Waste and recycling

The University of Nottingham produces around 3,000 tonnes of waste each year. Historically the majority of this has gone to landfill, but we have worked hard to reduce the waste we produce and maximise recycling. As a result, we’ve significantly increased our recycling rate from 5% in 2005 to 85% in 2012 (includes recovery by the waste contractor). We want to do more and with your help we can – find out how you can be involved.

We've put together a short guide on the University's waste streams and what happens to waste once it leaves our campuses. You can find out more about what happens to plastic in our waste streams.

We're reducing waste by...

  • Recycling Bring Site on campusOperating lots of recycling points across our campuses
  • Composting food waste from halls of residence and catering outlets
  • Composting around 500 tonnes of garden waste each year, to reuse within the campus grounds as soil improver
  • Reusing spare furniture
  • Recycling IT equipment through our IT supplier [UoN access only]
  • Running battery recycling scheme for portable batteries
  • Working with contractors to reduce waste during construction projects
  • Running end of year Pack for Good scheme for students to donate unwanted items to the British Heart foundation and local foodbanks

The 3 Rs

Postgraduate student working on laptop in the Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus


The best way to stop sending waste to landfill is to stop producing so much waste in the first place! Think before you buy resources and try to reduce the amount of consumables you use.


When you no longer need an item, consider whether it could be reused by someone else.


Even if an item has been reused lots of times, sometimes the product comes to a natural end. Instead of disposing of this item to landfill, please recycle it instead. Recycling items means that new products can be made out of used materials.



Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD