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Waste & Recycling

The University has set out its waste reduction and recycling targets in the Environmental Sustainability Policy. This is supported by the Environmental Objectives & Actions Plan. 

We act in accordance with the waste hierarchy by prioritising waste reduction.

We have a number of water fountains located around campus and are proud to be part of the national Refill campaign – promoting locations at which you can refill your water bottle for free.  You can help reduce waste by using a reusable cup in any of our campus outlets – saving you 20p off the cost of any hot drink each time you use it.

We were the first university in the UK to introduce the Too Good to Go app for our outlets.  Sign up to access food which would otherwise go to waste – low cost meals and reducing food waste.

Student-owned items can be sent for reuse via the British Heart Foundation.  Collection bins are located by our halls of residence and in the Students’ Union all year round, as well as in key areas of the City during the main student move-out period. By donating items such as clothing, bedding, kitchenware and books that you no longer want, you can support the biggest funder of heart research in the UK. In summer 2018 we donated over 11.6 tonnes of items to this cause. 

Unwanted University-owned furniture is donated to local charities and organisations. For more information, please contact the Sustainability Adviser.

We segregate waste on site as General Waste or Recycled. Our General Waste goes to produce Energy from Waste whereas Recycling is reprocessed to create new products.  Zero non-hazardous waste is sent to landfill.  

There are General Waste and Recycling bins across the University. See the lists below for what should go in each bin:

General Waste


Blue roll, paper towels and tissues

Paper – including envelopes, magazines and newspapers

Coffee cups


Food waste  Plastic bottles 

Items contaminated by food

Tins and Cans (empty)

Crisp packets & sweet wrappers


Plastic packaging


If you are unsure how to dispose of an item, please contact the Sustainability Adviser.

Hazardous and Clinical Waste

Hazardous Waste

There are collection boxes around the Campus for printer cartridges and for batteries. University-owned Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) can be disposed of by contacting Campus Services.

Hazardous chemical waste and clinical waste require special collections. For more information please contact the Sustainability Adviser.


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