Last updated: 27 June 2023
The University’s Estates Strategy 2022-2027 and Sustainability Strategy 2022-2027 recognise the significant environmental impacts to be mitigated through effective waste management. This includes understanding and addressing the un-necessary use of resources as well as the financial costs of management and disposal.
The University recognises the significance of the hierarchy of related to waste production, namely ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’. It prioritises wherever possible the intention to avoid un-necessary purchases as critical in waste avoidance.
Whilst some operational elements are the specific responsibility of University staff, the actions of all staff and students are required to deliver the policy.
This policy is aligned to the ISO14001: 2015 Environmental Management System and performance monitoring is part of the annual Sustainability Performance Review. This assures that the University maintains its high-level commitments to comply with national waste management and recycling legislation and continually improve its culture of waste minimisation/avoidance and circular economy good practices.
The University’s Carbon Net Zero Strategy 2021-2030 has an aligned emissions reduction target related to waste policies and delivery of this includes effective liaison through its waste management contract.
Performance against the targets for waste management volumes and recycling percentages are published in the Annual Sustainability Report.
These targets, baselines and related actions are identified below.
|Objective & 2027 Target
|Reduce waste arising
|41.1kg/FTE (Total waste = 323T)
|31.7kg/FTE (23% reduction)
|Increase recycling rate
|55% of waste recycled (Total recycled = 176T)
|60% waste recycled
Actions to deliver against these two SMART targets recognise the inter-dependence of waste arising and recycling rates. The priority actions are: