Sustainability
   
   
  

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 99% in 2017/18 (includes recovery by the waste contractor). We want to do more - and with your help we can.

We're reducing landfill waste by...

  • Working with contractors to reduce waste during construction projects
  • Reusing spare furniture
  • Hosting bookcrossing zones
  • Encouraging the use of reusable water bottles and cups rather than disposable options
  • Running end of year Pack for Good scheme for students to donate unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation and local foodbanks
  • Recycling IT equipment through our IT supplier [UoN access only]
  • Providing lots of recycling points on campus
  • Running battery recycling scheme for portable batteries
  • Composting around 500 tonnes of garden waste each year, to reuse within the campus grounds as soil improver
  • Composting food waste from halls of residence and catering outlets
 

 

Reduce

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

Good purchasing checklist
[UoN access only]

Reuse

When you no longer need an item, consider whether it could be reused by someone else. This includes packaging too!

 

Find out more about our furniture reuse scheme

Recycle

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.

Unsure if it can be recycled? Check our A-Z of waste

 

 

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Email: sustainability@nottingham.ac.uk