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Waste Management

At the beginning of 2019 we changed our waste management contractor, since then our general waste, recyclable materials and food waste are collected and processed separately. It is important to avoid contamination of the recyclable material, which includes no black bags or carrier bags allowed. Please also ensure bottles are emptied of liquids to avoid contaminating the recyclable waste. The poster below illustrates what can go in the recycling bins.

The Sustainability Unit is responsible for the monitoring and measuring the University’s waste. The Waste & Recycling Officer manages the waste contract and monitors the amount of waste being produced on site. Opportunities for reducing the amount of waste produced in the first instance are outlined in the Waste Management Strategy . For the last 5 years we have consistently achieved a zero waste to landfill target, with any residual waste that cannot be reused or recycled being used to produce energy.

The University aims to reduce the tonnage of waste produced and increase our recycling rates as detailed below:

  • 50% of all waste recycled by 2020
  • 65% of all waste recycled by 2025
  • 75% of all waste recycled by 2030

Crisp packets, confectionary wrappers and coffee cups are to be disposed of in the general waste bins, alternatively if you are in any of the University Libraries or catering outlets you will find specific recycling points for Crisp packets, confectionary wrappers and coffee cups!

During the 2019/2020 academic year, the University recycled a total of 56.55% of waste created. This is ahead of the 50% target by 2020, but we need to continue to work hard to achieve our 65% target by 2025.