What can I recycle?

Sustainability Services What can I recycle...on campus? PaperEnvelopes,NewspapersMagazinesCardboard (flattened)Paper bound booksNO paper cupsNO paper plates NO polystyreneNO food contaminationNO hazardous wasteWash 'em and Squash 'em!  Drinks CansTinsPlastic BottlesPlastic Containers (Type 1 2 3 5 & 6) Small amounts of PaperNO glassNO foodNO liquids  ALL these items can be recycled at UoR: Batteries - these can be sent to the Post Room for recycling Confidential Papers - these are shredded on site by our approved contractor - request bags for your confidential papers here..Electrical Items - fill out a disposal request form herePrinter cartridges - a box is located in the foyer of your buildingFridges and Freezers - contact waste@reading.ac.uk for collectionIT equipment - fill out a disposal request form hereWood and Metal - fill out a disposal request form here Mobile phones - fill out a disposal request form hereFlorescent tubes and light bulbs - contact waste@reading.ac.uk for collectionWaste cooking oil - contact waste@reading.ac.uk for collectionGLASS - collection point are located across campus - Download this map for locationsThere's more....but we'll be here all day!  Please contact us for more information.   ....in halls...
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Bin the Bins: Phase 2

What projects are happening, when and where? Over the summer, Sustainability Services will be upgrading recycling facilities within key buildings. This follows on from upgraded buildings of Phase 1: ICMA, Henley Business School and Edith Morley Building earlier in the year. Phase 2 buildings are taking place this summer:  Building Date Palmer (labelling updates only - partial upgrade)Completed  21.06.17 URS Building (Library facilities - partial upgrade of increased quantity of recycling bins and labelling updates)Completed 11.07.17 TOB 1 (Department of Art - partial upgrade of new bins in studio spaces)Installation starts 20.07.17 AgricultureInstallation starts 03.08.17.Information stand with Q&As (main entrance): 02.08.17 between 11am-1pm, and on 04.07.17 between 1pm and 3pm.  All staff welcome, just turn up. MillerInstallation starts  17.08.17.Information stand with Q&As (main entrance): 16.08.17 11am - 1pm.  All staff welcome, especially from neighbouring Wager, Archaeology and Allen Lab.  No need to book, just turn up. WagerInstallation starts  17.08.17.Information stand with Q&As: refer to dates for Miller/Archaeology.  ArchaeologyInstallation starts  17.08.17.  Information stand with Q&As (main entrance): 18.08.17 - 1pm to 3pm.  All staff welcome, especially...
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Policies and Procedures

Sustainability Services Waste Procedures: Please visit our internal webpages to find a list of waste management procedures. Follow these procedures in order to manage waste correctly in line with legislation and University commitments. Waste Procedures University Policy and Waste Strategy: The University takes it's responsibility to reduce it's impact on the environment seriously. The Environmental Policy and Waste Strategy 2021 commits the University to increase recycling and reducing waste. Please visit our Policy & Strategy pages to read more. Policy and Strategy UK Waste Legislation: There is wide range of waste legislation that is applicable to the University. Sustainability Services manage a legal register to document and evaluate information to ensure the University remains compliant with all applicable legislation. The GOV.uk website provide information about how to apply this legislation. GOV.UK ...
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Performance and Projects

Sustainability Services Here are a just a sample of the many ways in which The University of Reading is increasing it's recycling rate and minimising the impact that waste has on the environment... Bin the Bins: Phase 2 More information coming soon... Latest sustainability news and projects Q and A with Abi, our summer intern Updates on Campus Routes proposals Environmental Fund – Success Story! University successfully certified to ISO14001:2015 – with no non-conformities! How did we achieve our 35% carbon reduction target? Skype for Business – Top Tip Green Festival 2016 – A look back… University wins national Green Gown Award Summer 2017: New Waste Management Strategy The University has recently published its first 5-year Waste Strategy (available here).  By 2020/21, 6 challenging targets are set to achieve along the themes of reduce, re-use, recycle, review and report:Reduce total waste produced by 5% per capita (staff and student FTE)Increase the University's annual recycling rate to 60% (current recycling rate is 50%).Achieve a 10% increase in re-use against the 2015/16 baseline, in order to improve...
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Waste and Recycling A-Z

Sustainability Services We are working on building you an interactive A-Z of waste, whilst we work on making this perfect, please see the PDF of the A-Z below.  ...
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Hazardous waste and skips

Sustainability ServicesSkip hire If you are having a clear out, or are moving offices and have a lot of waste to dispose of, we can arrange skip hires.  Charges do change, so contact us for an up to date estimate. Hazardous Waste Waste is defined as hazardous waste if it is classified in the European Waste Catalogue (EWC or List of Wastes).Generally, waste is hazardous if it, or the materials or substances it contains, are harmful to human health or the environment. There are legal requirements on the University and individuals as a hazardous waste 'producers' under the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005. Health and Safety Services have produced a Code of Practice in line with legislation for the storage and disposal of hazardous waste: Safety Code of Practice 48: Hazardous Waste.   (Coming soon) All hazardous waste must be segregated, handled and stored correctly and securely. It must only be transferred to a University approved and Environment Agency registered waste carrier for carriage and eventual disposal to a site authorised...
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Let’s Reuse More

Sustainability Services Please re-use items before considering disposal! the University has a Re-Use Policy which gives information on what the University wants to achieve regarding re-use of items which are still fit for purpose.In summary, it sets out three commitments of increasing re-use, changing culture and creating benefit.  It also sets out a hierarchy of re-use:Re-use within the University is the priorityIf this is not possible, consideration should be given to re-use in the local community (e.g. charity donation)If this is not possible, consideration should be given to whether items can be given to staff and students for personal use.The final option is disposal.  Items should only be disposed if they are broken, no longer fit for purpose or require secure destruction for data protection reasons.Please have a look at the Policy for more detail - and if you are donating to the local community, or to staff and students for personal use you must ensure that you contact Procurement (procurement@reading.ac.uk) and follow their...
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Disposal Request, Skips and More…

Sustainability Services This page provides information on disposing bulky waste (e.g. furniture), and items not suitable to go in office recycling stations.  Please reuse items where possible rather than recycling or disposing of them – find out more about re-using things at the University here.  For general enquiry about waste disposal please email waste@reading.ac.uk. Online Disposal Request Hints and tips on completing the Online Disposal Request Form Disposal Charges Skip hire Personally owned IT equipment Confidential Waste Bags and Cartridge Recycling Boxes Online Disposal Request Form...
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Waste and Recycling

Welcome to the University of Reading's Waste and Recycling pages. Waste and recycling is a visible element of the sustainability agenda, we aim to make dealing with waste simple and easy whilst minimising our impact on the environment. What Can I Recycle? Let's Reuse More! Disposal Request, Skips and More... Hazardous Waste Performance & Projects Policies & Procedures Waste & Recycling A - Z I Want To Report An Issue... LET'S GET IT SORTED... The University of Reading strives to reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste as possible to minimise the impact we have on the environment.We offer a range of services from; the provision of  recycling facilities, hazardous waste disposal, reusing furniture and general advice and guidance.  If the information isn't in the links above, please contact us waste@reading.ac.uk.  We’ve taken great steps to reduce our waste through initiatives like Bin the Bins and Warp-It, and through improved facilities and communication.   1 2 3   WASTE MANAGEMENT TARGETS We have developed a Waste Strategy (available here) for the next 5 years which sets ambitious...
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