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Aluminium cans: these should be recycled in the mixed recycling bins around campus and in residences.
Aerosol cans: these should be recycled in the mixed recycling bins around campus and in residences. Please ensure that the cans are empty before you throw them away.
Batteries: household style batteries (AA, C, etc.) should be placed in the battery recycling bins, which are adjoined to the three bin recycling stations in the Main Building reception, the library and in the North Wing lobby. For larger or unusual batteries please arrange for these to be sent down to stores where they are being kept for collection. It is important that we do not throw batteries in the general waste, as they are classed as hazardous.
Bicycles: Aston is now working with Birmingham-based social enterprise Cycle Chain; please donate any old or unwanted bikes by contacting the Environment team. Refurbished bikes are also available to buy.
Books: For academic books, our campus bookshop will buy back some editions, and the library may also accept certain items for their stock or to be sent abroad to partner universities. For large quantities or if you have any questions, please contact the Environment team. Please also refer to Miscellaneous items.
Cans: see aluminium or steel.
Cardboard: this can be recycled with paper; if you have large quantities please contact the Campus Porters and they will arrange to collect from you.
Carrier bags: many supermarkets now have carrier bag recycling points. However, we recommend that you take your own bag shopping with you, to reduce the need for plastic bags.
Clothing: there are two textile recycling banks on campus, located within ASV1 and outside the new residences (ASV2). These can take clothing, blankets, shoes and accessories. Please note, they do not take duvets though. Please also refer to Miscellaneous items.
Coffee Cups: unfortunately, coffee cups from catering outlets on campus CANNOT be recycled. We would encourage you to use a re-usable mug, such as the Aston Mug for Life. If you do purchase a hot drink in a disposable cup, please ensure you place it in the general waste.
Electrical appliances (except for I.T. equipment): these need to be disposed of correctly so please contact the Campus Porters and they will collect the goods from you.
Envelopes: where possible reuse these internally; otherwise they can be recycled in with the paper. It is not necessary to remove any tape or the plastic windows.
Food waste: the best way to dispose of food waste is to compost it. Here at Aston, we have a Rocket composter that Catering@Aston and Conference Aston use for their food waste. This results in good quality compost that is then used by our onsite gardeners. At home, it's even better to try reducing food waste by buying only what you need and using leftovers to cook something new.
Fluorescent light tubes: normally these tubes will be taken away by the maintenance team when they fit new ones. If not, you can contact the Campus Porters and they will arrange to collect from you. The tubes are then collected and disposed of safely.
Furniture: we encourage staff members to view the furniture store before they buy any new items.This will help us to reduce the amount of furniture being thrown away and should also reduce the costs of buying new. Please contact the University Porters or the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Team for more information here
Glass bottles and jars: these should be recycled in the mixed recycling bins around campus and in residences.
Hazardous waste: please contact the Environment team. All hazardous waste must be disposed of correctly otherwise the University risk a fine.
Ink cartridges / toner: our stationery supplier, Office Depot provide postage paid envelopes for returning inkjet cartridges, and collection boxes for toner cartridges which are then emptied free of charge. Envelopes and boxes can be ordered along with your stationery order in the usual way.
I.T. equipment: all I.T. equipment must be disposed of through ISA as it is classed as hazardous waste and must be monitored. For any items you would like collected, please contact ISA and they will arrange for the porters to collect from you – do not contact the porters directly. The equipment is then disposed of safely.
Metal: please contact the Campus Porters and they will arrange to collect any bulky items from you. These can then be recycled.
Miscellaneous items: including CDs and DVDs, kitchenware, books, clothing and textiles. For staff, Aston are members of the Oxfam Collects at Work scheme; if you have anything to donate, please contact the Environment Team. For students in residences, Aston has worked with the British Heart Foundation on a Zero Waste from Halls scheme for a number of years; this is when you are able to donate unwanted items before you move out of residences. Alternatively, you could donate directly to your own local charity shop, or offer unwanted items on your local Freegle or Freecycle network.
Mobile phones: these can often be returned to phone shops or recycled through a number of organisations specialising in this.
Paper: all types of paper can be recycled in the paper and cardboard recycling bins around campus and in residences, including newspapers, office paper, shredded paper and cardboard.
Plastic bottles: these should be disposed of in the mixed recycling bins around campus and in residences. Unfortunately, other types of plastic cannot currently be recycled.
Spectacles: there are many charities that collect and reuse old spectacles, such as Vision Aid Overseas.
Stamps: these can be sent to charities who earn money from recycling them. You can search for charities that will accept stamps online, or here at Aston we send our stamps to the RSPB; if you have any old, new, used, un-used, foreign or UK stamps please send them to the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Team on the 7th Floor of the Main Building, Room 723.
Staples: these can be recycled in the same way as other metals, so if you have large quantities they can be put into the mixed recycling bins for collection.
Steel cans: these should be recycled in the mixed recycling bins and banks around campus and in residences.
If you have any waste to dispose of that is not listed here, please contact the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Team to arrange a suitable method of disposal. Where possible, we will always try to reuse or recycle.