  (ex cooking) N/A

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

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Padded Envelopes Please reuse padded envelopes for internal mail. 

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

Paints and Solvents   If paint is of a sufficient quality and quantity for use, please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk 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

Please reuse paper. 

Paper (including newspapers, magazines and books) should be disposed of via Shred-It consoles.

If you have a large quantity of paper waste that you wish to dispose of, please fill out a disposal form online to order Shred-It bags.

Plastic Please reuse plastic wherever possible.

Please place clean plastics in the plastic recycling bins. 

Polystyrene (white foam)

Please reduce the amount of polystyrene you use wherever possible.

Please dispose of expanded polystyrene as non-recyclable waste.
Pyrex (glass from laboratories)

Pyrex is considered hazardous waste and cannot be reused. 

Pyrex glass is collected by Labwaste. Please see the Chemical / Hazardous Waste Contract Page for information about this services. 
Pyrex and drinking glasses should not be disposed of in the Viridor glass bins.

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Skips   N/A Information about skip hire can be found on the skip contract webpage
Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
Telephones   Please advertise any surplus telephones via the intcomsec.

Please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk to arrange a collection.
Prior to collection, please store safely, securely and indoors.

Waste typeReduce/ReuseDisposal/Recycling
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/Recycling
Wood N/A Please arrange for disposal via the Campus Services Helpdesk.