Environmental Sustainability


Waste

We want to ensure that we manage our resources efficiently, through following the waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle) with a priority focus on reduction of waste at source and reuse. Examples of this include reducing the amount that we purchase through informed decision making and expanding our successful internal reuse and sharing schemes.

We want to change the way we 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.

Once you no longer need an item we ask staff and students to dispose of waste responsibly. Our source segregated recycling rate (what we separate ourselves into bins on campus) is around 35%. You can help us increase this by using the correct bins for your waste.

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).

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

Reduce: Ask yourself whether you really need something before you buy it. Can you share items such as equipment with colleagues? Can you help reduce the amount of food wasted in your area?

Reuse: We have a successful Furniture Reuse Store and IT reuse centre. We encourage our staff to make use of these facilities before buying new items.

Recycle: to find out how we recycle on campus please see our recycling videos. If you are unsure of how to recycle something visit our A-Z of waste types.

Waste is one of six themes in 10,000 Actions. Visit 10,000 Actions to learn more and to create your waste action plan.

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Did you know?

We produce over 4,500 tonnes of waste through our day to day operations (not including construction) annually.

We have a list of frequently asked questions for staff and students.