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    Waste & Recycling

    10 January 2018

    As you can image Harper Adams generates waste, ranging from paper to food waste and more.

    As the says..

    “Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time.

     The amount of rubbish we create in society is constantly increasing because:

    • Increasing wealth means that people are buying more products and ultimately creating more waste.
    • Increasing population means that there are more people on the planet to create waste.
    • New packaging and technological products are being developed, much of these products contain materials that are not biodegradable.
    • New lifestyle changes, such as eating fast food, means that we create additional waste that isn’t biodegradable.”

     See their website for more interesting information on recycling

    The University has been working with local company Cartwrights Waste Disposal Services for a number of years and are delighted to be able to say that all general waste is “Zero 2 Landfill”, this is supported by audits by the Environment Agency, and proof of  Zero 2 Landfill title by our end disposal permit. Cartwrights’ explains ….

    “We currently recycle & reuse 9 different waste types from the University :

       Glass , Paper & Cardboard , Plastic ,  Wood , Aluminium , Food , Green , Mixed Inerts

    Food waste is segregated at source and collected separately in our state of the art vehicle and sent for Anaerobic Digestion. This enables Cartwrights to stop contamination with commercial waste and aids in the diversion process of all non-recyclables.


    At Cartwright's because we are passionate about the work that we do, we are happy to announce that since 2013 we have been a Zero 2 Landfill company- meaning all waste is 100% recycled.


    All waste entering our site is weighed on a digital weigh bridge and recorded with our fully integrated IT system m. The load is then tipped into a designated controlled area.

    The waste is then pre-sorted by specialised re-handling machines and manually sorted to remove the larger pieces of waste being recovered.

    Processing  Picking line/Recycling

    All waste is directed to our processing/picking line where it is separated by machine and ultimately by hand. The processing line gives us the capability to identify products that have a further re-use such as paper, cardboard, plastics, bottles, cans. These secondary recovered materials are baled and traded with manufacturers in the UK and Europe to be turned back in to new packaging.

    Currently, we recover 12 different types of waste that can be reused and we are working on many more.

    Not all waste can be reused, for certain types there simply isn't a commercially viable solution available on the market. Any waste that cannot be re-used is sent for waste 2 energy incineration as Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) or solid recovered fuel (SRF) to various plants in the UK and Europe. “

    Please continue to ‘DO YOUR BIT’ put your waste into the correct bin, it make some else’s life a little easier…and help reduce our impact on the environment

    Waste & Recycling



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