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Waste and recycling

NTU works closely with its Waste Management Contractor to ensure 99% of waste (non-hazardous) is diverted from landfill through a range of methods.

NTU staff with new waste bin

At NTU we are always aiming to minimise the amount of waste we produce and ensure we deal with any unavoidable waste appropriately. We collaborate closely with our waste management contractors to actively engage with staff, students and visitors to encourage them to follow the waste hierarchy:

  • Avoid - Stop waste from being created in the first place
  • Reduce – Avoid using single use items; such as a re-useable cup or water bottle. See the location of water dispensers on campus.
  • Reuse – WARPit is an electronic portal NTU use to redistribute and reuse surplus items internally between staff and externally to our partners. WARPit helps increase resource efficiency and reduces unnecessary procurement and waste disposal costs.
  • Recycle – the recycling bins across the estate allow for a wide variety of items to be reprocessed including: Mixed Dry Recyclables (paper, card, plastic bottles, tubs and trays, drinks and food cans), food, glass, mobile phones, electrical equipment and batteries).
  • Dispose – as a last resort! NTU’s waste is processed and used as a fossil fuel replacement. 99% of NTU’s waste via its main waste contractor is diverted away from landfill.
  • For a more comprehensive list see our A-Z guide

Our main waste streams

Mixed recycling

  • Cardboard packaging
  • Plastic bottles and lids
  • Mixed paper
  • Coffee cups and lids
  • Clean plastic tubs, pots & trays
  • Mixed glass bottles and jars
  • Clean food and drinks cans.

Food waste

  • Raw/cooked meat
  • Vegetables
  • Tea bags/coffee granules
  • Egg shells and bones
  • Bread
  • Dairy, nuts, seeds
  • Wooden stirrers

General waste

  • Polystyrene trays
  • Crisp packets
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Tetra Pak cartons
  • Takeaway boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Sandwich packaging

Warp It

WARPit logo

Launched in 2018, Warp It helps our staff redistribute their School or department’s unwanted furniture and equipment. It increases resource efficiency, reduces unnecessary procurement and waste disposal costs, and has already achieved savings of £35,150.

To date, our staff have helped to save 17.5 tonnes of CO2 and avoided producing 7.5 tonnes of waste.

If you’re a member of NTU staff, visit our Warp It portal and register now. You can choose to receive either a daily or weekly email showing what's been listed, and thanks to a helpful online guide, it's quick and easy to get started.

What's more, you don't need to be part of NTU to take advantage of Warp It:

  • Involved with a local school as a parent, grandparent or governor? Register here
  • Part of a local charity or community group? Register here

British Heart Foundation

picture from award night at british heart foundation award

NTU is proud to be the founding member of the Pack for Good partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Nottingham City Council and the University of Nottingham.

Following on from the success of NTU’s ‘Big Clear Out’ programme, (asking first year students to donate unwanted items when leaving their Halls of Residence), the BHF were asked to provide recycling banks in the Aboretum area for the collection of clothing, books and general bric a brac.  Student volunteers also distributed kerbside collection bags to student houses in the area to maximise the amount of material collected for reuse.

Following on from its initial success, the programme expanded to include other NTU campuses and to include The University of Nottingham. Not only has the project helped to divert more than 60,000 bags of unwanted items from landfill, NTU have also raised more than £800,000 for BHF. The success of this project won us a 2019 ‘Heart Hero Award’.

This has helped the BHF to invest in:

  • 4 Heart Start Schemes – teaching lifesaving skills in the local community and schools
  • 133 Defibrillators installed
  • 18 Establishments CPR trained
  • 2 BHF retail shops
  • 52 Research Grants

Find out what can and can't be recycled

Get in touch

If you need additional recycling bins in your department or have an enquiry about waste or recycling please e-mail the Sustainability Team