Recycling

Introduction

EHU272 Prospectus GraduatesCourt022_001Edge Hill University is committed to the sustainable management of waste to ensure legal compliance in a way that minimises environmental impact and promotes

Objective
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.

Targets
• To increase recycling rate to 70% by 2021.
• To decrease waste arisings by 5% 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 2021

In order to achieve our objectives and targets we will need your help and participation so please take the time to familiarise yourself with our webpages.

What can I recycle?

Please separate waste into one of the three categories outlined below:

Cans, Jars & Plastic Bottles – list everything I can put in this bin

Yes please

  • Cans
  • Glass jars
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles

No thanks

  • Any other plastic item (we can only recycle PLASTIC BOTTLES)
  • Food waste
  • Plastic packaging
  • Food wrappers
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Tin foil
  • Cake / pie tins
  • Aerosols
  • Crockery
  • Pyrex
  • Drink glasses

Mixed Paper and Card – list everything I can put in this bin

Yes please

  • Paper
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Journals
  • Small catalogues
  • Brown and white envelopes (even with windows)
  • Leaflets
  • Junk mail (with plastic film removed)
  • Thin card
  • Egg boxes
  • Cardboard (please flat pack and place next to the recycling bin.  For larger amounts contact FM Helpdesk for removal)

No thanks

  • Books
  • Directories
  • Large catalogues
  • Lever arch files/ring binders
  • Tetra paks
  • Food contaminated paper and card items
  • Paper cups
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues

General Waste – list everything I can put in this bin

Yes please

  • Food waste
  • Non recyclables (anything else that cannot be recycled including packaging)

No thanks

  • Batteries
  • Electrical/electronic waste

This will sit alongside specialist collections for electrical waste, hazardous waste, confidential paper, green waste and others.

If you are unsure whether an item can be recycled please email sustainability@edgehill.ac.uk.

Recycling in 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 & Tips

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

  • Too Good to Go! – Buy short dated food from a variety of local & high street shops.
  • Olio – buy & list food as well as other items.
  • Love Food Hate Waste – How to make the most out of every meal.

Furnishings, Electrical Equipment & 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.

Disposal
Reuse & repurpose plastic bags where possible & 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 & reduce the number of trips required by the Site Services team.

The Big Campus Clear-Out

Info graphic The Big Campus Clear Out

 

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

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What to donate and where on campus:
The following items can be donated by placing them in the green bags that can be found in your kitchens/ common rooms & leaving them in your rooms to be collected by our teams once you’ve departed.

Any items that are left but are not intended for donation may result in a fine. Please also ensure that the clothing and other items are in reasonably clean condition.

  • Clothes & Shoes (Tied in pairs)
  • Books & stationary
  • Pots, Pans & washed crockery
  • Working electrical items
  • Non-perishable sealed/canned food

If any items are not suitable for donating, please see whether it can be recycled.

What to donate and where off campus:
All the above can be donated at local charities stores or alternative collection can be arranged through certain charities.

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

SDG Goal 10: Reduced inequalities SDG Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities SDG Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production SDG Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

 

 

 

Find out more on our impact on the SDGs.

A - Z of Waste

The information below relates solely to wastes generated by EHU. The University cannot accept wastes from outside the University.

A

Aerosols

  • Please dispose of in residual waste bins.  The waste contractor removes aerosols and disposes of them separately off site.

B

Batteries

  • Please DO NOT put batteries into residual waste bins.
  • Batteries are classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of via a specialist contractor.
  • There is a battery collection container in the Students’ Union for portable household-style batteries
  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System to dispose of larger batteries.

Books

  • Reusable library books are donated to BetterWorld Books who will sell a proportion of these on. The University receives a share of the profits and the rest of the money goes to a literacy charity.
  • Leftover books and journals that cannot be reused are recycled through a local charity.
  • If your department has any books or journals for disposal please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System with details.

Bulbs

  • Please DO NOT put bulbs into residual waste bins.
  • Bulbs are classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of via a specialist contractor.
  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System for disposal advice.

