Many of the University’s suppliers take back their packaging and recyclable waste. Please check the list of collection and recycling schemes here.
Paints and varnishes
Water based non-hazardous paints and varnishes which are empty or dried out (no liquid) may be placed in the general waste bin. If liquid is still present then a separate liquid waste collection must be organised.
Hazardous paints or varnishes must be disposed of through the hazardous waste service operated by the Safety Office.
Every effort should be made to return pallets to suppliers. Where deliveries are infrequent, effort to unload the pallet on arrival to return it immediately is preferable. Once it is no longer possible to return the item to the supplier the University department must arrange for the item to be collected.
If pallets are a problem material for your site please email email@example.com to assist with identifying a suitable operational solution. Allowing pallets to build up on site can cause security and fire risks.
Paper can be placed in the clear bag in Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) (lime green) bin. Your site may also have a designated paper collection. Paper that has been shredded on site must be placed in the black general waste bin.
Ensure bins are not overloaded with paper as they will become too heavy to move.
If you are disposing of a large amount of paper at the same time arrange for an extra collection.
Confidential shredding can be arranged through Select Environmental.
You can contact the Select Environmental Account Manager at email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0118 975 9000 or 0770880 4333.
Plastic packaging (Plastic bottles, bubble wrap)
The disposal route for your plastics will depend on what type of plastic it is. If the plastic packaging has any material present inside then the disposal route should follow the route for the material within the container. No plastic containers containing any substance should be placed in the Dry Mixed Recycling (lime green) bin.
On most plastics an identification code can be found relating to the type of plastic use, known as the Resin Identification Coding System. Plastics 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 can be placed in DMR, 4 and 7 should be placed in the General Waste (black) bin.
Paper towels / hand towels
Paper hand towels should not be placed in recycling but rather placed into general waste.
Paper towels are low quality and have often been recycled multiple times already. They can also be wet and contaminated.
Unfortunately these are not recyclable. This is because the plastic element of the pen could go into Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) but the other elements would mean whole pens would be rejected.
Polystyrene packaging must be placed in the General Waste (black) bin. Loose pellet polystyrene must be bagged before disposal to prevent its escape during collection as this could lead to littering.
Where possible, polystyrene should be returned to the supplier.
The below lists the known printer cartridge recycling schemes. If you are aware of any others, please contact email@example.com.
|Where are you based?
|Any University site
||XMA recycling scheme
||XMA cartridges only
Beaver House, Dartington House, Exam Schools, Hayes House, The Malthouse, Wellington Square, or Worcester Street
|Xerox recycling scheme
||Xerox cartridges only
Bodleian Libraries, Clarendon Building, Old Bodleian, Radcliffe Camera, or Weston Library
|Office Depot recycling point via the porters at Old Bod, or order a recycling box from Office Depot
||Any type accepted
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