The University manages waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy, which ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment.
In practice we
- Try to prevent generating waste,
- Have developed initiatives and use supplier takeback schemes to reuse some items,
- Stream materials at source for recycling where practical to do so,
- Send general waste to a materials recovery facility,
- Send non-recyclable wastes for energy recovery in preference to disposal,
- Only landfill and incinerate wastes that we are legally obliged to.
The table below sets out what happens to waste that is collected separately by the University
Waste sent for disposal
|Recycling / recovery schemes
Paper and card / co-mingled
Fisher packaging and Winchester
General waste, co-mingled recycling and Materials Recovery Facilities
Space across the campus is very limited so we have opted for a co-mingled recycling scheme where all our recycling goes in the same bin. This means that we have a two bin system – one is a recycling bin and the other is a general waste bin.
Both our general waste and co-mingled recycling are sent to materials recovery facilities (MRF) for further processing.
It is always preferable to sort waste at source - the quality of the material is higher and can be remade into higher value / quality materials. It also means that more of the material will be recycled rather than recovered (i.e. energy recovery).
We send our general waste to a dirty MRF. We do not use a dirty MRF to avoid sorting our waste at source; we use it in addition to the recycling schemes we operate. This ensures that as much of our waste is recovered as possible.
The MRF that we currently use applies the principles of the waste hierarchy – paper, card, plastic, glass, polythene and metals are all streamed out of the waste, baled and sold on for reprocessing. Waste that cannot be recycled is sent for energy recovery and a small amount is sent to landfill for disposal.
The facility that we use currently sends about 90% of the waste processed on for recycling and recovery.