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WGU currently recycle 19% of waste but we have set a new target of 50%.
Help us to recycle where you can by finding out where and how your waste should be correctly disposed.

Waste Type

Where does it go?


 All waste that is currently not able to be recycled and is not classed as hazardous can go in the general waste bin.

 General waste is incinerated to produce energy.

 If you have larger items that won’t fit in your bin, please contact Estates to arrange for collection.


Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR)

 Dry mixed recycling collected is segregated into separate material types at a material recycling centre when it leaves site.   The following waste can go into the DMR bins:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Cans (Drinks & Food)
  • Plastic Bottles & lids

 Please DO NOT put the following waste into the DMR bin:

  • Disposable Coffee cups (they contain a plastic liner)
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Vegware or other takeaway containers
  • Contaminated food packaging



 Non-confidential paperwork, including magazines, brochures, etc can be disposed of in the dry mixed recycling bins. There    is no need to remove staples, but please remove any plastic wrap.

 Confidential paperwork (i.e. any documents containing personal or sensitive data) can be put in the confidential waste bins    located throughout campus.  All confidential waste is securely shredded and recycled.

 If you have a large amount of paperwork to be recycled or securely destroyed, please contact Estates and we can arrange    a collection.



 Food bins are available in various locations across campus including in canteen areas and staff kitchens.

 All food collected is sent to a biodigester which converts the waste into biogas, which is a renewable energy source, and   organic matter which is used as a fertiliser.



 Cardboard can go in the dry mixed recycling bin for recycling.

 St Asaph have a separate bin for cardboard recycling



 Separate glass collection points are available in the canteen & Student Union. All glass collected is recycled



 Wood is separately collected for recycling. If you have wooden packing materials or other wooden items that need   recycling contact Estates



 Metal is collected for recycling in the maintenance compound. If you have a bin of metal waste to be collected or a large   metal item for recycling, please contact Estates.



 Batteries must be separated for recycling. Old batteries can be dropped off at Estates or Sports Centre


Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

 Waste electronic of electrical waste includes anything electrical such as laptops, PCs & associated equipment, desk fan,   power tools, fridges, cookers and light bulbs.

 Electrical waste is collected for recycling by IT. If you have items to dispose of contact Estates or IT.

 Confidential data stored on hard drives etc will be securely destroyed.


Printer Toners

 Used printer toners can be returned to IT for recycling.


Fluorescent tubes/Light Bulbs

 Bulbs and florescent tubes are collected separately for recycling. Contact Estates to collect them.


Hazardous Waste

 Hazardous waste MUST be kept separate from other waste streams. Waste is generally considered hazardous if it contains   (or is contaminated with) materials that that hazardous to humans or the environment. Examples include:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals (e.g paint, fluorescent tubes, lab chemicals)
  • Batteries
  • Oil
  • Solvents
  • Equipment containing ozone depleting substances (e.g. fridges, chillers etc)
  • Hazardous waste containers

 If you’re unsure if your waste is hazardous contact Estates for advice



 Books may be donated to the library if they will be useful to other students. Check with the library by   emailing

 Crispin Lane lounge area has a book swap in the old phone box. Check your local staff rooms and rest areas for informal   book swap schemes.


British Heart Foundation Charity Collection

 Donate good quality clothing, paired shoes, books and other good quality items to raise money for British Heart   Foundation.

 Collection boxes are located in Edward Llwyd Centre, Wrexham Village and Northop Campuses.



If you have good quality office furniture that you no longer need, contact Estates. We will try to re-use it elsewhere or   work with local charities to donate it.

Hard to recycle items

Terracycle run several schemes to collect and recycle items that are difficult to recycle such as crisp packets, confectionary packets, contact lenses, toothpaste tubes, medicine blister packs, pens. To find a collection point near you follow the link:


Cooking Oil

All the cooking oil used in the University kitchens is collected separately and recycled

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