Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Waste Management

Waste disposal procedures specifically relating to the School of Design staff/students.

Waste Type




General Mr Les Johnson


Environmental Mr Michael Brooks


Electrical Mr Azim Abadi


Hazardous Mr Les Johnson



General Information

The university operates a policy to recycle as much waste material as possible and also oversees the regulations governing the disposal of hazardous waste thought its premises. The School of Design is compliant with this.

In the first instance please look at the hazardous waste index information on the Health and Safety Services website. The link to it is provided below. If anyone has any difficulty in accessing this site please contact Les Johnson who will be able to provide a paper copy for you.


In particular for general information please read this section,


This lists the separate classes of waste and how to dispose of them correctly through the university.

Environmental Issues

The Environmental co-ordinator for the School of Design is Michael Brookes. If you have any queries regarding recycling of paper, plastics, metallic drink cans or general office waste please contact him.

Electrical Items

One of the newer regulations governs the disposal of electrical items, i.e. those with a plug on and includes any items which contain pcb’s. These items should where possible be disposed of through this route. In our case, to stop confusion, we will have one person, Azim Abadi, who will liaise with the university on the collection of such items.

Therefore the policy for “electrical” items is

Hazardous Waste

We have to pay for the disposal of any hazardous waste (this also includes the disposal of old chemicals no longer required) produced by the school. Therefore our first concern for both safety and financial reasons must be to eliminate or reduce the amount of hazardous waste produced.

When ordering chemicals, order only the necessary amount. It is better to reorder materials than to have to store large amounts of hazardous substances. When asking for free samples from companies, make sure they understand the quantity you require. They have a tendency to just send out their normal size container, which might be a 25kg drum when all you need is only 50g.

If you produce hazardous waste you must take appropriate action to make sure it is safe for disposal. Before any work starts a full COSHH assessment must be carried out. This has to include a thorough section on the accidental spillage control and waste disposal considerations. If it is found that special handling is required, extra containment, specific PPE’s etc are necessary for spillage or waste disposal, then everything that is needed must be ordered before any experimentation commences.

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