Waste and Recycling

Lancaster University's Waste & Recycling Strategy was adopted in 2011.  The projects and actions implemented as elements of the Waste Strategy have resulted in significant improvements in recycling rates and major reductions in carbon emissions associated with recycling and waste disposal. Recycling rates have improved from 7.5% in 2006-07 to 76% in 2013-14. 

‌Waste and Recycling Performance

Approximately 2,000 tonnes of waste and recycling are generated at Lancaster University every year, which works out at 5-6 tonnes per day or 66kg/per person per year. A lot of effort has been put into improving waste and recycling facilities and arrangements, but we need your help to reduce the amount of waste generated and increase reuse and recycling.

Lancaster University’s Waste and recycling performance has improved significantly in recent years with recycle rates improving from less than 7.5% in 2006-07 to 76% in 2013-14.

Re-use, Recycling, Recovery and Disposal

Around 2% of the waste generated at Lancaster University is segregated for re-use. Typically this includes furniture, electronic items, white goods and unwanted items at the end of term. This is done via our Exodus Project, run by Green Lancaster

Over 60% of waste is recycled, 22% is segregated on site for recycling and the remainder separated at off-site treatment facilities. This includes card, paper, plastic bottles and metal cans and mixed glass.

Recovery of up to 30% of waste (primarily biodegradable materials) is anticipated to commence soon. This material will be separated and treated at a specialist off-site treatment facility to produce an organic soil type material, suitable for forestry use.

The remainder of waste around 45% is disposed of to landfill. Significant reductions in waste disposal to landfill are anticipated in the next few years as re-se recycling and recovery rates improve.

Office Waste and Recycling

Internal segregated recycling bins have been installed in office, administration and teaching areas across the campus.

Bins are segregated to collect paper, newspaper and magazines and plastic bottles and metal cans as well as general waste.

Lancaster University cleaning staff are responsible for emptying these bins and taking the waste and recycling to the external bin stores. In buildings where the segregated waste and recycling bins have been installed, the cleaning staff ARE NOT responsible for emptying individual ‘under desk’ office bins. Staff are responsible for taking their own office waste and recycling to the nearest internal bins. Internal bins have been located so that they are a short distance from any office.

Residential Waste and Recycling

All student residences have three stream kitchen recycle bins installed. The bins can take newspaper, magazines & card, mixed glass and plastic bottles and metal cans. Residents are responsible for transferring recyclates from their kitchen bins to the external bin stores.

External Bin Stores

External bin stores are conveniently located across campus. All bin stores have general waste bins and virtually all have green segregated recycle bins for card, paper, newspaper & magazines, mixed glass and plastic bottles and metal cans. Look out for dark green card skips rather than bins in the larger bin stores.

Bin Store Fire Safety

Please do not put disposable barbecues, lighted cigarettes or other sources of ignition into waste or recycle bins in the external bin stores. Disposal of these items has caused serious fires. Please use the marked barbecue bins located close to the fixed barbecue stations.