Recycle

Our focus on recycling has been on both increasing the range of materials that can be recycled and quality of the materials we collect for recycling (by removing non-recyclable materials, also known as contaminants).  Some of our waste minimisation measures also contribute to improving the quality of the recyclable materials we collect.

The materials/items detailed below can be recycled at GCU. Additional details on how to recycle these and other materials are available from our Recycling FAQ.

Paper & Card - Mixed

With the exception of food packaging, you can recycle all paper and card in the paper or mixed recycling bins.  Paper bins are available in some locations with student printers, whilst mixed recycling bins are located throughout campus. Food packaging should be placed in general waste bins (i.e. bins lined with black plastic bags).

Plastic Bottles

Recycle all empty plastic bottles in plastic bottle or mixed recycling bins. Plastic bottle recycling bins are available in catering outlets, whilst mixed recycling bins are located throughout campus.

Cans & Tins

Recycle all empty drinks cans and clean food tins in cans recycling or mixed recycling bins. Cans recycling bins are available in catering outlets, whilst mixed recycling bins are located throughout campus.

Food Waste

Unwanted food or food preparation wastes (e.g. peels, tea bags) can be recycled in bins located in staff kitchens throughout campus and in catering areas. Where food waste bins are not available, unwanted food and food preparation wastes should be placed in general waste bins or any bin lined with a black plastic bag.

Batteries

Battery recycling boxes are available from the reception areas for most buildings throughout campus.

Printer & Photocopier Toner

Staff can recycle all used printer and photocopier toners in dedicated boxes available throughout Campus. If you’re unsure where the nearest one is, please speak to your School/Department’s administration team. 

Contact the FMD Helpdesk to arrange for the collection (and replacement) of boxes full of used printer or photocopier toner.

Books

Unwanted books can be recycled in a book recycling box located in the reception areas of the Govan Mbeki building. Books can also be recycled in the British Heart Foundation’s red recycling points located in the Student Union building and in Caledonian Court’s car park.

Glass Bottles & Jars

Recycle any empty glass bottles or jars by placing them next to bins in staff kitchens throughout campus. Glass should not be placed in any bins/containers. Please speak to your local Domestic Assistance if you need to dispose of broken glass items.

Clothes & Textiles

You can recycle clothes and textiles in the British Heart Foundation’s red recycling points located in the Student Union building and in Caledonian Court’s car park.