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Waste Streams (A-Z)

This specialised A-Z page focuses on the 'Do' aspect of Safety and Environment.

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Waste type Procedure Who to Contact What happens to the waste?
Aerosols Disposal
Please use the following steps to dispose of your empty aerosol cans:

1.    Ensure all cans are completely empty before disposal
2.    Place the aerosol can(s) into a general domestic bin. Aerosols cannot be recycled at the University. 

Please do not place empty aerosols in the office recycling facilities.

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477.

Disposal
Waste aerosols go to landfill.

B

Batteries Recycling
Battery recycling bins are distributed across the campus. All types of batteries (with the exception of car batteries) can be disposed of via the scheme. Please ensure that no trailing terminal wires remain exposed.

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477 to empty the battery recycling bin when it is 2/3rds full.

Recycling
The batteries are taken to a recycling specialist who recover the precious materials and recycle the remaining components.
Books  

Recycling
Small quantities of books may be recycled via the office recycling scheme. Please remove any hardback covers first.

For larger quantities of books please contact the Estates hotline

Estates

For disposal of large quantities of books please contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477. There may be a charge for this service

Recycling
For books that are recycled, the ink is removed and the paper is pulped and turned into newsprint and cardboard.
Bulbs (light)

Recycling
The contractor responsible for replacing fluorescent tubes and lamps collects spent items during the course of their work. 

To dispose of any residual tubes or fittings, or if you have a waste light bulb from equipment used at the University please contact the Estates hotline to arrange collection.

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477

Recycling
Fluorescent tubes and bulbs are sent to a specialist recycler where they are processed and crushed, without allowing the mercury to escape. The components (mercury, glass & metal) are then separated for recycling

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Cables

Reuse
Where possible please try and reuse cables.

Recycling
Electrical cables can be disposed of alongside other WEEE waste.

See here

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477

Recycling
Precious metals are recovered and plastic is recycled.
Cans
(steel and aluminium)

Recycling
Please ensure that cans are clean prior to disposal, to avoid contamination of the recyclates. If possible please crush cans as this will reduce our costs.

Cans should be recycled via the Office Recycling bins.

 Recycling
Waste cans are collected by the University's waste contractor.  Cans are sorted shredded and made into either new drinks cans or other metal products
Cardboard

Recycling
Please note, all cardboard must be clean and dry.  If dirty cardboard is placed in the bins, the waste contractor may class the whole bin as contaminated and will either not collect it or send it to landfill.

All polystyrene inserts and any plastic packaging must be removed first and disposed of accordingly.

If the external bin is full, please contact the Estates hotline. Please do not leave cardboard by the side of external facilities  

Small quantities
1.    Flatten the cardboard and remove any tape where possible
2.    Place next to your nearest paper recycling point
3.    The cleaner will collect the cardboard and place is one of the external recycling bins.

Larger quantities
1.    Flatten the cardboard and remove any tape where possible
2.    Raise rechargeable job request via Estates hotline.

Estates

For large quantities of cardboard waste please contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477.

There is a small charge for thus service so a budget code will be required.

Recycling
Waste cardboard is collected by the University's waste contractor and recycled into cardboard usually at a UK mill.
Cartridges and Toners Disposal 
Ribbon cartridges or broken cartridges - cannot be recycled. These items must be placed into a general domestic bin within your office or work area.

Recycling 
Other toners and cartridges - Office Depot, the University's stationery provider, offers collection boxes for old cartridges to be taken away to be recycled. Boxes can be ordered online and have a collection telephone number printed on them. Departments can call this number to arrange collection of the box when it is full. A Waste Transfer Note must be sent
 Disposal
Ribbon cartridges or broken cartridges go to landfill.

Recycling 
Office Depot recycle old cartridges.
CDs and DVDs Please refer to the Confidential waste section.  
Centrifuges As centrifuges are refrigerated items they have a specific disposal route.  Please refer to the Fridge and Freezer section for disposal information.  
Chemicals

Disposal
Chemical waste should only be removed by our specialist waste contractor.

