Waste Management and Recycling

(Welsh versions of this webpage and associated pages available soon)

Aberystwyth University is striving for Towards Zero Waste Wales by 2027! A number of initiatives and behaviour change campaigns are being run throughout the University to help achieve this large target! Some of these include:

- Bin the Bin

- Love Food Hate Waste Cascade Training

- Green Impact


- Charity Collection Points at the end of term

The Aberystwyth University Waste Management Policy was approved in 2015 and can be found Policy.

Please remember to always follow the WASTE HIERARCHY!

If you receive waste transfer notes/consignment notes as a result of your activities, please ensure you log these on the Waste Section of the Aberystwyth University Environmental Management System. You can request access to this system via the contact details below.

If your asset had an original value greater than £10 000, a Fixed Asset Disposal form must be completed and returned to the Finance Department before disposal.

Useful Contacts:

Property Services Team (PST): campushelp@aber.ac.uk

Campus Services (portering, cleaning and security): efastaff@aber.ac.uk

How do I dispose of my waste?!

Click on the tabs below for more information...

If you have a type of waste not listed below, please contact the Health, Safety and Environment Department on hasstaff@aber.ac.uk or by calling extension 2073. Please also contact your Department for any local procedures (e.g. disposal of laboratory glass in IBERS).


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste

There are battery deposit bins all around the Campus. For large (e.g. car) batteries, please contact campushelp@aber.ac.uk for disposal via the same procedure as electrical items.

Battery bin locations:

  • Edward Llwyd Foyer
  • Cledwyn Foyer
  • Physics Foyer
  • Llandinam Concourse
  • Hugh Owen A Floor
  • Hugh Owen Library Main Entrance
  • Hugh Owen Library E Floor
  • William Davies Foyer and Stores
  • Residential Laundry Rooms
  • PJM Learning Centre
  • Rosser Learning Centre

Text books: Students/staff may donate books to the library as per the policy. Please drop at drop at one of our libraries marked for donation. Students/ staff may also re-use books in the ‘book swop’ on level D of Hugh Owen Library, which is extremely popular.

Redistributed or Recycled
Bulbs Log a job with campushelp@aber.ac.uk to collect waste bulbs. Waste bulbs are stored in purpose-built lamp banks for collection by a contractor.  Recycled


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
Cables Electrical cables should be sent to the IS Workshop if no longer required. It should be indicated if these are for re-use or disposal. See 'Electrical Items'.  Recycled
Cans Clean, dry and place in a dry-mixed-recycling bag. Collected by Campus Services on a regular basis.  Recycled
Cardboard Cardboard can be placed in dry, mixed, recycling bins  Recycled
CD/DVDs Should be wiped of data and sent to the IS Workshop for disposal as waste electronical equipment. It should be indicated when sent to the workshop that these are for disposal. There are also waste electronical disposal bins across the campuses. See 'Electrical Items'.  Recycled
Clinical See 'Hazardous Waste'. Various
Compressed Gas Cylinders (LPG) Collected by the supplier Recycled/Reused
Compressed Gas Cylinders (Non-LPG) E.g. Helium. Refer to the material safety data sheet Various
Confidential Confidential waste should be shredded and placed into recycle bins. Alternatively, if there is a large quantity of material, confidential waste sacks are available on request from Campus Services. Digital confidential waste should be wiped as per IS FAQ #1587 Recyled or Incinerated
Cooking Oil  Collected by a contractor. Recycled


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
Electrical Items Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), is collected by Campus Services and disposed of via a contractor. Items should be stored securely and wiped of any data before collection for disposal. Please click WEEEto dispose of an item.  Reused or recycled


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
Fluorescence Tubes Log a job by emailing campushelp@aber.ac.uk or calling extension 2999. Waste bulbs are stored in purpose-built lamp banks for collection by a contractor.  Recycled
Food Waste Food waste from Hospitality Outlets is collected by a contrator. There is an ongoing implementation programme to provide food waste caddies and a regular collection for all University Halls of Residences. Anaerobic Digestion
Furniture Any furniture which is still in a servicable conditon should be listed on WarpIt for redistribution. To arrange a collection of broken furniture, please contact Campus Services.  Reuse/Recycled


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
General Waste Collected by Campus Services on a regular basis. Landfill

General use glass bins can be found at the following locations:

  • Underneath Cledwyn Bridge
  • Underneath International Politics Building Stairs
  • William Davies Car Park
  • Outside Carwyn James

Please contact campushelp@aber.ac.uk to arrange disposal of sheet glass. A glass skip is available for use by the Property Services Team.

All laboratory glass should be autoclaved before disposal and all Departmental procedures should be followed. Non-hazardous glass can be placed into the skip for recycling with prior agreement with Property Services Team via emailing campushelp@aber.ac.uk.

Hazardous glass (e.g. broken experiment beakers) should be stored safely and securely for a collection by a hazardous waste contractor. Please see Hazardous Waste.



Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
 Hazardous Waste For more information click Hazardous Waste Various


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
Paint (water-based) Water-based paint should be fully dry before disposal. Paint skins should be removed from the tins before they are recycled and the skins placed in general waste. If paint skins cannot be removed from the tins, the tin should be put into general waste. See Hazardous Waste for paints deemed hazardous (e.g. lead-based). General waste and recycled
Phones Data should be wiped from phones. They can be disposed of in waste electronics bins which are distributed throughout the campuses or sent to the IS Workshop labelled for disposal. See Electrical items.  Recycled


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
Scrap Metal Should be stored in a safe and secure place and an appropriate, licenced contractor is procured for a collection of scrap metal. It is worthwhile communicating with other Departments to check if there are any scheduled scrap collections.  Recycled


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
Vehicles For vehciles unsuitable for redistribution they should be disposed of by procuring an authorised treatment facility (often a scrapyard or breakers' yards). Ensure all necessary paperwork is completed.  Recycled


Waste StreamDisposal ProcedureDestination of Waste
Wood There is a wood skip where waste wood is collected for recycling and emptied by a contractor. If you require the disposal of wooden products, please contact campushelp@aber.ac.uk to confirm disposal requirements.  Recycled