Waste & Recycling

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With your help we can make Greenwich a zero waste organisation. To help this the University has developed a Waste Strategy, an approach relevant to all stakeholders that generate waste at the University. It sets out recommendations that will help you eliminate and reduce wastes. Please take time to review this by downloading here.

In 2017-18 736  tonnes of waste was produced at Greenwich, a 30% reduction of waste generated compared to 2009/10. We currently recycle 50.1% of this and have a target to meet a 70% recycling target . To do this we need the help of all staff and students to recycle and reuse as much as possible.

The Reuse Race is an example of one of the projects we have developed and delivered to help reduce the amount of waste we generate. This incentives reuse of hot drinks containers over single use disposables. In September 2018 Queen Mary Cafe went disposable cup free (info) click here followed by Pilkington Cafe in October 2019

Students are asked participate in their hall’s end of year reuse scheme. In 2018 the Avery Hill, Greenwich and Medway Halls initiative helped save over 3.5 tonnes of reusable goods (donated to the British Heart Foundation with a value of over £6,100 ), plus donated food items to  the local foodbank and 35 duvets and other bedding available for students next term.


The university is also a winner of the top 50 recycling websites by Greenmatch!

To find out what happens to our mixed recycling follow this link.

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