Waste Management & Recycling at UWTSD

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is committed to a sustainable approach to waste management and disposal, and continual improvement of our environmental practices.

Wales is leading the way in waste resource management 

Welsh Government's policy on waste is leading the way in the UK with Wales ahead of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, by achieving a 62% (Resource, 2017) recycling rate in March 2017 demonstrating that Wales is on track to achieving it statutory set target of 70% recycling by 2025.

A report published in March 2017 outlined that Wales is currently ranked 3rd in the world for recycling, behind Germany and Singapore. This coupled with the introduction of the new Environment (Wales) Act (2016) (part 4) which places even greater emphasis on waste segregation at source, means that even higher levels of recycling are set to be achieved in Wales. 

Waste and Recycling at UWTSD

UWTSD is committed to a sustainable approach to waste resource management and embedding a culture of waste prevention, reuse and recycling throughout all of our campuses.

Working towards achieving our target of recycling 70% of our waste by 2025 the University has established new waste contracts, and as a result has seen significant improvements in waste data reporting that allow us to monitor and target low performing areas to improve our overall recycling rates. Our recycling rates went from 25% in the 2015/16 academic year to 46% in 2016/17.

A graph showing UWTSD's recycling rates in 2015-16 to 2016-17

 

Our Waste Services

We work closely with our appointed waste management contractors to ensure that we uphold our legal duty of care, manage our waste in accordance with the Waste Framework Directive, work within all relevant waste legislation and within the remit of the Waste Hierarchy.

We have established waste management contracts with two waste management companies that can provide further waste segregation off site through their Material Recycling Facilities. This assist the University in moving towards achieving zero waste to landfill, further to this general waste is diverted from landfill sent for energy recovery providing as a fuel for Energy from Waste facilities.

Food waste collected at Swansea and Carmarthen is composted, however in Lampeter the food waste which is collected is sent to an Anaerobic Digestion facility whereby microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. This process produces biogas, which is combusted to generate electricity and heat, or can be processed into renewable natural gas and transportation fuels.

The University’s Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses received the following weekly collection;

Waste Collection

How are they recycled?

The videos below provide simple explanations as to how some key items are recycled:

Food
Plastics
Paper
Metal Cans
Electronics
Glass bottles
Cartons