Recycling and Waste Management

The University has waste collection and recycling facilities around the Campus. The following waste streams are collected:

  • Paper
  • Mixed Recycling – including cans, card and plastics
  • Glass
  • General Waste

During term time the University generates around 50 tonnes of general waste each month. The general waste generated by the University is taken to a local sorting facility, where readily recyclable items are extracted from the waste stream for recycling. The remaining residual waste is then sent to a local Energy from Waste facility, where it is burnt to generate electricity and heat.

The University has a rolling programme to introduce new recycling and general waste bins around the Brayford Campus. The new bins have the WRAP Recycle Now logos to ensure that waste streams are clearly marked. The graph below shows how much waste and recycling the university generated over the last 15 months.

Waste and recycling campus

The University has installed two recycling areas in the Student Village; and also has recycling bins outside each of the Cygnet Wharf buildings.

Read the “Lazy Recycling Plan” by student Alex Carlin

Waste and recycling courts

You can view a map highlighting specialist and general recycling points on campus here:

» Recycling Map

For people living within Lincoln you can find details about what items can be recycled here.

As part of the University efforts to increase recycling rates across campus we are working on two different projects.

Communal Bins in Staff Areas

Starting with a trial in Bridge House, the brief was simple we were no longer going to empty desk bins and instead provide larger general waste and recycling bins in central, communal areas.

The results would be two fold, firstly staff would be encouraged to take their own general waste and recycling to the communal bins where they could then make the choice to put the rubbish in the correct waste stream thus increasing the recycling rates on campus. Secondly, it would save the cleaner’s time in emptying multiple desk bins and instead they would be able to focus on cleaning.

The results and opinions on this trial have been very positive, with only 9% saying that they’re recycling less. And nearly 75% say the communal banks are aiding them to recycle more.

Having learn from this, we intend to roll out this program across the campus.

Village Green Recycling

At the moment, there are specific recycling areas with the student village and students are encouraged to take their recycling to these areas. From September we plan to have the larger recycle bins outside each of the courts and intend to provide clear plastic bags to each student flat to allow them to recycle more affectively.

It is important to give detailed information about what can and can’t be recycled and as part of this campaign we employed a student to design an infographic style poster to highlight what can and can’t be recycled. Look out for it around campus!

Battery recycling

The University of Lincoln now has a range of locations around the Brayford Campus where portable batteries can be collected for recycling.

What do we mean by “portable batteries”? – In terms of batteries that the University can send for recycling we mean household batteries – i.e. AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, 9.5V and button cells from watches and calculators,

There are main battery collection points in the following locations:

  • MHT Entrance Lobby
  • University Library Entrance Lobby
  • Minerva Building Security Office

In addition, there are battery collection side pods on recycling bins in the following locations:

  • Minerva Building: Atrium
  • Joseph Banks Laboratories – JBL0C59 (Corridor to the Ground Floor Social Learning Space)
  • Junxion Seminar Rooms – Entrance Lobby
  • AAD West – Quad Cafe Area
  • David Chiddick Building

What happens to the batteries that we collect for recycling?

The University is registered to the Battery Back Recycling Scheme. Battery Back is a national compliance scheme for the collection and recycling of waste batteries. The European Union Battery Directive requires member states to reach recycling targets for batteries – in 2016 the collection target is for 45% of batteries by weight of sales. For more information see:

Battery Back sends the collected batteries to recycling plants in Belgium run by a company called Revatech. The batteries are then sorted into different chemistry types and are sent into the appropriate recycling process. The recycling facility is able to recover metals (steel, zinc and brass), plastics and the different components of the “black mass” in the batteries (zinc, carbon and manganese). Overall around 55% of the batteries by weight are recycled.

Other Waste Streams

WEEE (electronic waste) – the ICT Department collects waste ICT items, which are then sent for reuse and recycling. Campus Services are responsible for the removal of the larger WEEE items on campus.

Hazardous Waste – the University is registered as a hazardous waste producer.