Provides detail on the approach towards Waste and Recycling at the University, the achievements to date and future targets and information on the shared Recycling Point roll out.

The University adopted a Recycling and Waste Management Policy in 2010. This policy includes a strong message of intent to continue to increase recycling and minimise waste sent to landfill.

In 201213, the University diverted 84% of of it's waste from academic and support buildings (approx 3,000 tonnes) away from landfill. Annual reports are linked below and in the Reports section (Reports and Resources) of this website.

Achieving our Recycling Targets

In order to achieve this change, we have both been rolling recycling infrastructure out across the estate and working in partnership with our waste contractors to ensure that our waste is dealt with as effectively as possible.

In the last two years we have been rolling out recycling infrastructure across the estate as well as working on our communications and engagement with staff and students to improve the quality (cleanliness and content) of our recycling streams.

Shared recycling points are now availabel in each building and, as many of us do at home already, individuals are expected and encouraged to take responsibility for ensuring waste is appropriately deposited at these shared recycling points.

How does this work?

Shared Recycling Points are placed in accessible locations. In these areas individual office bins are no longer emptied (usually they are removed completely) to allow the cleaners to focus on the shared points (and other cleaning tasks).

  • In catering areas (restaurant, cafe areas) a combined Dry Mixed Recycling (orange lid) bin is colocated with a Food Waste bin (green lid) and a General Waste (dark grey lid) bin.
  • In office, lecture, meeting and library areas, the Dry Mixed Recycling (orange lid) and General Waste (dark grey lid) are available and, where appropriate these are supplemented with a Paper Recycling (blue lid) bin.
  • In most other areas (foyers, circulation spaces, staff rooms), there are two bins only - one for Dry Mixed Recycling (orange lid) and one for General Waste (dark grey lid).
  • In kitchens and tea prep areas within academic and support buildings, glass collection is also encouraged. Purpose designed and labelled glass caddies will be rolled out in these areas during June / July 2014.

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