Further details available here

OSHEU

Please contact environment@cf.ac.uk for further details

Disposal
Some chemicals are recovered and reused while others undergo specialist treatment and incineration.
Clinical Waste

Disposal
Clinical waste should only be removed by specialist contractors. 

Information can be sourced here

OSHEU

Please contact environment@cf.ac.uk

Disposal
Clinical waste, depending on the type is sent off for heat treatment or as a last resort, incineration.
Confidential Waste (non paper) Disposal 
Please use the following steps to dispose of your NON-PAPER confidential waste eg, laminated paper, CDs, tapes or mass storage devices containing confidential information which cannot be erased:

1. Remove any non paper confidential material eg, cases or containers and dispose of that waste stream using this A-Z.
2. Place non paper confidential waste in a confidential bag and seal. Bags can be obtained from the CSERV Portering Services.
3. Clearly label the waste as NON PAPER e.g. Electronic media etc.
4. Contact CSERV Portering services.

CSERV

Please contact the Manual Handling Team on Ext. 74320

Recycle
CDs and DVDs are granulated (as well as the covers) and  used in the manufacture of other plastic products
Confidential Waste (paper) Recycled
Confidential paper waste should be disposed of in one of the designated confidential waste collection sacks

Please DO NOT dispose of any non-paper items e.g. folders, disks, CDs or non-confidential paper in the confidential waste bins.

CSERV

Please contact the Manual Handling Team on Ext. 74320. Full bags should be locked away securely until collection

Recycling
Confidential paper is shredded onsite before being recycled into new paper pulp.
Cooking Oil Disposal 
Any waste cooking oil generated in self catering accommodation must be disposed of in the general domestic / external waste bins. Please use the following steps to dispose of your waste kitchen oil:

1. Place in a container with a lid and seal tightly.
2. Place this in a carrier bag / bin bag and tie tightly.
3. Place into a general domestic bin.

Please DO NOT dispose of cooking oil down the sink. This can lead to blockages in the sewers.

Recycling 
Waste cooking oil is collected from catering kitchens on a fortnightly basis
Please can staff note that:

1. All containers MUST be sealed with a lid or top;
2. Containers MUST not be full to capacity to  due to reduce the risk of spillage during transport.

 Disposal
Waste kitchen oil from self catered halls will go to landfill.

Recycling 
Waste cooking oil is converted to biodiesel and used in our supplier’s vehicles.

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E

Electrical items (WEEE)

Recycling
Any item of electrical equipment MUST be disposed of as WEEE, see here for details.

Download the WEEE Disposal Request Form and complete and return to David Shepherd in Estates.

Large and bulky items may need special arrangements and may be subject to a small charge.

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477 to arrange a collection.

Recycling
These items are collected by a specialist processor, who dismantles the products and recovers metals and other parts.  Some refurbishment and re-sale may happen, dependent on the age, specification and condition of the equipment.  
Envelopes   Reuse
Envelopes should be reused where possible for internal mail

Recycling
Envelopes can be disposed of as paper waste. This includes those with windows.

Waste Jiffy and poly-envelopes can be recycled.
  Recycling 
Waste paper is collected by the University's waste contractor and recycled into paper, usually at a UK mill.   

F

Fluorescent Tubes and Lamps Recycling
The external contractors responsible for replacing lights collect spent fluorescent tubes and lamps during the course of their work.

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477 to arrange a collection.

Recycling 
Fluorescent tubes and bulbs are stored in a large container which is collected when full. Lamps are processed and crushed, without allowing the mercury to escape. The components (mercury, glass and metal) are then separated for recycling.
Folders

Content in Folders
Before folders can be reused or recycled the content MUST be removed. All paper content can be put into the office recycling bins or confidential waste sacks. All plastic dividers or plastic pockets MUST be taken out, either for reuse by the office or black bagged if damaged. These items cannot be recycled so please reuse as much as possible before sending them to landfill.

