Reduce, re-use and recycle Reduce, re-use and recycle

2016 waste report: percentage reused or recycled

UEA recycled 49.6% of its waste directly in 2015-16, and has a target to reach 60% by July 2017.

This means that overall we have reduced landfill diversion from 21.6% last year to 5.4% this year.

UEA’s general waste is sent to an energy from waste (EfW) facility, and as a result sends only 5% of waste to landfill as the energy from waste process produces some residue.

Our actions

British Heart Foundation partnership

UEA has raised £35,592 for the British Heart Foundation since starting campus collections at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. The BHF has been able to install 35 potentially life-saving defibrillators across the city with these funds. We have 4 permanent BHF banks: at Dr Bike, the Village courtyard, Browne House, and the Elizabeth Fry Building car park.

Destinations for UEA's waste (2015/16 data)

War on waste: coffee cups

It is currently not possible to recycle single-use coffee cups: the plastic lining of the cardboard cup cannot be separated. In the UK we throw away 2.5 billion cups a year — that’s more than 5,000 every minute.

At UEA there are two options:

  • Invest in a Keep Cup or reusable coffee mug: get money back on every cup of coffee at most suppliers, cut waste, and feel happier!
  • Recycle cup lids, send cups to general waste.

Bin compactors

UEA produces a huge amount of waste and requires regular bin collections to empty our bins. To prevent overflowing bins and reduce the amount of collections needed, the University now has four bin compactors onsite. These are used in the main high-volume areas (near Campus Kitchen, Student Union, and the SU Shop). Compactors compress waste by a mechanised arm pushing down on the bin contents, thereby making more efficient use of space. INTO have recently purchased a solar powered compactor that has been very successful.

Read more: Read the case study on our recent waste contract (2015)

Get involved Get involved

Reduce how much you need to throw away

Although 90% of UEA’s total waste mass is diverted from landfill, through recycling programmes and energy from waste generation, this all costs the University approximately £260,000 per year.

Producing less waste is a better option than recycling, and much better than disposing to landfill.

Why re-use and recycle?

Disposing of waste to landfill, by incineration, or through chemical disposal routes is more expensive and has a higher environmental cost than the alternatives.

Legislation covers storage and segregation of waste, as well as disposal/removal and recycling. It is therefore vital that we all take responsibility for the waste we produce.

Waste guide: How To...



2015 contract case study



WARPit reuse network WARPit reuse network


Furniture and other unwanted items can be exchanged through our free online re-use platform, WARPit.

Avoid procurement and disposal costs by registering, and by encouraging people with purchasing responsibilities for your School or Department to sign up.

Register with WARPit

Student residences



Questions or issues? Email Sustainability



Campus Community Campus Community


UEA's Campus Community network (formerly FreeAds) allows staff and students to exchange, buy or sell items.

PLEASE NOTE: This network is for personal items and materials only. Do not use the Campus Community pages to get rid of University assets.

Explore the Campus Community

Bin busy? Bin busy?

Brown/ green caddy for food and compostable materials  Vegetables, fruit, dairy products, egg shells, meat, fish, bones, all cooked and uncooked food items, any compostable material and packaging.

Blue for landfill – general waste which is not hazardous, recyclable or compostable.


Green for recycling Recycle steel/aluminium cans, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aerosol cans. All office bins are for recycling only.

Black for glass bins are located at external bin stores, the Recycling Zone and West Car Park.

Find out more: Recycling Guide