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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: maintaining a zero-landfill policy with all non-recyclable materials sent for energy-from-waste treatment
  • working towards increasing the reuse and 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, you’ll find information on where you can recycle your waste and what each bin accepts on the intranet (login required).

Future plans

By 2020 we want to achieve the following goals:

  • Strive, through annual targets, to push reuse and recycling rates into new records for the institution (approximately 25% of general waste is recycled currently, we are aiming for 50%)
  • Reduce risks to the environment by disposing of all waste in a responsible and legally-compliant manner
  • Maintain a steady decline in waste produced on our estate
  • Continue a zero-landfill policy (currently 0% of our waste goes to a landfill site)
  • Reduce waste-associated fines and taxes