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There are a range of reuse, recycling and disposal options for all main waste types throughout the University. Commonly, on a day-to-day basis, you can find bins in social and communal spaces for cups (disposable hot drink cups), food, glass, ink and toner cartridges, metals, paper and card, and plastics.

Waste management is embedded into key documents such as the Environmental Sustainability Policy​. All documents are available within the Useful Links​ section of our intranet pages.

Waste in Student Accommodation

​Students in accommodation managed by the University are encouraged to use the recycling bins positioned in every kitchen. All internal bins are matched with a suite of external recycling bins at each site.

There are food, glass, packaging, paper and landfill bins at all Edinburgh Napier accommodation sites. At Orwell Terrace and Slateford Road there are no packaging and paper bins, but a mixed recycling bin instead.

Recycling and Waste Bins

Over the 2017/18 academic year we produced 394 tonnes of waste. 100% of this waste was diverted from landfill, with a split of 75% recycled and 26% energy from waste. The disposal of waste in 2017/18 cost £120,000.


The current provision of bins meets the requirements of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.  But, if you are aware of an area within the University that would benefit from a recycling bin, of any type, please speak to your Campus Manager or contact us.

An audit of all bins was compiled in August 2015. Some bins will have moved since but the maps should give you a general idea of bins in your area:


Craiglockhart:  Level 0Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5

Merchiston:  Level ALevel BLevel CLevel DLevel ELevel FLevel GLevel H

Sighthill:  Level 0Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5Level 6Level 7​


Confidential Waste

Please ensure that all confidential waste is disposed of appropriately, following the guidance on safe disposal of confidential waste produced by the Governance Team. There are numerous confidential waste consoles placed at Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill as well as 7 Hills, Bankhead and the Screen Academy.

For a full list, please refer to our Confidential Waste Location​ document.


Redundant Equipment

To dispose of redundant equipment please follow the procedure detailed on the Finance intranet pages​ (listed under 'redundant equipment notification' within the procurement section). Redundant equipment covers all electrical waste (essentially anything with a plug or powered by a battery).


The University used 24 million litres of water in 2017/18.  The use of this water results in the emissions of around 25 tonnes of carbon, equating to 0.5% of our total annual carbon emissions from utilities.

We gained the Carbon Trust Water Standard in October 2013 for reducing water usage by 24.2% between 01/04/10 and 31/03/13.  Since then water consumption has reduced further and is now less than half the amount used in 2006/07 when the University started on its sustainability journey.


There are many initiatives in place to conserve water, including real time monitoring and waterless urinals.

Staff and students are encouraged to report all water leaks by calling the Facilities Service Desk on ext. 5000.


Drinking Water 

There are chilled mains water dispensers at all campuses free for students, staff and visitors to use.