Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Staff: reduce, reuse, recycle

The Circular Economy is about transitioning from a ‘take-make-dispose’ linear approach to resource use, to systems that encourage reuse and extraction of maximum value before returning resources to the biosphere.

Find out about suggestions to help you reuse, how you can recycle using University bins and learn about how you can save paper. It is best to follow the waste hierarchy:

  1. Prevent waste
  2. Prepare for reuse
  3. Recycle
  4. Recover

Only if none of the options above are possible should an item be disposed of.

First steps

Ordering and consuming less is the easiest way to cut down on waste. If you are ordering items then try and consolidate ordering so you use less packaging. You can do this by ordering less frequently, or ordering for the whole building, school or department.
You can consolidate your materials. Making an inventory or having a stationery amnesty, can make sure you don’t order excess and get the most out of your current things.

Waste and Recycling website Find out more about the Circular Economy Find out what students can do 

Join Warp It

Warp It logo
Warp It is the University's internal reuse network, an online platform similar to eBay that allows staff and PhD students within our organisation to redistribute surplus goods.

Reuse IT

PC reuse
Find out how your old computers and other IT equipment can be reused and what to do next.

Carry reusable items

KeepCup
From reusable coffee cups to bags for life, there are lots of ways to cut down on throw away packaging and single use items.

Know your recycling

recycling resource effeciency
Find out what can go in our bins, and how recycling works at the University.

Use less paper

Printer
Simple steps to avoid wasting paper in your working day.