Our aims

  • To send zero waste to landfill.
  • To increase recycling rate.
  • To decrease overall waste produced.
  • To reuse ensuring that the ‘waste = raw material’ principle is applied where possible.


Our results

  • AUB sends zero waste to landfill.
  • Waste that can’t be recycled is converted to ‘energy from waste’.
  • The recycling rate has significantly increased over the last few years rising to a projected 62% for 2018/19.
  • The amount of waste produced has been decreasing and re-use is on the increase e.g. exhibition boards and film sets etc.
  • Modelmaking are using plastic milk carton tops to recycle into raw material for 3d printing.

Southern Consortium Affiliation Group

We’re part of the Southern Consortium Affiliation Group. That means we use the same waste contractor, aim to share best practice, find innovative ways to use the waste hierarchy and have more influence over the contract. The group are associated and acknowledged for its innovative ideas in waste management.


We’ve tried to make recycling as easy as possible. There are ‘Dry Mixed’ (DMR) recycling bins and ‘General Waste (GW) bins. The DMR is recycled and the GW is converted to energy.

Although we’ve significantly increased our recycling rate, more can be achieved and every member of the community is vital to achieving this.

What can be recycled in the DMR?

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Cans
  • Glass
  • Waxed cartons (not coffee cups) and plastics.

Our community use approximately 700 single-use coffee cups every day (term-time). We strongly encourage people to bring a reusable cup/bottle or at a minimum use a coffee cup recycling bin.

Metals enter the waste stream via the skip where they’re separated and sorted at the waste plant.

Specialist waste such as batteries and chemicals are stored separately and dealt with by Campus Services or course Technicians.