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. Read our annual plan here.


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 and vintage pop-up shops on campus throughout the year.  Not sure if something can be recycled? Read our helpful guides on 'Rubbish, recycling and waste' and 'Recycle, reuse and repair.' 

Waste management targets

A small collection of rubbish

Waste management SMART targets 2021/22

  • Reduce waste carbon emissions (excluding construction waste) by 5% per annum from baseline 9.1 tCO2e in 2018/19

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

  • Review the disposal of mattresses and change the supplier of mattresses to ones which can be recycled by summer 2022
  • Increase the number of British Heart Foundation bags donated from last year 255 bags to 300 bags by 31st July 2022.
  • Expand successful pilot Green Impact project with cleaning staff; to introduce new ergonomic cleaning equipment and cleaning regime reducing water use.
  • Expand student reuse platform Hazaar to create a culture of sharing pre-loved items among the student population.
  • Expand Platform Housing – White Bags recycling scheme with more social housing residents, further integrate via schools if possible, in a Covid secure way.

Student projects

recycling in homes project commenced has been developed over the years with a variety of students and organisation partners encouraging better segregation and recycling in homes.  Free reusable bags are distributed

Winning an International Green Apple Award presented at the Houses of Parliament the scheme was expanded to include a social landlord Platform Housing, 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.  This project has gone on to develop students leading workshops in primary schools.

British Heart Foundation - ‘Pack for Good’ campaign

Since 2013 Worcester University Students have generated 3524 bags of donations through the ‘Pack for Good’ campaign, that’s £49,460* raised to help support help lifesaving research, driving breakthroughs for heart patients all across the UK. It’s the equivalent weight of 4 African, male elephants in waste being sent to landfill* and the equivalent of 287,643kg CO2 emissions*.  

*based on average value of £14/bag

BHF collection banks are located on St John Campus outside the Students Union and in the Recycling Area near Teme Halls of Residence.  A BHF bank is located at City Campus outside the Chancellors Halls of Residence.

Special arrangements are made for students at the end of the year for on and off campus collections.


BHF 2021 report image


The SDG logos for 11.Sustainable Cities and Communities and 12.Responsible Consumption and Production