Waste management

We are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. We work with our suppliers and contractors to divert over 99 per cent of our waste from landfill while recycling over 52 per cent.

How we sort our waste

To help staff, students and visitors sort waste on our campuses more easily, we have recently moved towards segregation across three waste streams:

  • Mixed, general waste and recycling
  • Glass
  • Food waste.

We have chosen this method as it limits the potential for contamination of waste streams which can reduce recycling rates. Instead, the waste undergoes a further segregation process off-site to ensure each material can be recovered separately and sent for further processing.

Key successes

Other successful measures we have taken include:

  • We have introduced a 5p cup charge for disposable coffee cups bought in our catering outlets. This has saved over 44,000 cups from being sent to landfill. The proceeds from this charge are sent to charity.
  • The introduction of food waste bins in our residences has resulted in a 30 per cent increase in year-on-year food waste disposal, reducing contamination of other waste streams.
  • The introduction of Vegware compostable cutlery, plates and cups has significantly reduced the use of single use plastics across our campus.

What's next?

We are currently working on schemes to increase the recycling of furniture on campus while making our waste segregation schemes more visible. We are also working with suppliers to reduce packaging waste, improve reporting of construction waste and ensure that furniture and appliances left by students at the end of semester are re-used, re-purposed or given to charity.


Progress on waste and recycling is reported quarterly at our Catering and Waste Working Group. To find out more about our various working groups, visit our governance page