Ask yourself this: Do you really need to buy it? Save unnecessary waste and save yourself money too!
Reducing the amount of waste you produce is the most important step – try not to buy items with lots of packaging, only buy what you need, and buy products you can keep using again and again instead of throwing them away!
Electrical waste (anything with a plug) needs to be disposed of correctly, separate from general waste, but only if it is broken beyond repair – please contact Estates Services Facilities Helpdesk for more advice. Phone: 01904 325555
Before you throw something in the bin, think whether you can use it for another purpose – take your own plastic carrier bags when you next go to the shops, use jam jars to store things in (or make more jam!), and use scrap paper to make notes or shopping lists on.
Got some old clothes you don’t want any more? There are British Heart Foundation clothes banks at each college to put unwanted clothes in – this helps with the recycling of clothes plus raises money for an important cause!
Look for the things you want on the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) small ads forum, or even in charity shops or online second-hand sites, such as Freecycle, Gumtree or Preloved. If you’ve got something you don’t want anymore, sell it (or give it away) on second-hand websites etc.
Only got one fork and a pan for your kitchen? YUSU have a sale of kitchen items (pans, plates, cutlery etc.) at the start of the autumn term called the Big Green Clean, so go stock up on things you forgot! Keep an eye here for upcoming information about this.
Recycling on campus is different to the rest of the city or your home town because the University pays a contractor to remove and treat or dispose of our waste. It is important to recycle as much as possible (after you’ve reduced and reused!), so we have a co-mingled recycling system, where nearly EVERYTHING can be recycled in just one container!
You should have four containers in your student kitchen – a bin for mixed recycling, a bag for glass, a bin for food waste and a bin for waste to go to landfill. Look out for similar containers around campus!
1) Plastic – plastic bottles, crisp packets, sweet/cellophane wrappers
2) Card – all cardboard boxes (flattened), food packets, greeting cards, toilet/kitchen roll inserts. NOT polysyrene or Tetra Pak (i.e orange juice cartons)
3) Paper – office paper, catalogues, directories, envelopes, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, shredded paper, books
4) Tins/Cans – drinks cans, empty aerosol cans, food tins, ready meal containers, foil
NOT plastic bags (these can be recycled at many supermarkets!), cling film or used tissues/paper towels
Food waste – all food waste (including meat, bread, vegetable peelings and tea bags – NOT egg shells or packaging) must be disposed of in the food caddies in the student kitchens and bins around campus, NOT in recycling or general waste bins as it contaminates these waste streams. Clear bags can be used in the food waste caddies but NOT plastic shopping bags. This food waste goes to an anaerobic digester to be made into biogas for energy, and compost.