Continuously rated as one of the top universities in the UK, the University is a residential collegiate occupies 320 buildings, with 17,500 students and 3,000 staff.
In 2016 the University was in the process of re-tendering its waste services. These had been contracted for a number of years based upon a traditional rigid approach for general waste and recyclables. The existing service did not adequately provide environmental monitoring data, limiting the University’s ability to tackle waste generation as part of its environmental commitments.
As part of the re-tendering exercise, the University intends to adopt a new approach to waste management, aiming to:
- reduce the overall cost of waste incorporating the equipment, labour, transport and disposal
- reduce waste generation at source; and
- enable informed decisions to be made on waste management, based on clear data