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Recycling: A-Z

If you're throwing away something that someone else could still possibly use, you can advertise it on Warwick Swap to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Otherwise, here's an A-Z list of what to do with each type of waste:

A

Aerosols

You can put empty aerosols etc in either the green mixed-recycling bins in your office or residence, or in one of the blue mixed recycling bins found at the recycling points around campus.

Aluminium Cans and Foil

You can put empty drinks cans etc in either the green mixed-recycling bins in your office or residence, or in one of the blue mixed recycling bins found at the recycling points around campus.

B

Batteries

Do not put batteries in general waste bins.

Put your batteries in the red battery recycling box in the lobby/post area of your building.

For large batteries or 'button' batteries please email wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk.

Bikes

If you can't sell or donate your bike please email wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk to arrange for your bike to be collected and recycled.

Black Plastic Trays (from Food & Drink)

If these can't be returned to Food and Drink please recycle these in the blue mixed recycle bins in the recycling points around campus or the green recycling bin in your department.

Books

If you cannot sell or donate your books please take them to one of the blue paper banks at the campus recycling points.

If it's just a few books, you can put them either in the green mixed recycling bins in your residence or office, or, in offices, you can put them in the pink waste paper sacks.

For bulk recycling of books pleae contact Wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk

Box Files

If they're still useable, re-label them and re-use them. If not, put them in the big, blue mixed recycling bins at one of the recycling points around campus.

Brochures

If you've got a lot of brochures to recycle, take them to one of the blue paper banks at the campus recycling points.

If it's just a few brochures, you can put them either in the green mixed recycling bins in your residence or office.

For bulk reycling please contact Wasteandrecycling@warwickac.uk

C

CDs

Put disks in the disk collection containers in the Library (floor 2), University House, Avon Building (ground floor), WBS Scarman (student lounge) and the Medical School restaurant foyer.

Cables and Wires

As with all electrical waste, please complete our WEEE Declaration Form.

Cans

You can put drinks cans etc in either the green mixed-recycling bins in your office or residence, or in one of the blue mixed recycling bins found at the recycling points around campus.

Card (Thin)

Thin card and cartons can go in either green sacks or pink sacks.

Cardboard

Put small cardboard items in the Green Mixed Recycling bins and larger items in the Blue Mixed Recycling points around campus.

Make sure you flatten any boxes before putting them in.

Cassettes (Audio and Video)

Email the Waste and Recycling Team (wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk) to arrange collection. If there's any sensetive data on the cassette in question, please remove the tape from the cassette before getting in touch.

Clothes and Other Fabric

Put these in the red British Heart Foundation clothing and textile banks.

You can find these near Lakeside, Cryfield/Redfern, Claycroft, Jack Martin, Rootes, the Sports Centre, Heronbank, Bluebell, Sherbourne, Tocil, Aurthur Vick and the Westwood recycling points.

Computers and Computer Accessories

There's a special set of procedures for IT waste (including desktop and notebook computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers and scanners).

Visit the IT website to find out more.

Confidential Waste Paper

You should put this into confidential waste sacks. Contact the Estates Helpdesk (x22567) to order confidential waste bags and to arrange collection.

Departments retain responsibility for the storage of confidential waste items (including their shredding, where appropriate) prior to collection. It is the responsibility of Departments to identify dedicated secure areas for the holding of these confidential waste items prior to pick up and transfer to the locked skip.

D

DVDs

Put disks in the disk collection containers in the Library (floor 2), University House, Avon Building (ground floor), WBS Scarman (student lounge) and the Medical School restaurant foyer.

E

Electrical Equipment

If you've got any electrical waste, please fill in our WEEE declaration form.

Envelopes

Re-use envelopes where possible, otherwise recycle them in the office paper recycling bin (pink sacks).

F

Floppy Disks

Put disks in the disk collection containers in the Library foyer, Library 2, IT Westwood Ground Floor, WBS Scarman (student lounge) and the Medical School restaurant foyer.

Fluorescent Tubes

Please email the Waste and Recycling Team (wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk) to arrange collection. University electricians usually deal with these themselves.

Food

Put food in the general waste bins if a Food Waste bin is not available - do not contaminate the recycling bins with it. We're currently investigating expanding the food waste collection system throughout campus.

