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What happens to University waste?

The University encourages reducing, recycling and reusing as part of our commitment to the environment and sustainability.

Here you can find out more about what happens to University waste, including information about our latest recycling figures, what to put in the different bins on campus, where our food waste goes and initiatives around paper cup and toner cartridge recycling.

Domestic Waste Management

Veolia Environmental Services are the University's domestic/general waste contractor.

Veolia have conducted a number of audits across all of our campuses to identify improvements to management of the waste streams and suggestions have been implemented where possible.

Below shows the waste and recycling figures collated throughout 2019 (1 Jan-31 Dec 2019)


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



What is General Waste?


We recycle mixed glass within our Halls of Residence waste streams.

Food waste recycling

We separate all our food waste on our campuses and this is collected by Veolia.  We also recycle our cooking oil via Olleco which is converted into renewable energy.



We have a Compact BioWhale system supplied by Organic Waste Logistics at the Telford campus whereby the vacuum system collects, processes and stores food waste hygienically on site. The waste is then collected and delivered to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted into renewable energy in the form of biogas and organic fertiliser. 

Paper Cup Recycling

The challenge for paper cup recycling is in the inner polyethylene liner, which makes recycling difficult, but it can be done.  You can drop off your disposable paper cups in Starbucks Licenced Store (Millennium Building, City Campus) for them to recycle.  This store follows 7 waste streams for recycling which include, Plastic, Cardboard, Food Waste, General Waste, Paper Cups, Aluminium Canisters & Expresso Capsules.

Printer Toners

All used MFD (Multi-Functional Devices) toner cartridges should be returned to Digital Print Services in MKb Building, they are returned to Ricoh for recycling.

Confidential Waste & WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

Restore Data Shred Ltd collect our confidential paper waste and recycle it to produce other reusable products such as tissues and recycled copy paper.

The WEEE waste is all collected by Recycle IT 4 U you must contact Campus Operations and fill in a WEEE-Collection-Request

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. We have 15 location points/boxes on campus for disposal of household batteries. We are part of a battery compliance scheme with a company called Ecobat. Please see attached document for your nearest locations and what you can do. 

Batteries disposal procedure Jan 2020 (Word doc 113k)

If you have any questions about our waste management please contact or (for facilities).