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 dispose of an item if none of the above is possible.

First steps

Know your bins

Visit the Waste Office's 'know your bins' page to find out what you can dispose of in which bin to increase the quantity and quality of recycling.

Find out where to put a specific item If you’re not sure in which bin to put something, search this page for the item to find out. If you are unsure, contact the Waste Office.
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.
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 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 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

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

Use less paper

Simple steps to avoid wasting paper in your working day.

Take things further

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 Office.

Contact the Waste Office

Set up a Terracycle point

Terracycle points can be used to recycle items that cannot go in normal University recycling bins like crisp packets, biscuit wrappers and gloves. If you don't want to set up a point yourself, you can also find out where your nearest point is.

Find out more about Terracycle

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