Reuse 
If the folders are still in good condition then you can reuse them rather than buying new

 

Disposal
Folders and lever arch files cannot be recycled because of the metal components they contain. If unsuitable for reuse they should be put into the general waste and sent to landfill.

 

Food Waste

Disposal 
Food waste (other than from University catering kitchens) is sent to landfill

Recycling 
Food waste from University catering kitchens is sent for anaerobic digestion and composting.

Please note:  raw meat products from catering kitchens cannot be placed into the general domestic bins.

 Disposal
Food waste (other than from University catering kitchens) is sent to landfill.

Recycling 
Food collected by the University is used to generate compost on site.
Furniture  

Re-use
If furniture is serviceable, please

1. Advertise internally by contacting: XChange


Recycling / Disposal
Good quality surplus furniture will be collected by a local charity who will re-sell it.

For any furniture which is no longer serviceable or cannot be utilised elsewhere, please contact Estates

Recycle

Bobath (Childrens Therapy Centre Wales - children with cerebral palsy). Contact Anthony on 02920 755199

Disposal - Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477 to arrange a collection.

Re-use

Good quality furniture is re-sold by a local charity

Recycle
Furniture is dismantled.  Metal parts are recycled and the remainder sent to landfill.

Disposal
Material that cannot be recycled will be sent to landfill.

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General Waste Disposal
Waste that cannot be reused or recycled should be deposited in one of the internal or external general domestic bins.
 Disposal
All waste of this type currently goes to landfill. 
Glass
(domestic, non-pyrex)  

Recycling 
Glass items can no longer be put into the office recycling bins. Small items (e.g coffee jars) should be disposed of via the general waste bins.

Areas producing large quantities of domestic glass (e.g Catering) should contact Estates to arrange for the provision of glass bins.

  

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I

IT Equipment
(see WEEE)
Reuse
1. Cascade the equipment to other users within your School or Service.
2. Cascade the equipment to other users within the University.

Recycling / Disposal
See the WEEE process here
 

Recycle

These items are collected by a specialist processor, who dismantles the products and recovers gases, metals and other parts.  Some refurbishment and re-sale may happen.

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K

L

Laboratory Glass
(Pyrex)  

Reuse 
Many suppliers have take back schemes for Winchester bottles etc and these should be used where available.

Recycle

To arrange for laboratory glass to be disposed of, refer to the link here

OSHEU

Contact Safety@cf.ac.uk

Recycle

Waste glass is collected by the University's waste contractor. The glass is ground and used for road surfacing.  

M

Metal   The scrap metal is recycled.

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O

Oil (cooking)See Cooking Oil. N/A

P

Pallets Can be recycled

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477 to arrange a collection.

 
Paper waste (confidential) See confidential paper waste  
Phones  

For desktop phones see WEEE.

For mobile phones see Mobile Phones.

  
Plastic

Recycling 

Please ensure that plastics are clean prior to disposal, to avoid contamination of the recyclates.

  
Polystyrene (white foam) There are not presently any facilities to recycle expanded polystyrene (white foam type).  Please reuse where possible.  Any waste expanded polystyrene will need to be disposed of in the general domestic waste bins.  
Printers / Photocopiers See electrical waste.  
Pyrex See Laboratory Glass  

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R

S

Steel Cans See cans N/A
Solvents  

Disposal
Solvent Chemical waste should only be removed by our specialist waste contractor.

Further details available here via the Chemical Waste disposal route.

OSHEU

Please contact environment@cf.ac.uk for further details

N/A

T

Telephones See Electrical. N/A
Toners and Cartridges See cartridges and toners. N/A
Tubes and Lamps See florescent tubes and lamps N/A

U

V

W

Waste Paper  See paper N/A 
Waste Paper 
(confidential)  
See confidential waste.   N/A
WEEE (electrical waste)See electrical waste. N/A
Wood  

Estates

Contact the Estates hotline on Ext. 74477 to arrange a collection.

Wood is sent to Landfill, although the University is currently looking at alternative disposal routes

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