The University’s Sustainable Waste Management Strategy builds on previous successes.  We have a range of actions to promote reduction in consumption, re-use and repair as well as recycling initiatives. 

The University works with a number of local charities to offer its unwanted furniture and equipment for charitable purposes, UniGreenScheme and Project 58.  We also partner British Heart Foundation providing clothing and reuse banks on campus, and end of year 'clear-out' campaigns. In 2018, 455 bags were donated with an estimated value of £6,370 to the charity.

Waste management targets

A small collection of rubbish

Waste management SMART targets 2019/20

  • Reduce waste collection weight by 3% per annum from baseline 2015-6 from 2017-2020. 
  • Increase weight of charity donations by 5% per annum.  Baseline data set 2012/13.

Some examples of how are we going to achieve this target?

  • Implement the new Sustainable Waste Management Strategy into the new Trade Waste contract, with revised targets and KPI’s during 2019-20 academic year.
  • Charitable reuse donations were down by 38% last year. Reverse this trend by further promoting local re-use services, such as Repair Café and British Heart Foundation.
  • Expand successful  pilot Green Impact Excellence project with office cleaning staff; to increase office recycling rates amongst staff and increase education and understanding amongst cleaners.
  • Expand Platform Housing – White Bags recycling scheme with more social housing residents.

Student projects

Launched in June 2016 by the Mayor a recycling in homes project commenced. Initially working with students, Worcester City Council, student landlords, the University trade waste contractor the scheme provided free recycling receptacles to student tenants.

Known as the 'White Bag' this was designed to help increase community recycling rates in Worcester. Read the students' presentation.  This innovative scheme saw 10 student volunteers get Chartered Institute of Waste Managers Waste Smart training and free membership for the duration of their course. 

Winning an International Green Apple Award presented at the Houses of Parliament in 2017 the scheme has now been expanded to include a social landlord Fortis Living, in 3 high rise blocks with tenants over 55 years old, demonstrating a student-led project can work with not just student tenants and landlords. 

Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from Carbon Management & Targets page.