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Environment and Energy


The University's Overarching aim

To minimise and actively manage waste through elimination, reduction, reuse and recycling.


  • To send zero non-hazardous waste to landfill by 2020.

  • To achieve continuous year-on-year reductions in waste arising per FTE staff and students.

  • To recycle at least 95% of total waste produced at the University by 2016.

An interim waste management plan aims to monitor progress and take action towards meeting the above targets.

What can you do to help cut waste and recycle at the University?

How can we help you?

The Environment & Energy section can offer advice and guidance on recycling, or a comprehensive 'waste and recycling audit' to help you identify simple areas for improvement. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Waste & Recycling - guidance on improving your department or building's performance

Waste & Recycling Guidance Document

Recycling at the University changed in July 2016 with a new waste and recycling system coming into effect. To coincide with the change, the Environment & Energy section carried out research into the best ways to promote good recycling practices in University departments and buildings. Read the comprehensive guide to waste & recycling which provides a complete checklist for improving recycling in your department, supplemented by best practice guidance gathered from across the University estate.

A brief overview of the University's waste contract:

Give your unwanted items and new home

WARPit is an online marketplace to help redistribute resources legally and conveniently within the University for free. It is designed to make it easy for staff to find others with spare items - reducing procurement spend. It also helps staff who are disposing of “stuff” to find new owners - saving on waste disposal costs.

We used WARPit for the first time following a recent major refit of one of our labs/office areas. We had no end of redundant office furniture to get rid of; as a result of us putting it on the WARPit site (which is very easy by the way) 100% of this furniture was reused throughout many different departments in the University. WARPit is an excellent idea. Colin Weir, Facilities Team Leader at CRUK

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Want to reduce waste in your department?

There are many small but impactful actions you can take in your department to reduce waste, increase recycling and create a culture of sustainability. Visit our spotlight on waste webpages for ideas, or sign up to Green Impact which provides departments and colleges a framework for action.