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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?

  • Further promote local re-use services, such as Repair Café and groups to the university community
  • Review cleaning materials and make recommendation of changes to supplier/projects to reduce negative environmental impacts, by June 2017
  • Implement pilot Green Impact Excellence project with office cleaning staff; to increase office recycling rates among staff and increase education and understanding among cleaners. Extend across campus if successful.
  • Promote local re-use services, such as Repair Cafe and groups to the university community - read the student report

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.