Fridges and Freezers

As with all electrical waste, please comlete our WEEE Declaration Form.

Furniture

All furniture for disposal must be listed on WarwickSwap for 2 weeks, giving other departments the opportunity to reuse these items. For removal of furniture use the portering service.

Contact furniture@warwick.ac.uk for more advice .

G

Glass (Toughened)

Toughened glass must not be placed in the glass banks. Put it in the general waste bin.

Examples of toughened glass are: pyrex oven dishes, microwave glass plates and other ovenware.

For any items of toughened glass too large to fit in a general waste bin, please email the Waste and Recycling Team (wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk) to arrange collection.

Glass Bottles and Jars

Take these to the bottle banks at one of the recycling points around campus. Any colour of glass can be placed in any colour of container.

I

IT Waste

There's a special set of procedures for IT waste (including desktop and notebook computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers and scanners).

Visit the IT website to find out more.

J

Journals

If it's just a few journals, you can put them either in the green mixed recycling bins in your residence or office.

If you've got a lot of journals to recycle please contact Wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk.

L

Light Bulbs

Please email the Waste and Recycling Team (wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk) to arrange collection. University electricians usually deal with these themselves.

M

Magazines

If it's just a few magazines, you can put them either in the green mixed recycling bins in your residence or office.

If you've got a lot of magazines to recycle please contact Wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk.

Metal

Please take any waste metal to the Boiler House Yard compound. Any electricals will be removed by the Waste and Recycling Team at the compound.

For bulk metal collections contact Wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk

Metal Cans

You can put drinks cans etc in either the green mixed-recycling bins in your office or residence, or in one of the blue mixed recycling bins found at the recycling points around campus.

Mobile Phones and Batteries

Take out the SIM card, and keep hold of it to make sure you don't suffer identity fraud.

Take out the battery and put it in the red battery box in the lobby/post area of your building.

For the rest of the phone, as with all electrical equipment, please complete our WEEE Declaration Form.

N

Nappies

You can't recycle nappies - please put them in the sanitary bins in toilets.

Newspaper

If it's just a few newspapers, you can put them either in the green mixed recycling bins in your residence or office.

If you've got a lot of newspaper to recycle please contact Wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk.

O

Office Waste Paper

There are pink sacks in your office for any non-confidential office waste paper.

Any confidential waste paper should go in a confidential waste sack. Contact the Estates Helpdesk (x22567) to order confidential waste bags and to arrange collection.

Departments retain responsibility for the storage of confidential waste items (including their shredding, where appropriate) prior to collection. It is the responsibility of Departments to identify dedicated secure areas for the holding of these confidential waste items prior to pick up and transfer to the locked skip.

P

Paint

Do not pour paint down the drain - doing this is illegal since it damages the environment and poses a health risk.

Contact the Waste and Recycling Team (wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk) and we'll deal with the paint.

Paper

Offices have dedicated waste paper recycling bins, with pink sacks.

Paper can go in the mixed recycling bins in your office or kitchen.

Plastic

Put plastic in either the green sacks in your office/residence, or in one of the blue mixed recycling bins around campus.

Printer cartridges

There are printer cartridge recycling boxes in most buildings.

If your department doesn’t have its own method of recycling cartridges, contact the Waste and Recycling Team (wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk) - they'll talk to your department’s administrator.

Printers

As with all electrical waste, please comlete our WEEE Declaration Form.

R

Ring Binders

If they're still working, put ring binders back in your departments stationary cupboard. If they're broken, put them in general waste.

If you have surplus for reuse please contact Wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk

T

Thin Card

Thin card can go in either green sacks or pink sacks.

V

Video Players

As with all electrical waste, please comlete our WEEE Declaration Form.

W

WEEE

WEEE stands for "Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment".

If you've got any electrical waste, please fill in our WEEE declaration form.

Wood

Take wood to the Waste and Recycling Team at the Boiler House Waste Compound. We'll make sure it gets recycled.

For waste wood collections please contact Wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk

Wooden Pallettes

We'll collect wooden pallettes. Get in touch with the Waste and Recycling Team (wasteandrecycling@warwick.ac.uk) to arrange this with us.