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Recycling and waste

Recycling and Waste Targets

At Brunel we constantly review the waste we generate in an effort to continuously improve our recycling capabilities and reduce our negative impact on the environment. Brunel is focussed on introducing initiatives that aim to educate and encourage the community to be more conscious of the waste they produce.  

Around 98% of the university’s waste is diverted from landfill. This has been achieved by the increasing recycling opportunities and diverting the remaining waste to an ‘Energy From Waste’ plant (EFW) where the waste is incinerated to produce electricity.

Our current goal is to recycle 40% of our waste in 2019-2020 and we are well on our way to achieving this.

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Recycling on campus

  • Paper recycling: You may already be familiar with the silver bins in your corridor – the papers placed in these, confidential and non-confidential, are shredded and recycled.
  • Mixed recycling: You will see a visible increase in mixed recycling bins in the kitchens. You can recycle aluminum cans, plastics, glass, cardboard, and metals.
  • There are increased opportunities for recycling whilst on the go as we’ve just installed another 12 waste/recycling units along the main concourse.
  • Disposable coffee cups can be recycled at any of the recycling points found in the main entrance of most buildings and within all catering outlets.
  • Used batteries can be recycled in any of the many battery recycling stations at the entrances of most buildings on campus.
  • Living on campus? We have a team of people emptying your kitchens bins Monday to Friday, they will analyse waste to recover as much recyclable material as possible.
  • Nearly 100% of your electrical waste (WEEE) along with light tubes is recycled.
  • Duvets are given to Battersea Dogs Home, whilst mattresses and pillows are stored on campus for bulk recycling.
  • Please use the cardboard cages across campus to recycle your flattened cardboard.
  • British Heart Foundation clothes recycling units are charitable and reduce our waste wei

Green Tips

Don’t throw away your unwanted stuff – use Freecycle.

You can reduce waste by offering your unwanted items free and it’s also a good opportunity to pick up others’ unwanted items for free. Type 'Hillingdon' or the name of your local town.