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Waste and recycling

Environmental impact chart

Waste can be defined as Any substance  or object the holder discards, intends to discard or is required to discard”. Managing the disposal of waste is a  major economic, social and environmental challenge!  

The disposal of waste is no longer a  choice between recycling or landfill, in fact it’s no longer a matter of  choice.  The University’s policies and  procedures are driven by numerous pieces of legislation - ‌ but in particular there is now a legal responsibility to apply  the waste hierarchy, which is:


To REDUCE the amount of waste we produce.

To REUSE resources or pass them to others to do so.

To RECYCLE by segregating materials which cannot be reused.

To RECOVER energy from materials which can’t be recycled.

To DISPOSE of resources to landfill only as a last resort.


As part of the University’s Environmental Policy and Environmental Standards, all staff and students now have a responsibility to adopt this hierarchy. Further information on each hierarchy stage can be seen by following the above links.

The University sets Objectives and Targets to manage its waste and mitigate its environmental impact and these, along with how they are delivered are detailed in the Waste (Resource) Management Strategy.

Summary Performance History:

The following table shows how the University has performed over recent years. 

Summary Performance History - Total Waste

As can be seen excellent progress is being made in increasing recycling and energy recovery whilst reducing waste to landfill, but at least 75% of the waste produced on campus could be segregated on site for recycling. This would both save the University money and allow our contractor to focus on further segregation from the resultant waste.


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