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1 Green:Keele Waste and Recycling Guide Estates and Development Directorate May 2013

2 Introduction Keele University s Waste Policy follows the simple principles of the waste hierarchy to reduce waste at source, reuse materials where possible and recycle as much of the waste as we can: How It Works- Recycling in Academic and Central Services Buildings on Campus Waste Collection from External Bin Stores All office waste is collected by the University contractor from external bins in the waste stores. General waste bins are clearly labelled as Residual Waste and have black lids. All recycling bins are clearly labelled as Dry Mixed Recyclables and have red lids. Internal segregation of recyclables Dry Mixed Recyclables need to be segregated from general waste to be collected by our waste contractor. The following should : Paper and Card Newspapers and Magazines Recycling is important in: Plastics, Grades 1-4 (including bottles, cups, food wrappers, magazine wrappers, bags) Food and drinks cans Reducing waste sent to landfill Aluminium Foil Reducing pollution and conserving natural resources Saving energy on raw materials Reducing greenhouse gases that cause Global warming and Climate Change. None of the following should be placed within the Dry Mixed Recycling bins: Food Waste The Recycling Strategy is part of the University s Carbon Management Plan to reduce Carbon emissions 34% by 2020 based on 1990 levels. Glass There is also a strong financial incentive to reduce waste at source and recycle. Landfill tax rates from April 2013 is at 72 per tonne and the rate will continue to escalate by 8 in 2014 when it will reach 80 per tonne. Electrical Equipment The purpose of this guide is to inform staff, students and visitors of what and how to recycle waste within the Keele Campus academic buildings, central services buildings and Halls of Residences. How much waste is Keele University recycling? In the 2011/12 academic year the University recycled 43% of its waste. This amounts to 571 tonnes of waste! We would like this to increase to 60% by Metal and Wood Polystyrene Liquids Only clear bin liners can be used for the recycling The waste contractor will not accept recycling in black bags.

3 Recycling in Academic and Central services Buildings The Dry Mixed Recycling can be segregated into ONE Mixed Recycling bin. You must make sure you use only clear bags for recycling. Waste and Recycling A-Z Aerosols Empty aerosols that are non-hazardous can be placed in the Dry Mixed Recycling Bins. Communal recycling points have been placed in public areas and the dry mixed recycling is segregated in to two waste streams, for ease of use and to minimise contamination from items that can t currently. Recycling in Halls of Residence If you are a student living in Halls of Residence you can segregate all Dry Mixed Recyclables (paper, card, plastics, cans) in your kitchen diner. These will be collected by University staff and taken to the outside bin stores for collection. Recycling of Glass Glass waste is recycled in-house at all catering outlets and bars. Glass recycling will be introduced to other areas in the near future. Recycling of Food waste Food waste is segregated in-house at the university catering outlets. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) The WEEE Regulations aim to reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment going to landfill, and increase recovery and recycling rates. WEEE must be segregated from other wastes so it can be collected by a specialist contractor. Aluminium Foil Batteries Must be clean and dry. Batteries contain hazardous materials; please do not throw them away with general waste. Please cover both ends (terminals) of the batteries with insulation tape as when in bulk batteries can spark. Batteries when stored together with exposed terminals have been known to short circuit and overheat potentially causing fires.

4 Books Can they be re-used? Books can be reused by donating to betterworldbooks.co.uk Books can be placed in the Dry Mixed Recycling Carrier bags - plastic Try to avoid carrier bags if possible and reuse where possible. Try and only use plastic bags that are biodegradable. Plastic bags can be placed in the Dry Mixed Recycling Bulky waste ( e.g. removal of filling cabinets, office furniture) Cables (electrical) Contact the Portering Services team on or Cartridges - Printer Ink Cartridges should for re-use. The University is currently reviewing the collection service for this. All electrical wastes must be segregated Cans - Aluminium/steel CDs, DVDs and minidisks There is currently no provision for recycling CD s. However this is currently under review. Contents must be empty. Cardboard Cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed in the external Dry Mixed Recycling bin. Confidential waste Confidential waste should be shredded and/or placed in the confidential waste bags provided by our waste contractor. Confidential waste is bulked up by the University for collection for secure destruction. Don t leave cardboard waste inside buildings as it can become a fire hazard. Contact the Portering Services team on or keele.ac.uk

