Waste: what you can do

By managing your waste, you can help to decrease the impact that the University’s operations have on the environment, by reducing the waste we create and send to landfill.

Reduce waste

  • Reusable coffee cups from Portland Coffee Co and University of NottinghamUse a ceramic mug for tea / coffee in your office, instead of getting a drink in a takeaway cup from a cafe to take back to your desk.
  • Keep a reusable cup with you for hot drinks on the go to avoid using disposable cups.
  • Refill a water bottle instead of buying a new bottle every time – there are water coolers across campus for you to fill up at. 
  • Reduce your paper consumption by printing on both sides of the paper and printing several pages / slides to a 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.
  • 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.
  • Ask suppliers to take back unwanted packaging for reuse.
  • Make use of the British Heart Foundation donation points on and off campus.
  • Sell your old text books to Blackwell's as part of their Second-Hand Buy Back scheme.
  • Check out the University's Bookcrossing zone before buying new books.
  • Reuse old printouts as scrap paper where possible.
  • Use old envelopes for sending internal mail.

Recycle/compost items

  • There are mixed recycling bins in offices, libraries 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.


Posters for internal bins [PDF]

The relevant poster should be placed in the poster holder attached to the bin.



Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD