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; plastics. View our waste management leaflet for more information.
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. Open our confidential waste location document for a full list. If you're unsure of each location, open the campus maps below.
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).
General Recycling and Waste Bins
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 email Jamie Pearson. 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 0; Level 1; Level 2; Level 3; Level 4; Level 5
Merchiston: Level A; Level B; Level C; Level D; Level E; Level F; Level G; Level H
Sighthill: Level 0; Level 1; Level 2; Level 3; Level 4; Level 5; Level 6; Level 7
We are currently investigating the use of Warp-IT to assist the reuse of good quality items. For now, if you have any items of furniture, or anything that is of good enough quality to reuse, please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 0131 455 5000 for removal.
Current Recycling Rate
Over the 2014/15 academic year we produced 369 tonnes of waste. 81.57% of this waste was diverted from landfill, with a split of 21 tonnes anaerobic digestion; 30 tonnes combustion; 250 tonnes mixed recycling. Landfill totalled 68 tonnes. The disposal of waste in 2014/15 cost £180,000.
Waste Management Strategy
Waste management is embedded into key documents such as the Environmental Sustainability Policy, expanded through the Environmental Sustainability Plan and Carbon Management Plan. All documents, and introductory explanations, are available within the management programmes section of our intranet pages. Waste is also encapsulated within eight of the 43 significant environmental aspects (key risks) identified throughout the institution through our Environmental Management System. A Communication, Engagement & Training Strategy was developed in 2015/16 is currently under review, with completion programmed for December 2017.
We are currently developing a Resource Management Strategy. The Strategy will be published by December 2017. The Strategy will further develop the management of waste throughout the University, ensuring legislative compliance with an aim to further decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill.
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. Contact The City of Edinburgh Council on 0131 529 3030 to report any overflowing external bins. Visit our student accommodation page for more information on all waste services available, including additional information for when you move out.
Waste in Edinburgh and Beyond
The Edinburgh Charity Shop and Reuse Map is an extremely useful resource developed by Changeworks. Both the Changeworks and The City of Edinburgh Council websites contain a wealth of information covering what you can reduce, reuse and recycle in Edinburgh, Lothian and the Scottish Borders. This includes a complete A to Z of waste in the Too Good to Waste booklet and on-line resource.