Examples of waste types and disposal routes

Some of the various types of waste and disposal routes.

Clinical Waste

University regulations for the disposal of clinical waste can be found in University Waste Disposal Guidelines. The contract for the disposal of this type of waste is managed by the Estates Office. The contract is delivered by SRCL.

Collection from the yellow bins at the Adrian, Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building and the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building take place on a Wednesday morning. Keys for the bins and padlocks are available from the Porters desk in each building. Any queries should be directed to the Waste Officer (x 1434).

Feminine Hygiene

This service is managed by the Estates Office. The current contractor is PHS Limited. The bins are emptied monthly utilising a discreet liner service, which means that the bins are not removed from the cubicles. The bins are sterilised on site. If you have any problems or issues with the service, please contact estates.

General Waste

Waste is collected from the Academic campus by Wastecycle. Any problems should be raised in the first instance with the Porters. The University disposes of in excess of 1000 tonnes of general waste per annum. In a bid to reduce this amount, we are aiming to recycle more waste. Queries should be directed to the Waste Officer (x1434).

Hazardous Chemicals

This service is managed by the Department of Biology. This regular service is announced by Biology via memos. If you have any such waste to dispose of, simply complete the return form and send to Biology. Please ensure that you provide an appropriate telephone extension to allow the department to discuss the waste if necessary.

Lamp Disposal

Please ensure that all standard Fluorescent tubes are given to the Porters as they must be disposed of carefully. The University arranges a special collection every month to remove these lamps.

Miscellaneous Waste

Some items do not comply with standard disposal regulations or are too large for the containers. If you need to dispose of such items, please contact the Waste Officer (x 1434). Often these items are difficult to dispose of and it may take time to organise.


Historically, the University has provided a basic paper recycling service. In January of 2007 the Estates team signed a new waste contract with Shanks and Groundwork Environ which enabled us to recycle more of our waste. The new scheme allowed us to extend the paper recycling so that it included all paper types (including envelopes with windows, magazines, newspapers, card, office paper, glossy paper – basically any kind of paper apart from cardboard) and also allowed us to recycle plastic bottles, plastic bags, metal drinks and food cans (both aluminium and steel) as well as cardboard.

In January 2011, Wastecycle took over as the principle waste disposal contractor. Wastecycle offer a much more comprehensive recycling service and have already proven that they can deliver a vastly improved recycling rate that has more than doubled the University's overall recycling performance in the first 10 months of the contract.

The Environment Team have rolled out 4,000 recycling bins across the academic sites since 2007. As part of the scheme, cleaners no longer collect waste from personal waste bins in offices, instead the onus is on everyone at the University to segregate their own waste at one of the numerous recycling points.


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