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At Durham University, we have an ambition to make our institution one of the most sustainable in the UK (Durham University, 2018). To achieve this aim, we must reduce the environmental impact of waste arising from our activities, which means adopting the principles of the waste hierarchy (prevention, preparing for re-use, recycling, other recovery and disposal) across our operations (DEFRA, 2011).

With over 18,000 students and 4,000 staff members, the University produces between 2,500 and 3,000 tonnes of waste each year. Waste is generated through the residential Colleges, academic departments, catering outlets, professional service departments, libraries, museums and attractions, Graham Sports Centre, Durham Student’s Union, Green Lane Depot, and from capital building projects.

This strategy and the accompanying action plan, outline how the University will manage waste in a legally compliant and sustainable manner.


Waste Management Strategy PDF (0.3MB)