• Recycling and waste

    In the 2019/20 academic year, we recycled 61% of our waste at Oxford Brookes, including food waste, and landfilled <1%. See our Waste Strategy and Waste Action Plan for details.

    In line with best practice we manage our waste following the waste hierarchy, aligning with the principles of prevention, reduction, reuse, recycling, energy recovery and disposal.

    Waste hierarchy graph from most to least favoured option in this order: Prevention, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Energy recovery, Landfill

    Initiatives and deliverables

    • We partner with the British Heart Foundation and the Oxford Food Bank. Delivering a ‘Pack for Good Campaign’, in 2018/19, Brookes staff and students donated over £48,000 of old belongings. 
    • Bring your own re-usable mug to our catering outlets and receive a 10% discount off your drink.
    • Abandoned bikes are upcycled and reused by Bicester Green and the Bike Doctor, for further information please contact transport@brookes.ac.uk
    • Paperless assignment submissions are now standard across the University.
    • Double sided printing is the default setting for all our printers & old academic books are donated to Better World Books.
    • Recoverable pallets are collected by a local social enterprise RAW and upcycled to make furniture.
    • Internal office equipment and furniture is re-used wherever possible. 

    Final destination for University streams in 2019-20

    Final destination for University streams in 2019-20: 55% recycled, 10% anaerobic digestion, 34% incineration, 1% landfill
    • Dry Mixed Recycling is sent to a Material Recycling Facility, for segregation and recycling.
    • General waste is transported to the nearby Ardley Energy Recovery Facility, recovering energy from waste to help power local homes.
    • All food waste is sent to an anaerobic digester which produces energy, and fertiliser for local farmers.
    • Only 0.8% of waste is disposed of via landfill.
    • 98% of our construction waste is recycled.

    More information

    See  A to Z of Waste for details on what to recycle and where at Oxford Brookes.

    Email sustainability@brookes.ac.uk to join the internal Environmental Forum to reuse furniture and office equipment.