Reduce, re-use, recycle: UEA’s new recycling scheme Reduce, re-use, recycle: UEA’s new recycling scheme

20 July 2015

From 1 August 2015, UEA has had a new waste contract that has saved money, simplified the waste collection process and improved both the sustainability and quality assurance of the University’s waste contractors. The new contract is projected to save over £320,000 and marks a step-change in UEA’s approach to consolidated tenders and collaborative working.

UEA recycled 49% of its waste directly in 2014/15, and is targeting 60%. Last year the University produced over 1270 tonnes of waste – that’s the same as 92kg of waste per student. 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.

Andy Watts, Waste and Recycling Manager, and Claire Woodcroft, Purchasing Officer, worked collaboratively with the Sciences and Safety Services to establish a new waste contract that met both financial and sustainable criteria as well as providing the best possible service across nine waste streams.

Staff and students will not see a change to what can be recycled, but new posters are being produced to promote recycling and how to dispose of different wastes in the best way possible.

Chemical waste services have been moved to a supplier based in Great Yarmouth, providing a more flexible service and reducing our carbon footprint. The company also employs a number of UEA graduates.

The confidential waste supplier is also local, based in Rackheath, and operate a number of green schemes including the recycling of liquid waste as an agricultural pesticide. They have installed an extensive system of solar panels on their building and have acquired a piece of land where they will be planting trees to offset the carbon they emit from their operations.


Contact Andy Watts (Environmental Management System, Waste and Water Manager) with issues or questions: a.watts@uea.ac.uk

Find out more about how to recycle and what UEA is doing