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.
The University aims to recycle at least 70% of its waste (by weight) with none of it going to landfill. The Library exceeds 80% recycling on average.