The University’s Sustainable Waste Management Strategy builds on previous successes.  We have a range of actions to promote reduction in consumption, re-use and repair as well as recycling initiatives. 

The University works with a number of local charities to offer its unwanted furniture and equipment for charitable purposes, UniGreenScheme and Project 58.  We also partner British Heart Foundation providing clothing and reuse banks on campus, and end of year 'clear-out' campaigns.  

Waste management targets

A small collection of rubbish

Waste management SMART targets 2021/22

  • Reduce waste carbon emissions (excluding construction waste) by 5% per annum from baseline 9.1 tCO2e in 2018/19

Some examples of how are we going to achieve this target?

  • Review the disposal of mattresses and change the supplier of mattresses to ones which can be recycled by summer 2022
  • Increase the number of British Heart Foundation bags donated from last year 255 bags to 300 bags by 31st July 2022.
  • Expand successful pilot Green Impact project with cleaning staff; to introduce new ergonomic cleaning equipment and cleaning regime reducing water use.
  • Expand student reuse platform Hazaar to create a culture of sharing pre-loved items among the student population.
  • Expand Platform Housing – White Bags recycling scheme with more social housing residents, further integrate via schools if possible, in a Covid secure way.

Student projects

Launched in June 2016 by the Mayor a recycling in homes project commenced. Initially working with students, Worcester City Council, student landlords, the University trade waste contractor the scheme provided free recycling receptacles to student tenants.

Known as the 'White Bag' this was designed to help increase community recycling rates in Worcester. Read the students' presentation.  This innovative scheme saw 10 student volunteers get Chartered Institute of Waste Managers Waste Smart training and free membership for the duration of their course. 

Winning an International Green Apple Award presented at the Houses of Parliament in 2017 the scheme has now been expanded to include a social landlord Platform Housing, in 3 high rise blocks with tenants over 55 years old, demonstrating a student-led project can work with not just student tenants and landlords. 

This project has gone on to develop students leading workshops in primary schools.

British Heart Foundation - ‘Pack for Good’ campaign

Since 2013 Worcester University Students have generated 3524 bags of donations through the ‘Pack for Good’ campaign, that’s £49,460* raised to help support help lifesaving research, driving breakthroughs for heart patients all across the UK. It’s the equivalent weight of 4 African, male elephants in waste being sent to landfill* and the equivalent of 287,643kg CO2 emissions*.  

*based on average value of £14/bag


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Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from Carbon Management & Targets page.


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