Directorate of Estates and Facilities

Waste management

The University is committed to the development of sustainable waste management practices and embedding the principles of the waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle) throughout our activities.

Our priority is to change the way our staff and students view waste, we want to see waste as a resource. In order to do this we are focussing on reducing the amount of waste we produce in the first place. You can help with this by asking yourself whether you really need something before you buy it, and by thinking about what you will do with items once you no longer need them.

A big part of this is reuse, the university has a successful Furniture Reuse Store and IT reuse centre. We encourage our staff to make use of these facilities before buying new items.

We also provide a variety of recycling facilities across the campus, if you are unsure of how to dispose of something please see our A-Z of waste types to find out the correct process.

Where disposal of waste is the only viable option, we actively seek to use more sustainable treatment technologies to reduce waste sent to landfill. Our current waste contract diverts over 90% of general/residual* waste from landfill using various waste treatment technologies (MBT/AD).

Our most recent waste statistics* are:

2014/15 Academic Year

  • Total Waste Produced: 6,720 tonnes
  • Total Waste Recycled: 1,612 tonnes (29%)

* the waste that is left after various recyclates have been collected at source.

To find out more about our approach to waste management and what you can do to help, please visit the 10,000 Actions website.