Waste and recycling

Cardboard cup against leaves

The university works hard, with both staff and students, to manage our waste seeking opportunities to reduce waste, maximise reuse, increase recycling and divert waste from landfill at every opportunity. With the rising costs of a limited landfill and the ongoing effects of pollution across the world, it is as important now as it ever has been to ensure we are reducing our environmental impact through our action.

Correctly managing waste is significantly important in today’s society. Not only is it the socially responsible thing to do but in many cases there are specific legal requirements for the correct disposal of certain (hazardous and clinical) waste streams. In all cases, for the University as a business, there is a legal requirement to demonstrate that we have applied the waste hierarchy, (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover) to all the waste we generate. This is reflected in the University’s Environmental Policy and the Waste Strategy which supports this and therefore all staff and students as well as our campus partners are required to support this by correctly segregating the waste we generate. 

Recycling waste correctly helps protect the environment by reducing litter and the need for raw materials, reduced water consumption as well as reducing air and water pollution. Recycling also saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.