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1 Waste Management Guidance 1

2 Contents Page 1. Introduction 3 2. Legislation 3 3. How to use this guide 4 4. Effective use of resources 4 5. Waste categories 5 6. Waste to be recycled A to Z 5 7. Non hazardous waste 8 8. Hazardous waste Clinical waste 13 2

3 1 Introduction UWS supports the implementation of the Zero Waste Scotland Plan and prioritises the minimisation of waste. The Zero Waste Plan provides strategic direction for Scotland to achieve more efficient use of resources, minimise the demand for primary materials, increase re-use, recycling and recovery. It is proposed that, by 2025, disposal via landfill will only account for 5% of overall waste treatment. UWS has set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2014, reducing the tonnage of waste sent to landfill is a key element of achieving this commitment. There is also an increasing amount of legislation placing a duty of care on UWS to dispose of waste in a responsible and sustainable manner. This guidance document provides information on UWS waste management procedures to ensure all colleagues and students can play a role in managing waste sustainably. This guidance document is intended to aid in the clarification of the following: Primary legislation Effective use of resources The different categories of waste generated within the university What route of disposal should be used The person to be contacted 2 Legislation Generally all waste disposal must comply with the following: Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations Environmental Protection Act Controlled Waste Regulations Specific legislation, applicable to specific wastes, must also be complied with and is cited in each waste category. Any waste that is removed from the university must be accompanied by a consignment note. This must indicate: the type of waste removed the quantity the company that is removing it. This note must be kept by the University as a record of waste removal for 5 years. 3

4 3 How to use this guidance 1. Check if the item can be reused or repaired. If the item is to be disposed of check the list below to see if it can be recycled or for the disposal procedure. 2. Contact the relevant person for your campus and they will advise of what to do next, for recycling and general waste requests for uplift are often through the Estates Helpdesk system. In specialist waste categories it is the same individual that must be contacted for each campus. 3. If there is any doubt about the waste type or its route of disposal then Health & Safety Services should be contacted at the Paisley Campus on Effective use of resources The most effective way to reduce waste to landfill is through the efficient use of resources. Colleagues and students can help to minimise waste by implementing the following; Purchasing When purchasing new equipment, ensure that it is necessary to make the purchase and investigate which product would result in the least waste. Buy long life instead of disposable items where possible. Purchase resources efficiently do not over order resources such as stationery If you are buying new furniture or equipment, think long term. Buy good quality items that will last a long time. This may cost more initially but should save money in the long-term by reducing the cost of waste disposal and replacement. If possible repair equipment or check if it can be reused elsewhere rather than throwing it out and replacing it with new. Paper reduction Try and introduce paper-free meetings. agendas and relevant documents to attendees to read in advance. Check if papers can be projected on to screens for meetings instead of all attendees printing them out. Proof read on screen and preview documents before printing Only print when necessary Print double sided set up your computer to do this automatically Print 2 pages to a sheet Reuse scrap paper. Reuse envelopes. 4

5 Allow/encourage students to print their essays double-sided. Or allow them to submit them electronically, thereby avoiding paper waste completely. Send e-cards instead of Christmas cards 5 Waste Categories The following categories are the main groups of waste that are generated. In each category there is a list of waste types for that category. This list is not exhaustive and as such, if the waste that you generate is not listed here then use the relevant contact details for advice. 6 Waste to be Recycled A to Z Batteries Under the new regulations that control battery waste all units should deposit their waste batteries in the approved containers which are placed throughout each campus. These are situated at the following locations: main reception areas, libraries, and student unions. Once each container is full it will be emptied for recycling by an approved contractor. Most types of battery can be placed in these containers except: lead acid, mercury, or lithium based batteries. If in doubt contact the hazardous waste officer for advice. This waste is controlled by the Waste Battery and Accumulators Regulations Cans and plastic bottles There are can and plastic bottle recycling bins at Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley campuses. These are located in central areas, catering, Unions and in many of the classrooms. If your office also collects waste for recycling or if you see any of the general recycling bins overflowing please report this via the estates helpdesk. Cardboard Empty cardboard boxes can be collected for recycling via a request on the estates helpdesk. Please note only flat packed boxes will be collected. 5

6 Clearouts If you have large quantities of furniture, books or other recyclable items to dispose of it may be possible to arrange a specific recycling collection for these materials. Please contact Claire Roxburgh, Energy and Environmental Manager for further details; Electrical Waste (i) I.T. This type of waste is generated by most units and will normally be collected by janitorial staff after approval by I.T. staff. The I.T. staff must be notified through IT Helpdesk of the waste items concerned after which they will be collected and stored in the I.T. department until removal by an approved licensed contractor which will either refurbish equipment for reuse purposes or recycle the components. I.T. WASTE MONITORS PC s PRINTERS SCANNERS KEYBOARDS LAPTOPS Paisley.Mr.A.Hotson, ICT Ayr I.T. dept Dumfries I.T. dept Hamilton I.T. dept 6

