A-Z guide to waste
There are many different types of waste that the University produces, but much of it has the potential to be recycled or reused. The following guide lists how to dispose of items in order to maximise opportunities for reuse and recycling:
Aerosols - Empty aerosol cans cannot be recycled on campus. Please contact the Sustainability team if you have large quantities of aerosols to dispose of.
Aluminium cans/foil - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Asbestos - If you suspect that you have asbestos to dispose of please contact the Estate Office Helpdesk.
Batteries - Portable batteries can be taken to the battery collection points located in all libraries, Portland Building C floor, Psychology Building foyer, L2 Stores, Arts Centre, Computer Science Building, Clinical Sciences Building and King's Meadow reception. Large automotive or industrial batteries should be treated as hazardous waste.
Bicycles - Unwanted bikes can be donated to Framework's Bicycle Club. Wherever possible, bikes are recycled and passed on to a new owner; bikes that are past the point of saving are used for parts.
Books - Books of all types can be donated to the University’s Bookcrossing zone in the Portland Building, Hallward Library or Dearing Building either by leaving books in the donation box provided or by contacting the project administrator. Books can also be donated in bulk to Better World Books to raise funds for literacy projects.
Brochures - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Cardboard - Please use the mixed recycling bins. For large amounts of cardboard, please flatten any boxes and leave them in the designated area of your building to be collected by cleaning staff.
Carrier bags - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
CDs and DVDs - Please use the mixed recycling bins. The plastic cases that CDs and DVDs are usually stored in can also be placed in mixed recycling bins.
Chemicals - See Hazardous waste.
Cling film - Clean cling film can be disposed of in mixed recycling bins.
Clinical waste - If a contract is not in place within your School or Faculty, please contact the Sustainability team.
Clothes and textiles - Please use the textile banks found at Bring Sites. All donations are collected by British Heart Foundation and sold to raise funds for the charity.
Coffee cups - Please use general waste bins.
Computer equipment - A small proportion of redundant computer equipment is given to charity, but most is collected for recycling by the University's IT supplier. Read more about the process for requesting a PC disposal collection [UoN access only].
Confidential media (papers, audio tapes, video tapes, CDs, DVDs) - Contact the Estate Office Helpdesk to arrange collection of the media. They will be shredded securely and then recycled.
Drink cans - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Electrical appliances (excluding computer equipment) - In most cases, you can return old electrical and electronic equipment free of charge by using suppliers’ or manufacturers’ take-back schemes. If you are unable to trace their take-back scheme, contact the Estate Office Helpdesk to arrange collection of the equipment. Please specify the approximate quantity. It is illegal for the University to send waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) direct to landfill; it should be collected separately to enable reuse and recovery of materials.
Envelopes - Envelopes can either be reused if in good condition or placed in mixed recycling bins.
Floppy discs - Please use general waste bins.
Fluorescent tubes – Please contact the Estate Office Helpdesk to arrange collection, specifying the approximate quantity.
Food - Most of our catering outlets and halls of residence have food waste recycling bins. The material is converted into compost via anaerobic digestion.
Fridges / Freezers – Please contact the Estate Office Helpdesk to arrange collection, specifying the approximate quantity.
Furniture - Surplus good quality furniture, in a usable condition, can be listed on the WARPit reuse portal to enable it to be redistributed. Alternatively, the furniture can be collected and stored until needed for further use. Contact the Estate Office Helpdesk to arrange collection of the furniture, specifying the approximate quantity.
Glass - Glass can be recycled at Bring Sites situated around campus. There are also glass recycling bins at many halls of residence.
Hazardous waste - There are a number of contracts in place for the disposal of hazardous waste. For further details please contact the Sustainability team. View our Hazardous waste site registration numbers . For yellow waste at Sutton Bonington campus, please download the latest consignment note .
Ink cartridges - See Printer cartridges.
IT equipment - See Computer equipment.
Magazines and catalogues - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Metal - A skip can be arranged to dispose of large amounts of metal. Please contact the Estate Office Helpdesk.
Mobile phones - University mobile phones should be returned to Telephone Services in Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park, for recycling.
Newspaper - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Oil - This should be taken off site by the oil supplier. If you are unable to trace the supplier, please contact the Sustainability team.
Paper - Please use the mixed recycling bins or separate paper recycling bins.
Plastic - Please contact the Sustainability team to find out how to recycle large amounts of plastic waste.
Plastic bags - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Plastic bottles - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Printer cartridges - Consumables from print devices that are part of the UoN Print Service [UoN access only] are collected regularly by the Print Service Team to be remanufactured or recycled by Xerox. Ink / toner cartridges from obsolete printers can be left alongside the Xerox consumables to be collected by the Print Service team.
Ring binders - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Telephone directories - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Tetrapacks - Please use the mixed recycling bins.
Textiles - See Clothes and textiles.
Toner cartridges - See Printer cartridges.
White goods - See Electrical appliances.
Wood - A skip can be arranged to dispose of large amounts of wood. Please contact the Estate Office Helpdesk.