The University collects comprehensive waste management information; key performance indicators are generated annually and reported to HEFCE. The tables below give further information about the wastes generated across the estate and includes wastes generated by the Students' Union.
The table below gives the key waste management performance indicators for the non-residential waste and recycling. The subsequent tables provide further information.
Both the University and the Students Union stream some wastes at source for reuse, recycling and recovery. The existing office paper and card recycling scheme is gradually being replaced by a co-mingled recycling scheme.
General waste is sent to a materials recovery facility that currently recycles and recovers just over 90% of the waste processed.
The University manages waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy, wastes are only sent for incineration or to landfill when there are no other alternative disposal routes. Management information for chemical, asbestos and radioactive wastes were not collected and reported prior to 2012.
Until 2013 the waste generated at the residences and on campus were collected and disposed of by a different waste contractors. The general waste used to be sent for energy recovery at a local facility; however the waste is now sent to materials recovery facility.
The University’s construction projects generate a significant quantity of waste – much more than is generated on campus. Waste management information is collected for all construction projects over £250,000 in value.