FAQ on recycling

What can go in the paper recycling bin?

All types of paper are acceptable; coloured, newspapers, magazines,  envelopes and copier paper. Anything laminated is not okay because this is treated to change the nature of the material

What can go in the DMR? (Dry Mixed Recyclates)

Drinks cans, washed food cans, plastic milk bottles, water bottles, rinsed soap / cleaning product containers, small amount of cardboard and small amount of paper, small amount of glass.

Definitely NO to liquids and food waste. PLEASE NOTE THAT COFFEE CUPS FROM THE ON SITE RETAILERS ARE CURRENTLY NOT RECYCLABLE AND MUST GO INTO GENERAL WASTE

What is general waste?

General waste is everything that doesn’t fit into either the paper or DMR bin. So it includes; food, food packaging, polystyrene, hard plastic e.g. files/folders, paper clips, used tissues, etc.

What about copier toner& printer cartridges?

Some departments have boxes to store these in and they are recycled by either the stationery contractor or by local charity. You can also send them back to the supplier (address& postage label normally in the contents box) or post it via internal mail to print services who also collect on behalf of everyone (thank you print services)

What do I do with batteries?

Batteries must be disposed of as hazardous waste and must not go into general waste. They damage the environment if they go to landfill. Local supermarkets offer collection points for spent batteries.

Are we going to separate food waste in the future?

We are already separating out food waste at Walsall and Telford campuses and plan to extend this to Wolverhampton City campus in the future.

Plans are also in place to install a new BioWhale system at Telford campus. The vacuum system collects, processes and stores food waste hygeinically on site. The waste is then collected and delivered to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted into renewable energy in the form fo biogas and organic fertiliser.