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A-Z Waste Guide

Below is an inconclusive list of items which can be recycled and how to get rid of items you may have.

Have we missed something off the list? Please let us know at environment@brad.ac.uk.

A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P R S T V W


A

Aerosol image. Aerosols - Please DO NOT dispose of in the landfill bin. See Hazardous Waste.

Aluminium Cans/Foil - Please use the Plastics, Packaging and Metals bin. 


B

Batteries - Please DO NOT dispose of in the landfill bin. These can be sent to Estates via internal mail or can be dropped off at the Student's Union Reception desk or The Hub.

Books - Books should be sold or recycled. Alternatively, contact Wendy Wrigglesworth from the library. (w.wrigglesworth@bradford.ac.uk)

Box files - Re-use folders where possible or donate to charity.

Brochures - Please dispose of in the Clean Paper and Card bin.


C

Cardboard - Clean sheets of thin card can be recycled in the Clean Paper and Card bin. Significant amounts of large cardboard should be flattened, and a job should be logged with the Estates helpdesk to be collected at your location. Please do not place in corridors as this can pose a fire risk. Card food packaging such as sandwich wrappers and coffee cups should be empty and disposed of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.

CDs, DVDs - These are collected by the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and should be taken to the Tech Support office at Horton D2.25 or can be sent through internal mail to the Estates department.

Chemical waste - See Hazardous Waste.

Cling film - See Packaging.

Clinical waste - Arrangements should be in place to dispose of clinical waste at the Faculty of Life Sciences and their suppliers.

Clothing - You can donate your unwanted clothing items to local charities. Clothing can be taken to a clothing recycling bank which can be found in most supermarket recycling points. These will be re-used where possible or made into textile packing for items such as car seats. 

Compost - See Food Waste.

Computer equipment - Redundant computer equipment can be re-used at home by staff and students through the Computer Reuse scheme. Computer image. A series of processes need to be undertaken to wipe all data from the hard drive and ensure it works. Please refer to Waste Advice for more information. Alternatively, you can arrange an Innov8 Disposal collection for bulk disposal. 

Confidential Papers - Please shred and recycle or place in a white confidential bag. If using a white confidential bag, please keep it in your office until you have a sufficient amount and then place a job with the Estates helpdesk. They will collect it directly from your office.

Crisp packets - Please dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.


D

Drinks containers - Please dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.


E

Electrical waste - The University's policy for compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations is to send all WEEE waste to Innov8 Disposal.  Please contact them on 0845 414 5471 to arrange a collection quoting the University of Bradford.

Envelopes - Envelopes can be put in the Clean Paper and Card recycling bin. Padded envelopes/jiffy bags should be reused internally where possible or disposed of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.


F  

Fluorescent tubes - Estates and Facilities have a coffin to collect used University Fluorescent tubes. Please log a job with the Estates helpdesk for disposal.

Folders - Re-use folders where possible or donate to charity. If broken, dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin. If you have several folders to dispose of, please log a job with the Estates helpdesk for collection.

Food packaging - Please ensure it is empty (dispose of food waste in the food waste caddies) and dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin. Polystyrene containers must be disposed of in the Landfill bin as this cannot be recycled.

Food waste - We are currently composting all food waste collected from catering and staff kitchens, as well as communal areas. This waste is fuelling our Rocket composter, located behind the library and after two weeks the compost can be used by the gardeners onsite. Please use this bin to dispose of leftover sandwiches, pasta, snacks, cooked food including meat and fish, chocolate, teabags, coffee grinds (including paper filters), wooden stirrers/cutlery, paper towels. For more information on the Rocket Composter, please see Rocket Composter

For tips on how to reduce food waste please visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

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Furniture - If you have furniture which is no longer needed in your department, you can donate it to the Reuse store for use by someone else. This system is operated in partnership with the College and is totally free to use. Porters and transport can be arranged if done in advance.

Fridges and freezers - Please arrange for an Innov8 collection.


G  

Glass - Glass bottles and jars should be rinsed and disposed of in the nearest glass recycling bin. A list of glass bin locations will appear here in due course.

Glass from laboratories - The Faculty of Life Sciences have in place regular collections of glass from labs. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for more detail.


