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Waste and Recycling

The UK as a whole produces more than 434 million tonnes of waste every year and annually UK households produce enough rubbish to fill 3.5 million double-decker buses, a queue of which would stretch from London to Sydney and back again!

(Figures from Waste Online)

Our current position

In 2016/17 we produced 499 tonnes of waste from our day-to-day activities on our campuses - equivalent to the weight of 142 elephants!

Zero water to landfill commitment

The University has committed to sending zero waste to landfill through its central waste contract and we achieved this for the first time during 2012 through working closely with our waste contractor. The vast majority of our waste is now reused or recycled with any residual waste being recovered through waste-to-energy.

Recycling facilities

At present we provide recycling facilities on all our sites for the following materials through our central contracts managed by our Campus Management and Services Team:

  • White paper
  • Confidential waste
  • Books, journals and pamphlets without plastic covers
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cans
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Wood
  • Metals
  • Batteries
  • Toners and cartridges
  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • Bulbs
  • CDs
  • Mobile phones

Recycling bins are available for some materials, eg paper, plastics, and dry mixed recycling and in the case of all other materials staff can contact Campus Services to arrange collections from their department or school.

Further separation of our general waste is also undertaken at our contractors' site.

What we will be doing in the future

We are committed to improving our reuse and recycling rates and are developing a Waste Management Strategy. We have introduced food waste recycling at Curzon Building and have rolled this out across our sites.  Without food waste contaminating our general waste stream we should be able to further separate this waste to increase recycling.


We welcome all suggestions from staff and/or students on improving our reuse or recycling. Please send all ideas to or post your ideas on the BCU Environment Facebook page