7 (ii) non-i.t. Most departments will generate electrical waste equipment that is non-i.t. and as such each school/department must ensure that when purchasing new electrical equipment that the company is part of a take back scheme and will remove it at the end of its life. This only applies to equipment which was purchased after August Equipment prior to this date must be removed by an approved contractor and can be dealt with under the hazardous waste section (7). This type of waste is hazardous and as such is legislated by the Special Waste Regulations [Scotland] 1996 amended It is also legislated by the WEEE Regulations 2007 with respect to the recycling and safe disposal of electrical equipment. Fluorescent tubes & Lumieres This type of waste is generated by most units and will normally be collected by electrical maintenance staff ONLY. The tubes are stored in a special storage unit provided by a licensed contractor. The contractor removes and recycles the tubes when the storage facility is full. Each campus has its own storage unit. Broken tubes must be boxed and placed in the storage unit for removal. Access to the storage unit is by approved personnel only [see contact list]. FLUORESCENT TUBES & LUMIERES FLUORESCENT TUBES. SODIUM LAMPS. LONG LIFE BULBS. Paisley Ayr Dumfries Dan Maxwell, Estates and Buildings Mr.Jack Holt, Estates & Buildings. CDC 7

8 TUNGSTEN BULBS. MERCURY LAMPS. 1 Hamilton John Cotton, Estates and Buildings 1 Discharge lamps containing mercury. This type of waste is hazardous and as such is legislated by the Special Waste Regulations [Scotland] 1996 amended It is also legislated by the WEEE Regulations 2007 with respect to the recycling of fluorescent tubes. Paper Paper recycling bins are located in offices and large classroom across all campuses. Please do not overfill the paper bins as they can be heavy to lift. Once bins are full please place a request through the estates help desk. If you wish to purchase a paper recycling bin there will be a 5 charge, again please request this through the estates helpdesk. 7 Non Hazardous Waste [Inert Waste] General Waste This type of waste is generated by most units and will normally be collected by cleaning and janitorial staff. If you wish to report overflowing bins, request a waste uplift or report other issues please make a request through Estates Helpdesk System. GENERAL WASTE [INERT] GLASS. 1 WOOD. 2 FURNITURE GENERAL BIN Paisley Ayr Dan Maxwell, Estates and Buildings Jack Holt, Estates & Buildings. 8

9 WASTE Dumfries Gillian Watters, Estates and Buildings Hamilton John Cotton, Estates & Buildings. 1 Not fluorescent tubes or light bulbs, these are dealt with under hazardous waste. 2 Untreated wood only. Treated wood is dealt with under hazardous waste e.g. painted, varnished, preserved, or stained. Paper and cardboard are recycled through an approved contractor. Other waste will be taken to a local council amenity site for disposal and is legislated by the Landfill [Scotland] Regulations The university has an approved licence for this type of disposal. Garden & Grounds Waste This type of waste is generated by each campus and will be collected by grounds staff for safe disposal. All pesticides and insecticides used will be biodegradable. Building Waste This type of waste is generated by building projects carried out through Estates and Buildings. Generally this waste is controlled by the contractor as part of the project and must be kept in separate skips. In some cases the waste is mixed and this is acceptable provided the waste carrier used by the contractor has a licence to carry mixed waste. The waste generated is normally placed in skips supplied by the waste contractor and are only to be used for waste generated by that project. There is also specific guidance on Gypsum waste, which should be disposed of separately. It should be noted the very small quantities are permissible in mixed waste. BUILDING WASTE BRICK RUBBLE Paisley Dan Maxwell, Estates & Buildings. 9

10 PLASTERBOARD WOOD GLASS FLOORING TILES ELECTRICAL WIRING AND FITTINGS. PLUMBING PIPING AND FITTINGS. Ayr Dumfries Hamilton Jack Holt Estates & Buildings. Gillian Watters, Estates & Buildings. John Cotton, Estates & Buildings. This waste is legislated primarily by the Landfill [ Scotland ] Regulations 2000, WEEE Regulations 2007 and a number of other pieces of legislation that are found in the university s Policy for Contractors 2007, section Hazardous Waste This waste CAN ONLY be dealt with by the Hazardous Waste Officer and disposed of by an approved licensed contractor. HAZARDOUS WASTE CHEMICALS SOLVENTS PAINT BATTERIES. 1 OIL. 2 CLEANING MATERIALS. WOOD. 3 FRIDGES. 4 OTHER. 5 Paisley Mr.C.McGinness, Hazardous Waste Officer, Ayr Mr.C.McGinness, Hazardous Waste Officer, Dumfries Mr.C.McGinness, Hazardous Waste Officer, Hamilton Mr.C.McGinness, Hazardous Waste Officer, All types of batteries e.g. alkaline, mercury, Ni-Cd, lead acid and button cell. 10

