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Edge Hill University is committed to the sustainable management of waste to ensure legal compliance in a way that minimises environmental impact and promotes. Recycling at the University is a key focus.

Our objectives

To significantly reduce the environmental impacts of our waste production in accordance with the waste hierarchy:

  • reduce
  • reuse
  • recycle
  • recover

through reducing volumes of waste generated by our activities and increasing reuse, recycling and resource recovery, to manage residual waste in accordance with best practice, and to ensure that waste is considered a resource by staff and students.

Students sitting at the lake by Chancellor's court whilst other students walk by.

Our targets

  • To increase recycling rate to 70% by 2025.
  • To decrease waste arisings by 5% by 2025 based on 2017 baseline of 0.037 tonnes (per staff and student FTE)
  • Investigate the feasibility of divesting from single-use plastics and non-biodegradable disposables by 2025

What can I recycle?

Cans, jars and plastic bottles
Mixed paper and card
General waste

Recycling in university halls

Internal recycling facilities

Please separate materials for recycling into the appropriate bins.

There will either be banks of recycling bins or stackable containers placed in communal areas within your halls of residence.

Hints and tips for recycling at university

Buy and donate food

Here are several companies that either let you list and buy short/long dated food or provide recipes on how to make the most out of every meal:

Furnishings, electrical and everything in between

Here’s a few suggestions of organisations that offer a platform to either sell or donate your items to others around the area (or further afield):

We would encourage safe exchanges for all items by reading their respective tips for transactions.


Reuse and repurpose plastic bags where possible and once they’ve reached their end of life please dispose at off-site shops that offer soft plastic disposal.

Flat pack items including cardboard to reduce space consumed and reduce the number of trips required by the Site Services team.

The Big Campus Clear Out

The University’s Sustainability Team promotes the ‘Big Campus Clear Out’ in Halls every year. The campaign that encourages students to recycle rather than throw away any usable furnishings, clothing or kitchen equipment.

Visit the Big Campus Clear Out webpage

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work in the community and reducing waste is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
See our SDGs