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Recycling Policy     


Each Department / Section should have its own paper recycling bin in a central point (or in individual offices, if you go through that much paper !!).If your area doesn't have a bin yet, please contact Jan Long in the Cleaning Section on ext 2300, or e-mail her at Jan is also the contact if you have confidential paperwork for shredding and recycling.

Wind TurbinesThe paper bins are emptied on a weekly basis by our cleaners. The bags are then taken to the baling shed under podia, where the paper is shredded and baled. The bales are collected every week by Essex Reclamation. There, the shredded paper is rebaled with other deliveries into larger volume bales, then delivered to a tissue or pulp substitute paper mill, where it is recycled into kitchen rolls or toilet tissue. So the next time you get an internal memo you don't like, take comfort from the knowledge of what it will end up as if you recycle it ...............

At the moment, approximately 7 large bales a week are being taken away for recycling. The paper is shredded on campus by our porters, however volumes are increasing at a steady rate and with the extra manpower required for the job, this may eventually have to be done externally.

What can and can't be recycled in the PaperSaver bins:


  • white or coloured paper
  • photocopier & computer paper
  • NCR/typing paper
  • leaflets
  • brochures
  • invoices
  • white envelopes


  • newspapers
  • telephone books
  • plastic
  • brown envelopes
  • polythene
  • cardboard
  • general waste

Please remember to remove all staples from material to be recycled

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The Earth - by a child from the University of Essex Day NurseryThere is a large skip located under podia next to the Hexagon, which is picked up weekly by Essex Reclamation. Once at the depot, the cardboard is hand sorted to remove all plastic and other non-cardboard waste dumped in the skip. The cardboard is then baled and delivered to a paper mill, where it is pulped and recycled into cardboard packaging such as cereal boxes.

Please flatten any cardboard placed into the skip

Do not dispose of any other rubbish here

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There are a number of glass/bottle banks around campus for recycling:

  • Under Podia, opposite the campus shop loading bay
  • Sports Centre (cans only)

Green glass is shipped abroad to be crushed and recycled, clear and brown glass is sent to Yorkshire to be melted down and re-used, and cans are sent to Pharoahs in Yorkshire for recycling via local smelting works.

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Toner Cartridges

Next time your printer/photocopier runs out of toner, don't throw the empty cartridge in the bin. Instead, take it to Central Stores, who will arrange for it to be sent to a recycling centre.

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A large number of bikes are abandoned in the cycle racks each year. Once these have been confirmed as not stolen, and a general e-mail sent to staff and students warning them of the pending removal of abandoned cycles, they are then removed from the racks and taken to a local charity "Re-Cycle", who restore the bikes to working order and ship them to villages in Africa.

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University of Essex CampusThe Grounds Section operates an enhancement programme for wildlife around the park, designed to create and encourage habitats for a vast array of wildlife. These initiatives include ; the cessation of trimming under hedgerows - this has meant an increase in small rodents (but not in buildings !!) which are a vital food source to the local owl and smaller birds of prey population; some timbers are left around the park to create a natural habitat for bugs and grubs; and following annual coppicing, the wood which has been removed is now chipped for use as a natural path cover in areas such as Kidney Wood. Dead trees and shrubs are also chipped and / or composted. All pesticides/herbicides used are COSHH registered and are either low risk or non-toxic. A minimal use programme is in operation - either once a year or when infestation occurs.

Since 1996, over 200 shrubs and 270 trees have been planted in the Park, including the 93 Millennium Oaks planted in November 2000.

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Last updated on 14 January 2003.