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.
How Are We Doing?
At the end of the 2016/17 academic year, we achieved a 60% diversion rate. We segregated 53% of our total waste for recycling (659 tonnes), 7% food waste (88 tonnes) for anaerobic digestions and the remaining 40% of non-recyclable waste (487 tonnes) was sent for energy recovery.
What Else Can I Recycle on Campus?
We're really proud to have teamed up with TerraCycle, who believe in 'Eliminating the Idea of Waste ® by recycling the ‘non-recyclable’. TerraCycle provide free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers and retailers to allow us to collect and recycle generally hard-to-recycle waste.
You can recycle the following waste items on campus at our designated TerraCycle collection points:
- Writing instruments: Any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, mechanical pencil, correction instrument (tape and fluid pots), fountain pen, ink cartridge pen.
- Crisps, Nuts, Pretzels and Popcorn packets: Any brand of crisps, nuts, pretzels and popcorn packets. All packets must be empty of leftover food product.
- Tassimo and L’OR: Tassimo Flow Wrap packaging, Tassimo T-Discs, L’OR coffee capsules, Kenco Eco Refill packs, Kenco plastic coffee jar lids. (Please note that any other branded items including Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee pods CANNOT be sent to TerraCycle, however you can visit the brand website for recycling information).