Waste: What you can do

Student recycling at nodeBy managing your waste, you can help to decrease the impact that the University’s operations have on the environment, by reducing the waste we send to landfill.

Reduce waste

  • Use a ceramic mug for tea / coffee in your office, instead of getting a drink in a paper cup from a cafe to take back to your desk. Even better, use a thermal travel mug for hot drinks on the go to cut out paper cups altogether.
  • Reduce your paper consumption by printing on both sides of the paper, printing several pages / slides to a page, and reducing the margin and font sizes to get more text on the page.
  • Only print what you need to – could you read that document on screen rather than producing a paper copy?
  • Use ‘Track Changes’ in Word, instead of printing and marking on changes – this also saves time for document amendments.
  • Scan and email instead of photocopying and sending in the post – it’s quicker and saves paper and envelopes.
  • Write on both sides of the pages in a notebook, to reduce your paper consumption.
  • When purchasing new items, look for durable items that are built to last, can easily be repaired and do not have excessive packaging.

Reuse items

  • Buy rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones.
  • Refill a water bottle instead of buying a new bottle every time / using a plastic cup – there are water cooler facilities across campus for you to fill up at. 
  • Ask suppliers to take back unwanted packaging for reuse.
  • Check out the University's Bookcrossing zone before buying new books.
  • Reuse old print outs as scrap paper where possible.
  • Use old envelopes for sending internal mail.

Recycle/compost items

  • There are mixed recycling bins in all offices, foyers, corridors and cafes on campus, where you can recycle paper, card, plastics, and tins.
  • In cafes, you can recycle corn starch plates and food waste (anything biodegradable) in the green food waste bins – this waste is sent for composting.
  • Batteries can be recycled at the collection points located in all libraries.
  • Glass can be recycled in the external ‘bring sites’ located throughout campus. See where these are located by using our recycling point maps.

Useful links

Find out what else can be recycled with our A-Z of waste 

Read more greener living tips PDF format

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD