Lab Equipment Disposal

When disposing of equipment, remember the waste hierarchy to make the most of the resources – Reduce, Reuse Recycle.


Unwanted equipment that is in working order but is no longer needed can be added to WARP-it for others at the university to use.

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WARP-it a is a free online marketplace for redistributing resources. This can be anything from lab equipment to lab and office furniture.

More details

 UniGreen Scheme


Unused, obsolete, or even broken equipment, can be collected and resold by UniGreenScheme for free.


The profits from the revenue are shared with you and provide a report on the carbon impact. They collect all sorts of lab equipment from pipettes autoclaves. 

Find out more here.

WEEE waste

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 your building manager or 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.

Fridges and freezers 

Please contact your building manager or Estate Office Helpdesk to arrange collection of redundant fridges or freezers, specifying the approximate quantity.

Disposal cost is currently £45 for small fridges/freezers and £75 for large fridges/freezers.

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].

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD