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Waste management

Staffordshire University aim to meet the following waste management targets:

  • Maintain zero landfill from scheduled waste produced on site (academic and residential sites)
  • Ensure all waste is disposed of in line with legal requirements
  • Reduce annual waste produced to 50kg per staff and student (FTE)
  • Increase on site recycling to 60%
Monthly waste collected September 2021
Weight per student and staff FTEWeight sent to LandfillWeight Recycled
4.06 kg 28.1 Tonnes 21.41 Tonnes

The University follows the principles of the waste hierarchy, we aim to ensure none of our waste goes to landfill and that it is either recycled or converted into energy. 

Waste hierarchy principles

We have a number of waste management points across our University campus.  Click on the map below to see them.

How to deal with waste at Staffordshire University

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

Aerosol cans

Empty aerosol cans cannot be recycled on campus. Please contact Estates helpdesk if you have large quantities of aerosols to dispose of. 


Portable batteries can be taken to the battery collection points on campus. When these are full please contact the Estates helpdesk for a collection.



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.


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


Please use specific blue lidded bins. For large amounts of cardboard, flatten any boxes and contact the Estates helpdesk and these will be collected by the Cleaning team.

Carrier bags 

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

CDs and DVDs

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


See Hazardous Waste. 

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 the IT Department. This is organised by Digital Services.

Confidential waste

Shred Station confidential waste bins are located in most office or communal areas. 

Please place all confidential waste in these bins, and remember to always think before you print.  

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

Contact the Estates helpdesk 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.

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 Estates helpdesk to arrange collection of the equipment.

The University has a Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) skip on site, please arrange a collection via the Estates helpdesk. 

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 can either be reused if in good condition or placed in paper/ cardboard bins. 

Floppy discs

Please use general waste bins. 

Fluorescent tubes and lamps

Please arrange a collection of these via the Estates helpdesk. 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 via the Estates helpdesk. These are classed as Hazardous Waste and precautions must be made for the transportation and storage of these items. Once items are collected, they are stores within the secure compound before being collected by our waste removal company.  


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

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 can be recycled in the specific labelled glass bins, which are situated a variety of locations, including (SU Embers Lounge and LRV). There are also glass recycling bins at many halls of residence.

Hazardous waste

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. 

Ink cartridges

See printer cartridges.

Magazines and catalogues  

Please use cardboard and paper bins.


The University has a secure skip at the Leek Road site, which is managed and maintained by our Portering Team. All metal waste/scrap must be stored within this skip. Please contact the Estates helpdesk if you have metal to be removed from site.  

Mobile phones

University mobile phones should be returned to Digital Services. 


Please use Please use cardboard and paper bins.

Oil (Catering, non-student)

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


Please use the mixed recycling bins or separate paper recycling bins if available in your area. Please contact the Estates helpdesk 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 where available, plastic packaging must be clean and empty. Please contact the Estates helpdesk 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. 

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.


Any skips which are placed outside of the waste compound must be secure skips – please order through

Toner cartridges

See Printer cartridges. 


The University has a Green waste skip on site. Please contact the Estates Service Centre to arrange for large amounts of green waste to be brought to Kedleston Road Waste Compound. 

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact us.