Operational Activities Guidance - Environment - University of Derby


Improving campus sustainability

Operational Activities

Hydration stations

Many of the water coolers and drinking fountains at the University are mains-fed, which reduces the environmental impact of providing bottled water. These stations are available throughout all of our sites in Derby, Buxton, Chesterfield and Leek. 


None of our waste is sent to landfill. If it can't be recycled, it is turned into energy.

Mixed Recycling Guidance

General Waste Guidance

Glass Recycling Guidance

Confidential Waste Guidance

Battery Recycling Guidance

Room Clear Out and Decluttering Guidance

Hazardous Waste Guidance  

MFD Toner Guidance

LaserJet Waste Items Guidance

For any queries relating to waste management at the University of Derby, please contact Helen Rutherford (h.rutherford@derby.ac.uk).

Energy sources and management

Part of our electricity is generated on site using wind turbines and solar panels. We are replacing our lamps with LEDs (light emitting diodes) and installing automatic sensors wherever feasible.

Combined heat and power (CHP)

A CHP unit was installed when the boilers were last replaced at Kedleston Road. The CHP unit generates electricity and any heat produced as a by-product of the electricity generation is used for space and water heating. The electricity generated cuts down the amount of electricity we need to take from the grid, saving costs and carbon emissions.

Between its installation and commissioning in April 2016 and June 2017, our CHP unit has produced a total of 775,886 kWhs of electricity at Kedleston Road. This is 14.43% of the electricity used and has saved over £100,000 in electricity costs during this period.

We are also installing a CHP plant at the Devonshire at Buxton.