Recycling and Waste Management
The University aims to achieve a 70% (on average) recycling rate with zero landfill; our average recycling rate increased from 41% in 2011 to 82% by 2014. Most of the waste you put in the bin will be recycled, so please don't throw away food or liquids - food waste goes into split (Meridian) bins and food caddies instead.
Food waste caddies: Food waste doesn't include food packaging. Use food bins for any uneaten food, fruit skins and cores, office plant trimmings, used napkins and tissues. Food waste is anaerobically digested - you can find out more about the process here.
Food residue in standard bins: A bit of food residue on waste is ok; for all items, overall residue levels should be only small amounts that won't cover other items in the bin.
Broken/sharp items: In order to avoid injuries we'd be grateful if any broken, sharp objects are placed in the external metal bins rather than the office bins. Please contact the Caretakers via Estates Helpdesk on x6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens to waste once it's collected?
Our waste contactor has a waste facility in the UK that's able to sort and recover all recyclables from mixed office waste, with the exception of food. Materials that aren't recyclable go to a waste-to-energy plant so that all waste is safely disposed of. Recycling saves valuable materials from going to landfill awhile avoiding the extraction and use of virgin raw materials, saving energy and resources.
Contact us at email@example.com if the item you need to dispose of isn't listed below.
|Type of waste||Where to put it|
|Aerosol||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Aluminium foil/tray||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Banana skin||Food Caddies/Meridian black section|
|Battery||Caretaker/building reception (battery bucket);
***9v battery terminals must be covered with insulating tape***
|Blu tack||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Broken, sharp objects||Do not put in internal bins, dispose of in external metal bins - contact caretaker if needed.|
|Cardboard (plain/waxed/plastic/coated)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Cardboard box/tube||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Carrier bag||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Carton (juice, milk and so on)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Cartridge (printer)||Recycle through your department purchasing staff or use the drop off points for Rowans Hospice charity: St Andrews - IS Admin office, Portland - Open Access office, Richmond - with Service Delivery Advisors in the store.|
|Chemicals||Department waste protocol/contact Estates if in doubt|
|Chewing gum||Food Caddies/Meridian black section OR wrap (in paper or otherwise), place in Standard bin/Meridian Green section.|
|Clinical waste||Department waste protocol/contact Estates if in doubt|
|Coffee grounds||Food Caddies/Meridian black section|
|Computer||Request collection: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Crisp packet||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Drink can (emptied of liquid)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Egg carton||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Electrical waste||Request collection: email@example.com|
|Envelope||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|First aid materials||Bag as usual, dispose of in Femwaste bins (in female & disabled toilets)|
|Fish (inc. bones)||Food Caddies/Meridian black section|
|Foil||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Furniture||Request collection: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Glass bottle/jar (all colours)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Glass, broken||Do not put in internal bins, dispose of in external green metal bins - contact caretaker if needed.|
|Hoover bag, full||Caretaker|
|IT equipment||Request collection: email@example.com|
|Kitchen roll||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Lever-arch file (broken)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Margarine tub||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Meat (inc. bones)||Food Caddies/Meridian black section|
|Newspaper||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Paper (plain/printed)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Paper plate||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Pencils/pencil shavings||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Plants & leaves (office plants only)||Food Caddies/Meridian black section|
|Plastic bottle (emptied of liquid)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Plastic container||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Polystyrene||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Sachet (empty, with some residue is ok)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Salad bowl (plastic)||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Shredded paper||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Stamps (used)||Send to Sarah Day at the Union (for Canine Partners Charity)|
|Staples||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Tea bags||Food Caddies/Meridian black section|
|Tissues||Food Caddies/Meridian black section, can also be placed in Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Yoghurt pot||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Tetra pack||Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
|Toner||Most are refillable. For those that aren't: Return to supplier OR wrap or box and place in Standard bin/Meridian Green section|
Recycling and waste management Statistics
Microchips on bins allow weight data per bin to be provided on a monthly basis. The more we recycle, the more money we save. Recycling rates per building can usually then be calculated and monitored - see our Performance page for more information.