Recycling and Waste Disposal


In 2012/13 the University generated nearly 900 tonnes of waste, the equivalent of 200 African Elephants! Only around 20% of this waste was recycled, meaning that most of it ended up being burned to generate energy or landfill - see what we found being sent to landfill in our building waste audits!

The University’s Environmental Sustainability Policy commits us to make efficient use of resources to reduce waste and increase reuse and recycling.  The Waste Management Strategy and Policy sets targets to reduce waste sent to landfill and increase recycling.

The University has Duty of Care to dispose of waste responsibly and there are legal requirements which must be met for disposal of general waste and recycling and disposal of hazardous waste.

The University has facilities to recycle a number of different wastes and also has composting facilities for food waste.

Wastes classified as ‘hazardous waste’ can include batteries, fluorescent lights, televisions and computer monitors, printer cartridges and oily rags as well as chemicals and solvent based materials (including empty containers).

These wastes must not be disposed of in general waste bins. To determine whether a waste is hazardous and for disposal information, see Hazardous Waste Management.

We want to encourage staff and students to:

Reduce  ⇒  Reuse  ⇒  Recycle  ⇒    Dispose responsibly

For information on how to reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of your waste responsibly please click on the relevant link above.

Do you need a recycling bin for your office, or require any further information? Please ring us on 0161 295 4444 or email

If you have any questions or need any help or advice please call the Estates Facilities Helpdesk on 0161 295 4444

Other useful resources:

Information on recycling cartridges: