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All empty aerosols are recycled in the mixed recycling bins across all sites.
Contact Facilities Management for a safe disposal option.
If the aerosols are hazardous in nature i.e. they previously
stored chemicals these should be disposed as hazardous waste.
Contact the Facilities Team on x8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Please note that batteries are a hazardous waste which cannot be place in recycling or landfill bins
Portable batteries e.g. (AA, AAA, Lead Acid, Ni-Cd, NiMH, Alkaline, re-chargeable batteries) have separate battery collections available at each site which allow them to be recycled (see table below).
lithium battery waste should be stored
and disposed of via the Environmental Services Team, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are the pink battery recycling bins:
Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill:
Recycling points are JHBb Reception, Student Union in the JHBb, in the Colonnade Shop and the Shop in Headington Hill.
Reception, Sport Centre and Westminster Hall
Clive Booth Student Village:
Paul Kent Hall:
(Car batteries must be disposed of by ordering a collection from the Grundon Helpdesk Helpdesk@grundon.com)
What happens to them?
Batteries are recycled.
If you think other staff and students would be interested in reference books please email the Environment Forum,
email@example.com, with your offer (instructions added at top of the page).
Book collection points
All Student Halls have British Heart Foundation Collection Points
Large donations of books including academic books
For large donations of books contact Better World Books
Books are reused or recycled.
All metal food and drinks cans can be recycled in the Comingled Recycling bins across all sites.
(Metal paint cans and other metal chemical containers are disposed of as Hazardous waste. See Paint and Chemicals)
All cardboard can be recycled in the Comingled Recycling bins across all sites.
If boxes are too large to go in the bin, flatten them and leave them by flattened boxes alongside communal recycling bins.
Send CD’s, DVD’s and Floppy Disks to the Sustainability Team in the internal post.
Items are scratched to prevent data protection breaches and sent to
a local scrap store to be used in art projects.
British Heart Foundation points are at the following locations:
All clothes, CDs, books and other bric a brac can be donated. Clean university uniforms can be donated as long as the university logo and any job title is first removed.
Please also donate items to other charities where appropriate. A full city wide map of Charity shop locations can be found below:
Most chemicals and their packaging are classed as hazardous waste. Please ensure that chemicals are not placed in the general waste unless this is clearly indicated as acceptable on the Materials Safety Date Sheet.
It is the responsibility of the Facilities and Directorates that produce the chemical waste to dispose of it.
Small amounts of chemicals and their packaging may be able to be disposed of in hazardous waste bins which are controlled by Facilities Services. Contact them on x8888 or
To dispose of large quantities of chemicals contact Grundons by e-mailing
Helpdesk@grundon.com. When the chemicals are collected a copy of the Waste Consignment note must be sent to the Sustainability Team (
Recycled or disposed of as hazardous waste.
If you are a student that needs a sharp bin in your hall, contact your hall manager.
Clinical Waste and Sharps can only be disposed of in Clinical Waste Bins. It is the responsibility of the Faculty or Directorate who produces clinical waste to dispose of it.
Health and Life Science have a series of bins for clinical waste disposal. Contact Elizabeth Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Gipsy Lane site,
Justin Cule (email@example.com)
for Marston Road and Swindon.
If you have clinical waste in any other area of the University please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, your sites Facilities Services or Halls Office for help.
What happens to it?
This waste stream is sent for incineration in line with legislative requirements.
Clean clothes, cloth and shoes can be donated to the British Heart Foundation, red donation bins are available at all halls.
(Please note Brookes branded clothes can be donated, however, it is important to remove wording which would indicated that the wearer of the clothes is representing the University e.g. Campus Service or Student Ambassador).
Clothes are reused or recycled.
Computers and electrical equipment can be hazardous waste. In many cases they can be reused even when they appear to be broken.
Contact Facilities Services or your halls office to arrange a collection.
All Computers, Laptops, Tablets and Mobile Phones must be collected by IT Services for disposal. Raise a ticket via the IT Service Desk
All other electrical equipment is collected by Facilities Services. Contact them on x8888 or
Computers and electrical equipment are reused or recycled
Facilities Services provide confidential shredding bags. Contact them on x8888 or
Where a department requires a shredding console, contact
Confidential waste paper is shredded and recycled.
Estates Services have a collection for fluorescent and non-fluorescent light bulbs. Fluorescent light bulbs are hazardous waste.
Estates services collect light bulbs of all varieties. Email Steve Holton (
email@example.com) or the maintenance help desk (
Light bulbs are recycled.
Refrigeration equipment is a hazardous waste and cannot be disposed of in recycling bins, landfill bins or skips.
To dispose of items contact Facilities Services or your Hall Manager.
(See Computers and Electrical Equipment for further details).
Refrigeration equipment is reused or recycled
Before you dispose of an item of furniture or other office supplies please advertise the items on the EnvForum by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff can also advertise furniture by putting a Notice in
When no faculty or department wants the furniture, it can be donated to staff members, students, charities or community groups. Just complete the quick and easy
Furniture Donation Form.
Local charities that will collect furniture include:
EMMAUS: contact them on
or 01865 763698
British Heart Foundation:
0844 334 1414
Where furniture cannot be reused or no internal or external organisation wants it, contact Facilities Services or Hall Managers to arrange disposal.
It is recycled or landfilled.
Separate food waste collection points are available in catering facilities at Gipsy Lane, Wheatley, Marston Road, Harcourt Hill, Westminster Halls, Lady Spenser Hall, and Clive Booth Student Village.
In all other areas only dispose of food in landfill bins. Food in mixed recycling bins will contaminate the recycling and may result in the whole bag being sent to landfill.
Food goes to an Anaerobic Digester where it is used to make energy and fertiliser.
Glass bottles and jars can be recycled in all recycling bins. Please empty jars and bottles and wash jars out before disposal.
Never put broken glass directly into a waste bin -
Where full printer toner cartridges are available please email
to advertise to staff and students their availability.
All toner cartridges are recycled through a third
party contractor, contact Facilities Services. Contact them on xtn 8888
or email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
They are reused or recycled.
All staff mobiles must be reused in the department or returned to IT Services.
To dispose of mobile phones place them in a
green bag, available from the reception of each site, and place the bags in the external post. To request green bags for your office please contact
Collection points for all mobile phones are also available at Marston Road reception, Gipsy Lane Store, IT Services Wheatley or Swindon Reception.
Mobile phones are reused or recycled.
Paper is placed into the mixed recycling bins at all sites.
Paper is recycled.
Paint and its containers is a hazardous waste. It must not be disposed of in recycling bins, last resort (general waste) bins or skips.
Estates Services will collect small quantities of paint in the University. Contact
or Adrian Moroney (
email@example.com) to arrange a collection.
For large amounts of paint contact Grundons (
firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange disposal. A copy of the waste consignment note must be sent to
Paint is recycled or disposed of.
Staff and students are welcome to take waste pallets from site for reuse. Please complete the quick and easy
Furniture Donation Form
and return it to
email@example.com. If you would like some pallets, contact your site’s Facilities Services or Halls Office.
Pallets and wood cannot be disposed of in recycling bins.
Small pieces of wood can be disposed of in last resort (general waste) bins.
To dispose of large pieces of wood and pallets contact your site’s Facilities Services or Halls Office
Pallets are up-cycled into furniture or recycled
through RAW – a local social enterprise scheme.
All plastic bottles, drink cups, packaging and Tetra Packs can be placed in any mixed recycling bin across all campuses and halls, with the exception of black bin liners, crisp packets, polystyrene foam and hard/brittle plastic such as storage boxes.
Used spill kits and contaminated rags are a hazardous waste. They must be stored in a sealed plastic container in a well-ventilated area. They cannot be disposed of in the recycling bins, last resort (general waste) bins or skips.
For small amounts contact the site’s Facilities Services on x8888 or
For larger amounts contact Grundons (
firstname.lastname@example.org). Send a copy of the waste consignment note to
or to the Environmental Services Team in internal mail.
(Where are spill has occur please complete form
Used spill kits and rags are disposed of as a hazardous waste.
Please do not allow swarf to go into the general waste bins.
Metal is recycled once it is placed in skips. Please contact your site’s Facilities Services or Halls Offices.
If swarf has been cut using oil based coolant, it is classed as Hazardous Waste and must be disposed of by contacting Grundons (
Metal is recycled.
Advice for waste manager
Tyres cannot be disposed of by recycling bins, landfill bins or skips. Contact Grundons (
email@example.com) arrange collections. Send a copy of the waste consignment note to
or to the Sustainability Team in internal mail.