A-Z of Waste

The following guide lists how to dispose of items in order to maximise opportunities for reuse and recycling at the University.

Aerosol Waste Guidance

Empty aerosol cans cannot be recycled on campus. Please contact the Estate Management Department if you have large quantities of aerosols to dispose of.

Aluminium cans/foil

Please use the mixed recycling bins.

Waste Batteries

Portable batteries can be taken to the battery collection points in your offices. When these are full you can log a job to Porters on our Estate Service Centre to get it changed.

Bicycles 

Unwanted bikes can be donated to Bike Back Derby. Wherever possible, bikes are recycled and passed on to a new owner; bikes that are past the point of saving are used for parts.

Books 

Older edition text books can be donated to the Library. Books can also be donated to the British Heart Foundation, via the drop off points on campus.

Brochures 

Please use the mixed recycling bins. If a large quantity of brochures are being disposed of, please contact the Estates Service Centre.

Cardboard

Please use the mixed recycling bins. For large amounts of cardboard, flatten any boxes and leave them in the designated area of your building to be collected by cleaning staff.

Carrier bags

Whenever possible reuse carrier bags; why not set up a bag point in your office area?

CDs and DVDs

Please use the mixed recycling bins. The plastic cases that CDs and DVDs are usually stored in can also be placed in mixed recycling bins.

Chemicals 

See Hazardous Waste.

Cling film

Clean cling film can be disposed of in mixed recycling bins.

Clinical waste

If a contract is not in place within your School or Faculty, please contact the Estate Management Department.

Clothes and textiles

Please use the textile banks found at BHF Bring Site. All donations are collected by British Heart Foundation and sold to raise funds for the charity.

Coffee cups (single use)

Empty paper coffee cups and lids can be placed in mixed recycling bins.

Computer equipment

Redundant computer equipment is collected for recycling by Recycle IT. This is organised by the IT Department.

Confidential media (papers, audio tapes, video tapes, CDs, DVDs)

Shredded confidential waste can be placed in general waste bins, unshredded paper can be placed in mixed recycling, ensure only what must be shredded is.

Contact the Estate Management Department to arrange collection of the media. Please supply a site contact for the collection, where the items are stored, and the number of items to be collected.

Confidential Waste Guidance

Each College or Department has to pay for their own confidential waste collection. Prices differ depending on if onsite shredding is required or if the waste is shredded already. Contact the Estate Management Department to arrange collection. Please supply a site contact for the collection, where the items are stored, and the number for items to be collected.

Once the waste is taken from site it will be shredded securely and then recycled.

Desktop recyclers 

To replace personal bins, Desktop recyclers have been issued to all staff members, these should be used to collect your waste at your desk, and then sorted into Mixed Recycling and General Waste at the closest large/ communal bin.

The policy of no personal bins within office spaces or classrooms has resulted in a reduction in waste - Estate Management have instead placed dual waste bins located throughout the campus.

If you do not have a Desktop recycler, please log a ticket with Estates Service Centre.

Drink cans

Please use the mixed recycling bins, cans must be empty.

Drink Bottles

Please use the mixed recycling bins, bottles must be empty.

Electrical appliances (excluding computer equipment)

In most cases, you can return old electrical and electronic equipment free of charge by using suppliers’ or manufacturers’ take-back schemes. If you are unable to trace their take-back scheme, contact the Estate Management Department to arrange collection of the equipment.

The University has a Waste eectrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) skip on site, please arrange a collection via the Planon system.

Please specify the approximate quantity. It is illegal for the University to send waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) direct to landfill; it should be collected separately to enable reuse and recovery of materials. (WEEE Regulations 2013)

Envelopes 

Envelopes can either be reused if in good condition or placed in mixed recycling bins.

Floppy discs

Please use general waste bins.

Fluorescent tubes and lamps

Please arrange a collection of these via Estates Service Centre system, these are classed as Hazardous Waste and precautions must be made for the transportation and storage of these items.

Fridges / freezers 

Please arrange a collection of these Estates Service Centre system, these are classed as Hazardous Waste and precautions must be made for the transportation and storage of these items.

Furniture

Please contact the Estate Management Team to discuss furniture reuse. We often try to send the furniture to local charities, schools, groups. If you know of any such groups please contact the Estate Management Team.

General Waste Guidance

General waste must be placed in the correctly labelled bins throughout the University. Please see the guidance notes for what should be placed within the bins.

Glass Waste Guidance

Glass can be recycled in the specific labelled glass bins, which are situated at Kedleston Road, Derby Campus. If you do have access to the bins, please use the mixed recycling bins. If the glass is broken, please double wrap the item if being placed in the bin. There are also glass recycling bins at many halls of residence.

Hazardous Waste Guidance

Waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • asbestos
  • chemicals, such as brake fluid or print toner
  • batteries
  • solvents
  • pesticides
  • oils (except edible ones), such as car oil
  • equipment containing ozone depleting substances, like fridges
  • hazardous waste containers

There are a number of contracts in place for the correct disposal of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste must be stored correctly before collection. This is managed by the Estate Management department.

For further informaiton and if you have any concerns please contact the Estate Management Department.    

Magazines and catalogues

Please use the mixed recycling bins.

Metal

The University has a secure skip at the Kedleston Road site, all metal waste/scrap must be stored within this skip. Please log place a ticket with Estates Service Centre to move any metal waste to this site.

Mobile phones

University mobile phones should be returned to IT.

Newspaper

Please use the mixed recycling bins.

Oil (cooking)

This should be taken off site by the oil supplier. If you are unable to trace the supplier, please contact the Estate Management Department.

Paper

Please use the mixed recycling bins or separate paper recycling bins if available in your area. Please contact the Estate Management Department if there is a large quantity of paper needed to be recycled. Do not overfill bins or bags.

Plastic packaging

Please use the mixed recycling bins, plastic packaging must be clean and empty. Please contact the Estate Management Department if there are large amounts of plastic waste. Do not over fill bins or bags.

Plastic bags

Consider using reusable shopping bags and avoid the carrier bag charge. Use general waste bins for plastic bags.

Plastic bottles

Consider using re-usable water bottles and reduce the need for single use plastic. Please use the mixed recycling bins to dispose of single use plastic.

Waste Printer Toner Guidance

Please bring your empty cartridges to the designated collection points in the Print Room or the Logistics Annex. Contact Print for more information.

Ring binders

Please try to reuse ring binders either within your own College or Department, they can also be offered to students. If not then please use mixed recycling bins.

Skips

Any skips which are placed outside of the waste compound must be secure skips. 

Telephone directories 

Please use the mixed recycling bins.

Tetrapacks

Please use the mixed recycling bins.

Toner cartridges 

See Printer cartridges.

White goods 

See Electrical Appliances.

Wood

The University has a Green waste skip on site. Please use the Planon system to arrange for large amounts of green waste to be brought to Kedleston Road Waste Compound.

Wooden pallets be bought from the Estate Office for £1, please visit the Estate Management Team in the West Wing, Kedleston Road.