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Waste and Recycling

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities and services. One way in which its environmental impact can be reduced is through sound waste management and recycling activities.

The university has set itself demanding targets for reducing its waste which is sent to landfill and for improving recycling.

The targets are to:

  • recycle 75% of non-residential waste by 2015/16
  • recycle 85% of non-residential waste by 2017/18

Progress against these targets is reported annually. Details of our recent performance against these targets are set out below or can be viewed in the DMU Environmental Report 2015-16.

Recycling and reducing waste has a number of benefits not only to the environment but also the university as well. There is a growing pressure to find new ways of disposing of our waste as our landfill sites begin to fill up and the costs of disposing of waste increases. Ensuring that our waste is recycled can reduce the demand for natural resources to create new products, save energy with lower energy demands for recycled products and reduce greenhouse gases.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

The activities of the University in relation to waste management follow the ‘waste hierarchy’ by reducing, re-using and then recycling waste. An important element of this is also looking at how and what we purchase in the first place as a way of reducing waste.

A key part of the waste hierarchy is in the recycling of waste and the university has had a recycling scheme in place for a number of years. Over time the scheme has expanded to increase the range of materials that can be recycled and now includes paper, cardboard, wood, metals, plastics, CDs, DVDs, and mobile phones.

The scheme has also improved and expanded the information our waste contractors provide us so that we can accurately measure the amount of waste which are recycling and sending to landfill. Full details of the university’s recycling scheme can be found on the DMU Intranet pages. 

How you can get involved

There are a variety of recycling stations across the campus with recycling bins for a wide range of different materials. Please take the time to sort your waste and ensure that the correct materials go in the correct recycling container. This helps to avoid contamination of our waste and ensures that we can recycle as much of our waste as possible. If you have any comments or suggestion in relation to our waste and recycling please contact sustainability@dmu.ac.uk. 

Our performance

The recycling scheme has increased the amount of waste that we recycle at DMU and we have reduced the overall amount of waste that we send to landfill. The figure below shows our performance on waste and recycling over the past few years. We will continue to take steps to reduce the amount of waste we produce, increase the amount of recycling and reduce the carbon emissions associated with these actions.

2005-15 waste graph

 

Waste and carbon emissions

As well as measuring the weight of the waste that we sent to landfill and recycle the university also calculates the carbon or greenhouse gas emissions associated with these actions. These emissions are reported through our annual Environmental Report and through the Carbon Management pages on this website. 
 

Please click here to view the DMU Estates waste management policy.

What we recycle

  • Archive clearouts
  • Books
  • Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Certain batteries, metal and pallets
  • Computer paper
  • Directories
  • Glossy magazines/paper
  • Letterheads
  • Newspapers
  • Old brochures
  • Old prospectuses
  • Paper
  • Plastics
 
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