Waste and Recycling

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Keep our Campus Green - Know your Waste - Bin the Bin!

‌‌An exciting new initiative is being rolled out across the University which will improve the way we deal with our waste.

From November 2016, as part of an approved University sustainability initiative, Campus Services will be running a new ‘Bin the Bin’ campaign. This involves centralised waste recycling points being installed across all University buildings and the individual waste bins located in classrooms, lecture theatres and under desks being removed. This introduction intends to help us as a University maximise the amount of Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) we produce whilst reducing the proportion of general waste.

You will not need to do anything except place your items in the correct bin, choosing between general waste or DMR. Please ensure that you use these bins correctly as any contamination of DMR will result in the whole bin having to be disposed of as general waste: this includes any contamination from non-recyclable materials, unclean recyclable materials or liquids.

Information detailing acceptable DMR waste can be found below, along with FAQs.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Campus Services team at waste@hud.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Bin the Bin”?

Bin the Bin is a new initiative introduced by the University of Huddersfield, designed to increase recycling, reduce general waste and make us all more conscious of how we dispose of our waste.

What does “Bin the Bin” involve?

Bin the Bin involves all individual bins in classrooms, lecture theatres, and under desks being removed and being replaced by a centralised bin, which offers the disposal of both general waste and dry mixed recycling (DMR).

Why has “Bin the Bin” been introduced?

The Bin the Bin scheme provides a range of benefits to the University as a whole and the wider world.

Firstly, we as a University have a commitment to take responsibility of our waste and to ensure that our disposal of this is as conscientious as possible. By introducing recycling into each building, we are increasing the amount of waste that we recycle, which is a key factor in sustainability, whilst reducing the amount of waste we send to general waste. This scheme will also dramatically reduce the number of plastic bin bags that we buy and throw away.

Secondly, we are committed investing in all of our futures: this involves looking after our environment. By introducing this scheme we are setting a good example to our students and to other universities that we are mindful of how we use and dispose of valuable resources. 

Are we the only University introducing this system?

No – lots of other Universities across the UK have already implemented a similar system which is very successful.

Where will the new bins be?

The new bins will be placed in centralised locations along corridors and in communal areas within the buildings you use. Staff bins will be in central locations within every open plan office, or along a corridor for buildings with a number of single-desk offices.

What will the new bins look like?

 New recycling bin

What can go in the bins?
DMR bin:
    • All forms of paper
    • Card and cardboard
    • Steel and aluminium cans
    • Plastic bottles
    • Plastic films

Please ensure all materials are clean and dry.

Plastics with codes 1 - 6 are accepted.

General waste bin:
    • Non-recyclable office waste e.g. crisp packets, tissues, paper towels, plastic food packaging etc.

Please use the correct waste stream for each item of rubbish. Contamination of DMR will result in the whole bin having to be disposed of as general waste.

Other waste streams

Batteries: Please do not place batteries in general waste. Recycling facilities are available, for example, in the foyer of the Library. Additional locations for battery recycling will be available soon.

Confidential waste: Please ensure that only documents that involve data, personal or sensitive information are disposed of as confidential waste. Please use office shredders as much as you can and only use the confidential waste bags when disposing of large quantities of confidential documents.

How often will these bins be emptied?

All bins will be checked daily and emptied if required. Bins with high usage can be emptied twice daily.

Who is in charge of emptying the bins?

The cleaners will empty the bins.

What will I have to do?

You will not have to do anything apart from segregate your waste into general and dry mixed recycling when you get to the bin.

What will happen to my old bin?

We will send the plastic bins for recycling.

Office bins that cannot be reused will be recycled as scrap metal.

Can I keep a personal bin and empty it myself?

No. All individual and under-desk bins will be removed although some exceptions can be made for labs or for those with mobility issues. Other institutions have found that those who kept their own bin did not segregate their waste when emptying it into the centralised waste bin. This defeated the whole aim of the scheme of reducing general waste and increasing DMR.


More about Waste and Recycling

Our waste goals

Our overriding ambition is to reduce the amount of waste we produce on campus and to ensure whatever waste we do have is dealt with in a sustainable and responsible manner. We’ve already committed to this in the University’s Environmental Policy, which states we will minimise waste and continue to take positive steps to adopt the waste hierarchy: Prevent, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Responsible Disposal, to avoid sending things to landfill wherever feasible.

Waste hierarchy

The waste hierarchy sets out waste management options in order of their environmental impact; it shows how we can gain greater value from material resources and lessen the environmental impact of their disposal. To achieve our waste reduction goals we need everybody on campus to adopt these ways of thinking and acting in their daily activities.



We’ve made significant progress with recycling already, but we’re looking to improve even further.

From November 2016, an exciting new initiative is being rolled out across the University which will improve the way we deal with our waste. See further details above.

Specialist recycling

The University has a growing number of specialist recycling schemes to cater for specific types of waste. Information is currently being compiled about these so that details will be accessible for staff and students in one place.

Find out more about specialist recycling schemes here.

Reduce and reuse

Reducing our waste is equally as important as recycling, and the University’s academic schools and services are increasingly working together on a variety of initiatives to ensure a joined-up approach to tackling waste.

The University has implemented a number of waste reuse initiatives. A key initiative is the Sustainable Procurement University Recycling Scheme (SPURS), an online store launched by Procurement Services for redistributing furniture and equipment for reuse.

The initiative, together with the introduction of a new furniture recycling policy by Procurement Services, has aligned purchasing and environmental policies, so that new goods are not purchased at the same time as reusable, yet redundant, items being disposed of.

Buying recycled

The University frequently specifies recycled-content products within our construction and refurbishment projects, contributing to the growth of markets for recycled products. We typically fit 80% recycled-content carpets in our new builds and refurbishments, along with items such as recycled-content chair coverings, fabrics, street furniture, and staff uniforms wherever possible.