Recycling and resource efficiency
University’s current targets are to increase the proportion of waste recycled by 3% annually, to reduce waste sent to landfill by 3% annually, and to send zero biodegradable waste to landfill by 2020.
It is best to follow the waste hierarchy:
- Prevent waste
- Prepare for reuse
Only if none of the above are possible should an item be disposed of. Here are some ways to help you stick to these guidelines.
In 2012-13, the University diverted 84% of of it’s waste from academic and support buildings away from landfill. That’s about 3,000 tonnes.
|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.|
|Cut down on single use items.||Try crockery, Bags for Life or Keep Cups (available at Accommodation Services catering outlets and the University shop) to avoid using wasteful disposable cups and packaging.|
Our standard recycling bins are never more than about 10 steps away in any University building.
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If you’re not sure where to put something, search this page to find out quickly.
only in places with lots of waste paper
currently only in cafés
Taking things further
|Sign up to our online portal called Warp It.||
Here you can post and claim items that still have a life. Please contact us if you'd like a 'found on Warp It' sticker to put on your items.
|Become or elect a waste and recycling coordinator.||
Training and support is available.
|Work with your friends and colleagues to reduce food waste.||
You can organise fridge checks, share food and order less catering. Discuss your options for food waste recycling by contacting the Waste team.
Dispose of an old computer
An old incubator finds a new lease of life
Easter Bush water bottle project
More information about recycling and resource efficiency is available at the University's Waste and Recycling website.
University of Edinburgh uses circular economy thinking to tackle a zero waste drive (University Facilities Management, October 2015)