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Waste Management

The University’s Sustainable Waste Management Strategy 2013 – 2018 builds on previous successes.  Within the waste strategy is an action plan. The action plan assists in meeting targets in relation to prevention, preparation for re-use, recycling, other recovery and finally disposal.

Working with students, Worcester City Council, local student landlords, and the University trade Waste contractor a new recycling scheme was launched in May by the Mayor to help increase community recycling rates from student shared houses. 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.


  • 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?

  • Revise the Sustainable Waste Management Strategy, based on weight data by February 2018.
  • Further promote local re-use services, such as Repair Café and British Heart Foundation
  • Review cleaning materials and make recommendation of changes to supplier/projects to reduce negative environmental impacts, by June 2018
  • Implement pilot Green Impact Excellence project with office cleaning staff; to increase office recycling rates amongst staff and increase education and understanding amongst cleaners. Extend across campus if successful.

Recycling and waste poster

Recycle-Reuse on campus guide

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