11 2 All types of oil e.g. lubricating, pump oil, coolant, and cutting oil. Note: Vegetable / cooking oil from kitchens must be removed by an approved contractor and is the responsibility of the catering contractor to ensure safe disposal. In the case of the Hamilton campus where catering is in-house this is the responsibility of the University and will managed accordingly. 3 Treated wood e.g. painted, varnished, preserved. 4 Most fridges contain CFC prior to 1994 and HFC post The refrigerant is not the only hazard as the insulation contains either CFC or HFC. Non Ozone depleting cooling systems will still contain CFC or HFC in their insulation. 5 Any material that has been treated or contains hazardous chemicals. This type of waste is hazardous and as such is legislated by the Special Waste Regulations [Scotland] 1996, amended It is also legislated by the Ozone Depleting Substances [ ODS ] Regulations 2002, and a number of other pieces of legislation that can be found in the university s policy on Management and Disposal of Hazardous Waste 2007, section 2. The waste is stored in an approved storage facility until removal by the licensed contractor. 2 Oil Waste oil is collected in the appropriate containers and removed by an approved contractor. This waste is covered by the following legislation: The Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, The Waste Oil Directive (1975) Amended The Waste Oil Directive will be fully integrated into the Waste Framework Directive (2008) as of December 2010 under Article 21. Radioactive Waste This type of waste is generated by specific units only and CAN ONLY be dealt with by the Radiation Protection Officer [RPO] and then disposed of by an approved licensed contractor. RADIOACTIVE WASTE EQUIPMENT CONTAINING Paisley Mr.J.McDonald, [RPO] Head of Health & Safety Services

12 RADIOACTIVE SOURCES. 1 CHEMICALS CONTAINING ELEMENTS FROM THE ACITNIDE SERIES, ATOMIC NUMBERS AND TRANSISTION ELEMENTS Ayr Dumfries Hamilton Mr.J.McDonald, [RPO] Head of Health & Safety Services Mr.J.McDonald, [RPO] Head of Health & Safety Services Mr.J.McDonald, [RPO] Head of Health & Safety Services Any unit that contains a sealed radioactive source. 2 Single elements or compounds. This waste will be stored in an approved storage facility until removal by the contractor. This waste is legislated by Radioactive Substances Act 1993 [RAS93] and the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999, primarily sections 13 & 14. Asbestos Waste This type of waste is normally generated by buildings projects. Prior to project commencement an asbestos survey is carried out by an approved licensed contractor. If asbestos is present then it will be removed at a time that eliminates any risk to individuals. The waste CAN ONLY be removed by a licensed contractor. In the event that asbestos may be suspected in a piece of equipment it must be assessed immediately by contacting the appropriate person [see contact list]. ASBESTOS WASTE PIPE LAGGING. Paisley Dan Maxwell, Building Officer, Estates & Buildings

13 INSULATION BOARDS. Ayr Dumfries Jack Holt Estates & Buildings. Gillian Watters, Estates & Buildings. Hamilton John Cotton, Estates & Buildings. This waste is legislated by Control of Asbestos Regulations This legislation incorporates the three previous sets of regulations dealing with prohibition, control of asbestos at work, and licensing. The Construction Regulations 1994 [Construction Design Management] also apply. 9 Clinical Waste This type of waste is generated by specific units only and CAN ONLY be collected by approved staff and disposed of by an approved licensed contractor. CLINICAL WASTE BLOOD. BLOOD PRODUCTS. ANIMAL PARTS. CONTAMINATED SHARPS. 1 CLOTHING. 2 OTHER. 3 Paisley Ayr Dumfries Hamilton Mrs.A.Dickson, Chief Technician, Biological Sciences Not applicable Not applicable Biological Sciences 1 Needles, syringes, glass, microscope slides, scalpels, and scissors. 2 Lab coats, overalls and gloves. 3 Dressings and swabs. This waste will be removed in yellow bags clearly marked for clinical waste by the contractor. Clinical waste is legislated by the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992, Animal 13

14 by-products [Scotland] Regulations 2003 and Amendment 2009 also the Waste Incineration Regulations [Scotland]

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