H

Hazardous waste - includes neon tubes/light bulbs, electrical equipment, fridges and refrigeration units, pressurised containers including aerosols or fire extinguishers, tyres, oils of various types, heavy metals (mercury, cadmium etc.), various chemicals (e.g cleaning chemicals or laboratory chemicals), drugs, IT equipment. You will need to arrange for disposal of these wastes through your supplier. It should be disposed of via a licensed hazardous waste company, and a Waste Transfer Note should be obtained and kept for 3 years for inspection by the Environment Agency when they visit. For more information, please visit Waste Advice.


I

Ink, Toner and Printer Cartridges - Please send used individual cartridges to the post room via internal mail, marked 'Toner Cartridges for Disposal' on the box or envelope or return to your supplier for disposal. If you have large amounts, you can log a job with the Estates and Facilities helpdesk for collection.

I.T Equipment - See Computer Equipment.


J

Jiffy bags/ Padded envelopes - Padded envelopes/jiffy bags should be reused internally where possible or disposed of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.

Journals - Please dispose of in the Clean Paper and Card bins.

Junk mail - Please dispose of junk mail in the Clean Paper and Card bins. Please remove any plastic packaging and dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin. Contact the companies to remove your address from their mailing lists and prevent unnecessary mail.  


L

Laboratory waste - See Hazardous Waste.

Laminated paper - Please dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals recycling bin.

Large scale clearances - We urge you to plan large scale clearances in advance as part of a move or refurbishment. Please segregate your wastes into paper/card, mixed recycling, and WEEE items. Please also segregate furniture into reusable and broken beyond repair and log a job with Estates for collection/disposal. 

Light bulbs - See Fluorescent Tubes.


M

Magazines - Please dispose of in the Clean Paper and Card bin.

Metals - (non-electrical and non-electronic) Large scrap metal should be disposed of through Estates on extension 3001. Smaller metal should be disposed of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin. This includes drinks and food cans. Please ensure it is rinsed thoroughly before disposal. 

Mobile phones - These should be sold, donated or recycled. Please ensure you destroy old SIM card and master re-set the phone to wipe data before discarding. For University issued mobile phones, these need to be sent back to the IT Servicedesk.


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Newspapers - Please dispose of in the Clean Paper and Card bin.


O

Oil - See Hazardous Waste.


P

Packaging - Please dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin. This includes sandwich wrappers, magazine wrappers, bubble wrap, cling film. Please ensure the packaging is clean and dry.

Paints/solvents - See Hazardous Waste.

Paper - Clean office paper can be recycled in the standard Clean Paper and Card bins. These bins also take newspapers, magazines, journals, telephone directories, envelopes, windowed envelopes, non-corrugated card. You can request extra bins by contacting the helpdesk. Laminated paper should be disposed of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.

Plastic - Carrier bags, bubble wrap, cling film, drink bottles, food wrappers, cutlery, cups, plastic food cartons, plastic coffee cup lids, all rigid plastics. Please dispose of these plastics in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.

Polystyrene - cups/trays, packaging all need to be disposed of in the Landfill waste bin. We are currently unable to recycle polystyrene.

Printer cartridges - See Ink, Toner and Printer Cartridges.


R

Ring binders - See Folders. Folders image.


S

Skips- Skips should try and be avoided. Please see Large Scale Clearances.


T

Telephones - Office telephones can be reused in other offices. If there are a significant amount, please arrange an Innov8 Disposal collection.Telephone image.

Telephone directories - Please dispose of in the Clean Paper and Card bin.

Tetrapaks - Please empty and flatten and dispose of in the Packaging, Plastics and Metals bin.

Textiles - To be sold, donated or recycled where possible.   

Toner cartridges - Please see Ink, Toner and Printer Cartridges


V

Videos - These are collected by the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and should be taken to the Tech Support office at Horton D2.25. Alternatively, you can contact Estates for disposal on extension 3001.


W

White goods - See Hazardous Waste

Wood - Wooden stirrers and cutlery can be disposed of via the food waste bins in communal areas and kitchens. Larger scrap pieces of wood can be either re-used or recycled. Please contact Estates to get rid of larger scrap wood. This could be re-used by joiners or chipped for the composter. Wooden pallets should be re-used where possible, or returned to supplier.