Waste and Recycling

Did you know…?

Birmingham City University and the Waste Hierarchy

Environment 15

Prevention: Recycling is great but not as good as preventing waste in the first instance! There is still energy involved in recycling our waste. Here’s a few simple ways you can make a difference:

  • Can you reduce the amount you print and go electronic instead?
  • Instead of using disposable cups every time you have a hot drink, why not bring in your own mug or Keep Cup? From September 2018, there will be a 15p discount on hot drinks served in Birmingham City University coffee outlets if you do this.

Minimization: We are working with our suppliers to minimise the amount of waste on campus, working with our caterers to reduce waste at the source, and finding opportunities for improvement to reduce general waste further.

Reuse: Birmingham City University are working on a number of initiatives to help students re-use, repair and swap items. More information will be coming soon.

  • Check out the Swop Shop Events for students of the Birmingham School of Art.
  • To sell, swap or buy in Birmingham, check out the following page.
  • We also work with the British Heart Foundation who take donations of unwanted clothing, bedding, and kitchen-wear from our halls of residence (University Locks) during term-time. Contact your local accommodation reception team for more information.  

Recycling: The following items can currently be recycled across our campuses:

 

Batteries

Batteries can be placed in the battery recycling points around the campuses, located in the building reception areas.

Cans/Tins

Empty tins and cans can be recycled in the relevant bins at any recycle point around the campuses.

Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard can be recycled. Please flatten boxes where possible, and store these by the recycling bins for collection.

Food Waste

Food waste can be recycled in the Food Waste recycling bins (you can also put tea bags in here). This will be sent for Anaerobic Digestion and will produce energy. Please ensure that ONLY food waste goes into these bins.

Furniture

For large projects, furniture will be redistributed and reused. Where possible, broken furniture is stripped and the metal and wood is sent for recycling. If there is unwanted furniture across the campuses that can be re-used, please contact Help Desk.

Green Waste

This is recycled in the designatedgreen waste bins.

Glass Bottles/ Jars

Glass recycling points are available for areas of the University with regular glass waste.

Paper

Paper can be recycled in the designated paper bins, and confidential waste in the confidential bins.

Milk Bottles

Milk bottles can be recycled. Please rinse and crush empty bottles to save space and put these in the plastic bottle recycling bins.

Plastic Bottles

Empty plastic bottles can be put in the designated plastic recycling bins across the campuses.

Uniforms

Uniforms that have not been used can be kept within your department for re-use. For items that are no longer required, all logos MUST be removed first and can be collected by the British Heart Foundation. Call 0121 212 1192 to arrange a collection.

Wood

Wood can be recycled. Please put this in the designated skips. For other one off/irregular wood recycling needs. To order a wood skip, please submit a Help Deskrequest.

Energy Recovery: We are committed to sending zero waste to landfill, so all of our general waste is sent for energy recovery.

Disposal: The University is committed to managing its waste in such a way as to comply with all relevant legislation, ensuring our waste does not pose a hazard to human health or the environment.

Further Guidance

We are working on an A-Z Waste and Recycling Guide which will describe where you can recycle, re-use or dispose of your waste safely and in harmony with the environment. This will be available soon.

We welcome all suggestions from staff and students on improving our reuse and recycling schemes. To get in touch, contact environment@bcu.ac.uk.