C

Cans

  • Please dispose of in the co mingled dry recycling bins on campus.

Cardboard

  • Please flat pack and place in, or next to, the mixed paper and card recycling bins.
  • For larger amounts please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System for removal.

Cartons

  • Please dispose of in the residual waste bins as our waste contractor is unable to recycle cartons at this time.

Cartridges

  • Empty printer and toner cartridges from the multifunctional devices (MFDs) will be collected by the Reprographics Team for recycling.
  • Empty printer and toner cartridges from all other printers should be re-boxed (where possible) and sent to the Post Room for recycling.

Clinical Waste

  • Please see Hazardous Waste.

Confidential Paper

E

Electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE)

  • Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations the University must segregate any electrical waste in order to treat it separately to enable it to be recovered and recycled.
  • Please DO NOT put electrical items into residual waste bins as they are classed as hazardous and must be disposed of via a specialist contractor.
  • For electrical waste that isn’t IT related, please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System to arrange for collection.

This includes:

  • Fridges and freezers
  • Small appliances
  • Large appliances

Envelopes

  • Please reuse envelopes in the first instance.
  • Brown and white envelopes (even those with windows) can be recycled by placing in the mixed paper and card bins.

F

Fluorescent Lamps

  • They are classified as hazardous waste once they are discarded due to the fact they contain substances that could harm the environment.
  • Used fluorescent tubes are replaced by Facilities Management staff and are stored in containers before being collected and treated by a specialist contractor.

Foil

  • Please dispose of tin foil in the residual waste bins.

Food Tins

  • Please dispose of food tins in the co mingled dry recycling bins.

Food Waste

  • Please dispose of food and drink in the residual/organic waste bins.
  • Food waste is sent to Viridor’s Mechanical and Biological Treatment and Anaerobic Digestion Facility where it is recovered for energy.

Furniture

  • Where possible furniture is reused on campus
  • Alternatively, furniture is collected by a local social enterprise who refurbish the furniture for reuse or break it down for recycling.
  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System if you have University furniture for removal.

G

Glass

  • Please dispose of mixed glass bottles and jars in the co mingled dry recycling bins.

H

Hazardous Waste

  • Please DO NOT put hazardous waste in residual waste bins.  It must be disposed of separately in accordance with hazardous waste legislation.
  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System to arrange for disposal.

This includes:

  • Chemicals
  • Laboratory waste
  • Clinical waste
  • Paints
  • Bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Batteries
  • Fridges and freezers
  • WEEE

I

IT Equipment

  • Please DO NOT put IT equipment in residual waste bins.  It is classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of separately in accordance with legislation.
  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System to arrange collection

L

Laboratory Waste

  • Please see Hazardous Waste.

M

Metal

  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System to arrange collection for recycling.

N

Newspapers and Magazines

  • Please dispose of in the mixed paper and card bins.
  • For large amounts of these items please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System to arrange removal.

P

Paper

  • Please reuse paper in the first instance by making sure both sides have been used.
  • Please dispose of in the mixed paper and card recycling bins.
  • Click here for a list of items that can be recycled.
  • For large amounts of these items please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System for removal.

Plastic

  • Please dispose of plastic bottles and plastic food trays in the co mingled dry recycling bins.
  • Click here for a list of items that can be recycled.

Printer Cartridges

  • Please see Cartridges.

R

Residual / Organic Waste

  • This is all food waste and anything else that cannot by recycled in the mixed paper and card or co mingled dry recycling bins.
  • Hazardous waste should not be put in the residual / organic waste bins. Please see Hazardous waste for further guidance.

S

Sanitary Waste

  • Sanitary waste is classified as hazardous and must be disposed of by a specialist contractor in accordance with relevant legislation.
  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System if bins are full to arrange for collection.

T

Toner Cartridges

  • Please see Cartridges.

W

Wood

  • Please enter a job on the FM Helpdesk System to arrange collection for recycling.
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