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We are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling our items and to this end a number of initiatives and policies are in place across the University. Reducing waste is also a commitment in our Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy and Action Plan with detailed Key Performance Indicators.


Numerous areas of the University have identified opportunities for reducing the volume of waste produced. These include paperless initiatives, the provision of reusable bags to students by a number of colleges and the YUM initiative whereby customers may save 20p off the cost of any hot drink by supplying their own mug. Staff and students also have the opportunity to purchase a 'keep cup' from any University catering outlet, and in doing so receive a free hot drink.


  • WARPit - is our electronic portal for waste and the reuse of furniture and equipment. This scheme enables the sharing of resources within the University.
  • Green Move Out - our award-winning Reuse Scheme for students' unwanted items.


We have put a number of measures in place to make recycling at the University as easy as possible. These include:

  • Colour-coded internal bins located around the University.
  • An external recycling station located outside the Bill Bryson Library.
  • Colour-coded Recycling Guide Posters placed by each bin providing information on which items can go in which bin. Specific posters have been created for some areas such as YUM, Libraries and self-catering colleges.
  • A comprehensive Recycle and Reuse Database providing information on how to dispose of items not suitable for the University's normal recycling bins.
  • Procedures to help our staff and students know what to do in relation to different waste streams including batteries, printer cartridges, abandoned bicycles, secure shredding and WEEE.
  • Participation in national initiatives such as Love Food Hate Waste.

Diversion from landfill

Biffa now divert collected waste from landfill by instead using it to create energy.

Waste and Recycling Figures

Currently, we recycle 'at source' around 52% of our waste.

Waste Awareness

We run an annual Waste Awareness Week that aims to encourage waste prevention and correct recycling practices.

Recycling station outside Bill Bryson Library