Improvements to recycling facilities on campus

Over the past week, you may have noticed the look of our bins changing – you should notice new labelling and instructions on individual bins. This is to make it easier for you to recycle on campus, reduce contamination and help us reach our target of 60% reuse or recycling of all waste by 2020. Currently 46.3% of our waste is reused or recycled.

Following a period of research that involved surveying staff and students, we found some were still unclear about what could be recycled at Manchester Met.  In addition, instructions on display were out of date or had disappeared. The refresh was needed to reduce contamination and boost recycling.

Main change to be aware of on campus:

  1. Non-Recyclable Waste – this has changed from ‘General Waste’ we wanted to make it clearer exactly what this is. Waste that cannot be recycled and will end up in incineration!
  2. Glass – there is a move within the industry to separate glass from other recyclable materials. We will now be collecting the small amount of glass we produce on campus in separate glass bins, which will be rolled out over the coming weeks. These will be located in or near the entrances of all buildings – please dispose of glass items on your way out of the building.
  3. Food – after successful trials in Brooks & the Business School we are now rolling out Food Recycling to staff areas in all buildings. A food caddie will soon appear, all you need to do is put ALL food waste in it and this will be collected by Facilities. Food waste is sent to produce BioGas and Fertiliser.

paper and cardboardglass recycling

Over the coming weeks we will be conducting a number of activities to build awareness of recycling at Manchester Met and will be around campus talking to staff and students about recycling right on campus.

Still unsure about what you can recycle on campus? Remind yourself here.

If you have any questions or comments regarding recycling at Manchester Met, please direct them to