Working Together to Reduce Our Waste

At Swansea University, we're committed to embedding a culture of waste prevention, reuse and recycling throughout our operations, ensuring we uphold our legal duty of care. 

We manage our waste in accordance with the Waste Framework Directive and operate within all relevant waste legislation and within the remit of the waste hierarchy.

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The Carbon Trust Standard recognise organisations that follow best practice in measuring, managing and reducing their environmental impact. The Carbon Trust Standard for Waste distinguishes organisations that can demonstrate real reductions in waste streams year-on-year and show that waste is being dealt with more effectively; for example through increased recovery, recycling or reuse.

Following an extensive audit and assessment period from 2017-2020, in September 2020 we became the first University in Wales to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste. Valid for two years, the standard provides recognition of our fantastic achievements to date which include an impressive 15% reduction in total waste production and an overall score of 75%* for our waste management practices.

* the best performing organisation in the sector achieved 84% so we’re up there with the best!

During the 2018-19 academic period, we diverted 68% of all waste produced from energy recovery and landfill by adhering to the waste hierarchy. For the 2019-20 academic year, due to the challenges brought by the covid-19 pandemic, total on-campus waste production reduced dramatically by 172 tonnes on the previous year, with a diversion rate of 65% achieved. 

As part of our new Sustainability Strategy which is due to be published in early 2021, renewing our certification will be a big priority for us and will involve an interim assessment with The Carbon Trust in mid 2021.

We very much hope this achievement will encourage continuous improvement in waste management practices across the University and look forward to working with staff, students and other partners to ensure we continue to meet the Standard. 

View a summary of the University’s Waste Management Assessment Results.