Find out how to deal with most types of waste generated at the University
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Anatomical waste (secured)
Anatomical waste is human tissue, blood or body fluids, including heavily soaked materials e.g. swabs and dressings.
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Animal carcass waste (secured)
Animal tissue, blood and body fluid as well as small and medium carcasses, or heavily soaked materials (e.g. swabs, dressings).
Ash from the burning of organic or non-organic material.
Baths, sinks, showers, toilets and similar ceramics.
Nickel cadmium, Mercury and Lead-acid batteries are hazardous and require special uplift.
Rechargeable batteries can be safely reused until they stop recharging. Once this has happened, they must be treated as hazardous waste and require special uplift.
Bedding, such as duvets, sheets, covers and similar.
Unwanted books of any kind.
Various building materials, such as clay, plaster, concrete, cement, tiles, bricks, stones and similar.
Various items made of cardboard, large and small, such as packaging, boxes, birthday cards and similar.
Carpets and rugs, including carpet tiles.
Order replacement cartridge recycling boxes from Office Depot via the PECOS system.
Cartridges that are damaged or broken need to be wrapped in order to ensure that the contents do not leak.
Chemical waste is a waste that is made from harmful chemicals (may or may not be hazardous).
Coffee cups are made out of a variety of material. Some are reusable, some are compostable but no single-use cups are recyclable within the University's recycling bins
How to deal with a redundant computer (desktop or laptop)
Small scale confidential waste: papers, CDs, DVDs and tapes and that contain sensitive information.
Corks and products made from cork
All food and compostable material including compostable packaging such as Vegware.
Recyclable glass includes clear, brown and green glass arising from bottles, jars and glass containers.
Spent inhalers used for personal reasons.
Once you've separated it out, unsolicited or unwanted marketing mailings can be placed in your Mixed Recycling bin at work, or at home in your paper and/or packaging bins.
Lead tubs, lead lined isotope tubs.
Metal items such as signs, metal sinks, pipes, keys, locks and similar.
Metal shelving units, filing cabinets and other metal furniture.
Items that are not generally recyclable, including polystyrene, coffee cups, paper towels, composite materials (wrappers), mixed materials (sculptures, moulds), cigarettes
Oil waste and oil-soaked items
All non-edible waste oil (e.g. machine engine and lubricating oils - whether mineral, synthetic or readily-biodegradable) and oil-soaked items (e.g. oily rags, oil filters, etc.) that are hazardous.
All office and newspaper for example post-its, office paper, coloured paper, magazines, journals, catalogues, phone books, yellow pages, envelopes (not padded).
Plants and soil
Compostable materials, such as dead plants, leaves, pruning and similar, as well as uncontaminated soil or soil not arising from experiments.
Plastic packaging, packing material, plastic bottles, plastic pots and other plastics marked with recycling numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Polystyrene and other plastics marked with recycling numbers 6 and 7.
Any of the following : needles, scalpel blades, small pieces of glass (including glass slides), syringe bodies (unused or fully discharged).
Metal tins such as paint tins (e.g. containing NON-food or drinks related products)
Solid wood, such as pallets, wood crates, broken solid wood furniture.