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Waste and Resource Management

We aim to embed the principles of the waste hierarchy to prevent, reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of our waste. In 17-18 we didn't send any of our waste (excluding building projects) to landfill.


Paper & Cardboard Recycling

Clean and dry items in this bins.

Yes please

  • Office papers no need to remove staples
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Envelopes with or without windows
  • Greetings cards
  • Cardboard packaging please don’t put larger cardboard items in these recycling bins

No thanks

  • Large cardboard items - contact your local Facilities team to arrange a collection
  • Food contaminated paper and card items
  • Plastic sleeves, covers or ring binders
  • Cartons including tetra packs
  • Coffee cups
  • Paper towels / napkins

Plastic Bottle & Can Recycling

Clean and dry items in this bin.

Yes please

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Cans drinks and food
  • Tins

No thanks

  • Plastic food containers yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food trays
  • Unwashed or rinsed items
  • Crisp packets
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic bags
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil

Glass Recycling

Clean, dry and unbroken items in this bin.

Yes please

  • Glass including bottles and jars

No thanks

  • Unwashed or rinsed items
  • Broken glass
  • Pane glass, light bulbs or fluorescent tubes
  • Other recyclable items

Food Recycling

Recycle all your food waste in this bin.

Yes please

  • All food

No thanks

  • Containers and packaging

Battery Recycling pods

Battery Recycling pods are located on Waste and Recycling hubs throughout the University.

Yes please

  • AAA
  • AA
  • C
  • D
  • Button for watches, etc
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Camera batteries
  • Laptop batteries

No thanks

Non-Recyclable Waste

Try to recycle all you can first!

Put all those waste items that cannot be recycled in this bin.

If you are unsure whether an item can be recycled, please contact the Waste and Recycling Team.

Desktop Recycling

If you work at Manchester Met, we provide desktop recyclers instead of office bins. Empty your recycling and waste at your nearest recycling hub.

Collect a desktop recycler from your facilities reception desk.


Give It Don't Bin It

Check out some of the initiatives and campaigns we run that promote reuse and reduce waste across the University and the city:

Manchester is the UKs most popular student city. With over 70,000 living and studying in the city, we work with partners across Manchester to make sure that when students move out at the end of term their unwanted items are donated to charities and recycled.
Find out more


Single-use plastics

Single-use plastics are prolific in many areas of modern life, but do not degrade when they enter the environment.  They can cause harm to wildlife and are difficult to dispose of responsibly.  To tackle this, Manchester Met has taken action to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics by:

  • Signposting existing water fountains and installing new water fountains across campus;
  • Handing out free reusable bottles to new students at Welcome Week events;
  • Selling reusable water bottles at all catering outlets;
  • Promoting recycling of any single use water bottles on campus. 


Disposable coffee cups

More people are drinking takeaway coffee, with around 2.5 billion disposable cups thrown away annually in the UK.   They are difficult to recycle because they are made of a mixture of paper and plastic coating.  Here at Manchester Met, we are selling re-usable cups in our catering outlets and give a 20p discount to anyone using their own cup. 


Turn trash into cash

Download a poster for your kitchen