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

Waste data

UEA recycles 45% of its waste directly, and is targeting 60%.

Although UEA’s recycling rate has dropped 1.8% from last year to 45.3%, waste being recovered by Energy from Waste (EfW) has increased by 18% to a total of 48.6%, and has been used to generate around 231,000kWh of electricity.

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

UEA sends only 5% of its waste to landfill, as the energy from waste process produces some residue.


Destinations for UEA's waste (2014/15 data)

Our strategy

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

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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



Save with WARPit Save with WARPit

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.

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Questions or issues? Email Andy Watts



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UEA's FreeAds network allows staff and students to exchange, buy or sell items. Subscribe to receive notifications of items and opportunities from other UEA members.

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

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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