5 Contractors/construction Contractors waste should NOT be placed in University general waste and recycling bins (100litre eurobins). Fluorescent tubes and lamps Contractor s waste disposal should be arranged with the University project manager. Lighting tubes and lights must be segregated Crisp packets and snack food packets Food tins Must be clean and dry. Electrical waste All electrical wastes (WEEE) must be segregated from other wastes so it can be collected by a specialist contractor. Food waste Food Waste is recycled in-house at catering outlets. In other areas please dispose of in general waste Engine oils/petrol Waste oils are hazardous and require collection by a licenced contractor for safe disposal/recovery. Fridges/Freezers/Chillers Lighting tubes and lights must be segregated Envelopes (with or without windows) Re-use envelopes for internal mail. (plastic windows need to be removed)

6 Furniture and office equipment (NOT including electrical items) Re-use internally at the University or arrange for a local charity to collect. Contact the Portering Services team on or keele.ac.uk IT Computers & Equipment Electronic Equipment must be segregated Junk mail and magazine inserts Can you stop the Junk Mail being delivered? General waste Unfortunately many materials are still nonrecyclable; please place these items into the general waste bin. This can be placed in the Dry Mixed Recycling Laminated paper and posters Not currently recycled. Please dispose of in general waste Glass (mixed) Glass is recycled in-house at catering outlets and bars. In other areas please dispose of in general waste Magazines and newspapers This can be placed in the Dry Mixed Recycling Glass recycling will be introduced to other areas in the near future. Green waste All Green waste is collected on site for composting. Metal small items & large items Milk bottles Scrap metals should.

7 Mobile phones Phones can for re-use. Lighting tubes and lights must be segregated Grades of Plastics Grades 1-4 can currently within the Dry Mixed Recyclables. Plastic Type of plastic polymer Polyethylene terephthalate (PET, PETE) Can it? Yes, this can Common Packaging Applications Soft drink, water and salad dressing bottles; peanut butter and jam jars Newspaper High-density polyethylene (HDPE) Yes, this can Water pipes, Hula-Hoop (children s game) rings, Milk, juice and water bottles; the occasional shampoo / toiletry bottle Office waste paper If the waste is confidential do not use the recycling facilities. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Yes, this can Juice bottles; cling films; PVC piping Plastic cups and bottles Check the grade of plastic usually on the product. You can recycle Grades 1 4 of plastics in the Dry Mixed Recycling Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) Yes, this can Frozen food bags; squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard; cling films; flexible container lids. Polypropylene (PP) No, this cannot (Please re-use or place in the General waste) Reusable microwaveable ware; kitchenware; yogurt containers; margarine tubs; microwaveable disposable take-away containers; disposable cups; plates. Polystyrene Try to avoid using polystyrene altogether as it is a very bulky waste Not currently recycled on campus. Please place in the general waste. Polystyrene (PS) No, this cannot (Please re-use or place in the General waste) Egg cartons; packing peanuts; disposable cups, plates, trays and cutlery; disposable take-away containers; Textiles and clothes Donate them to charity shops, poor quality clothing will by the charity shop Other (often polycarbonate or ABS) No, this cannot (Please re-use or place in the General waste) Beverage bottles; baby milk bottles; electronic casing.

8 Keele University Waste Recycling All of the items below can in Dry Mixed Recycling bins: If you d like to learn more about Sustainability at Keele University please visit our webpages Or here are some Key Contacts: Keele University s Environmental Manager, Huw Evans. Paper and Card Newspapers and Magazines Keele University s Director of Education for Sustainability, Plastics, Grades 1-4 (including bottles, cups, food wrappers, magazine wrappers, bags) Zoe Robinson. Food and drinks cans Aluminium Foil Keele University Sustainability Hub Manager, Sharon George. *NO Glass, NO Food, NO Liquid* The Dry Mixed Recycling can be segregated into ONE Mixed Recycling bin. Details of the recycling services provided by Newcastle Borough Council can be found at: *Only clear bin liners can be used for the recycling The waste contractor will not accept recycling in black bags. The Dry Mixed Recycling is segregated in public areas into TWO mixed waste recycling This is for ease of use for people who may be unfamiliar with the recycling scheme- to minimise contamination from material that can t currently. Recycling point A- Internal Recycling bins with Blue lids for paper and cardboard For any further information about waste and recycling please contact: Estates Help Desk Telephone: Internal extension: or Office Hours, Monday Friday 8:00am 17:00pm Recycling Point B- Recycling bins with Green lids for plastics and cans

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