The University of York is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating waste going to landfill.

No matter how much care is taken to prevent waste being generated, there will still remain a significant amount of waste that requires disposing of. Currently the majority of waste generated is paper, card, plastics, metal cans or glass; unfortunately the majority of this waste is deposited in the general waste bins.

Mixed Recycling

The following list is an idea of what can be placed in mixed recycling bins

  • Paper
    • office paper
    • catalogues
    • directories  
    • envelopes
    • junk mail
    • magazines
    • newspapers  
    • shredded paper
    • books.
  • Card
    • all boxes (please crush)
    • food packets
    • greeting cards
    • toilet roll/kitchen roll inserts
    • waxed food and beverage cartons
  • Plastics
    • food packaging
    • plastic bottles (drinks, milk, toiletries, household fluids, etc)
    • supermarket carrier bags
  • Cans
    • drink cans
    • empty aerosol cans
    • foil  
    • food cans
    • ready meal containers

Glass Recycling

Glass waste is collected separately, from bins located throughout campus for glass waste. This includes but is not limited to:

  • drinks bottles (clear and coloured)
  • food jars and bottles.

Food Waste

The vast majority of food waste on campus is generated in the commercial kitchens and the student accommodation kitchens. Using anaerobic digestion, food waste can be used to provide energy and compost.  Each student kitchen has been provided with a food waste bin; these bins can accept the following waste food items:

  • dairy products
  • fish
  • fruit and vegetables
  • meat and bones
  • bread and pastries
  • tea and coffee

Electronic and Electrical Waste

Electrical and Electronic Equipment is covered by the WEEE regulations - items must be placed in the appropriate disposal skip, or contact Estates Services. The general rule is if a piece of equipment has a plug on it then it must be disposed of according to WEEE regulations.
Items included in this category:

  • TVs
  • Microwaves
  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Desk lamps
  • Mobile phones
  • Irons
  • Calculators
  • IT equipment
  • Fridges/freezers

Scrap Metal and Wood

Metal and wood, for example, filing cabinets, shelving units, old lockers, can be recycled. For support with the disposal of surplus metals, departments should contact Estates Services. 

General Waste Bins

General waste bins are provided around campus for waste that is not hazardous and cannot be recycled. These bins are a last resort disposal option.