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Recycling and waste management

Striving to minimise waste and increase recycling 

Our institutional activities produce a number of different waste streams, including recyclable materials (paper, glass, plastics, batteries and electrical/electronic equipment), general waste, clinical and hazardous waste. We have a legal obligation to ensure that all recyclable materials are recovered and that any residual waste is disposed of responsibly.

We are committed to:

  • minimising waste wherever possible: prioritising diversion from landfill with all non-recyclable materials sent for energy-from-waste treatment
  • working towards increasing the reuse and on-site recycling rates across the University
  • collecting and monitoring our waste data in order to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) targets and review our waste practices

How we are recycling and managing our waste

We have a number of facilities and processes in place to help students and staff dispose of a whole range of recyclable and non-recyclable waste from paper, cans and batteries to electronics, heavy goods and clinical waste. If you are a current student or staff member, please use the waste guides below to advise what and where you can recycle your waste on campus and what each bin accepts. For a print-friendly booklet file, or to advise of a change in a waste disposal arrangement, please email

Recycling and Municipal Waste Guide
Hazardous and Offensive Waste Guide

Future plans

We want to achieve the following goals:

  • 60% recycling rate of municipal waste across campus
  • Maintain a steady decline in waste produced on our estate
  • Increase the amount of waste that goes to reuse, upholding the principles of a ‘circular economy’
  • Zero waste to landfill policy