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In the autumn term, we’ll be running a big project about the future of UCL’s carbon emissions.  More...

Published: Jul 21, 2014 2:46:00 PM

UCL action for Sustainability Celebrated at the Green Impact Awards

UCL's President & Provost, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of the UCL community in tackling our environmental impacts this week at the Green Impact Award Ceremony.   More...

Published: Jun 11, 2014 3:03:00 PM

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Published: May 12, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Big Easter Switch Off: the results!

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Published: May 1, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Waste and Recycling

Reducing waste and making sure waste materials are recycled are essential parts of creating a more sustainable UCL. We currently recycle around 69% of our waste. We have a target of to increase this to 85%, but it'll take efforts from everyone, staff and students, to make this happen. Two of the most important things you can do are using the right bin (and making sure your bins are correctly labelled so others do too), and using WARPit to share unwanted resources and equipment.  



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Use the right bin

UCL operates a three bin system across the estate for mixed recycling, food and non-recyclable waste. 

  1. mixed recycling: all recyclable items (paper, glass, plastic, cartons, cans, etc.) go in the bins marked 'mixed recycling'. These materials just have to be dry and largely food-free. They're taken away and sorted off-site to ensure the highest amount of recyclable materials are collected. 
  2. food only: all food waste should go in the bins marked 'food only' in orange. This is taken off-site and broken down using anaerobic digestion. 
  3. non-recyclable waste: All those items that are left, items like food-contaminated containers, go in the bins marked 'non-recyclable waste' in black. These items are incinerated and the heat they produce is used to generate energy. 

Over the summer of 2014, UCL is rolling out new bins across many buildings and departments. It's also launched a new set of unified signage for all bins. Please note that all new bin signage must match this signage scheme. 

Find out more about how to use bins at UCL

Find out more about and download UCL's bin signage




Use WARPit!



warpit screenshot

WARPit is an easy to use online portal which allows staff at UCL to redistribute (give, loan or share) resources legally and conveniently within UCL and beyond. The tool makes it easy for staff to find others with spare equipment and resources. It's all about reducing purchasing costs and waste disposal costs, as well as avoiding landfill and carbon emissions.

Register and start using WARPit


Disposing of specialist wastes

General Waste
Confidential Waste
Electronic, Electrical and Computer Waste
Toner and Printer Cartridges Waste
Glass Waste
Battery Waste
Furniture and Bulk Waste