University of Dundee


General Waste Disposal Routes

Comprehensive information regarding general waste disposal routes can be found on the SLS Health and Safety webpages. (UoD log in required)

New for 2020: Lab plastic recycling scheme

Current Projects

Our current projects are aimed at understanding and improving our waste disposal but also reducing the waste generated by the School. 

1. Working with external organisations

We are working with two key groups in order to do this:

Waste Management Company NWH

The School of Life Sciences, Sustainability Action Team are working closely with the University's waste management company NWH, to ensure our waste is handled efficiently, and correctly. Most of the plastics used in our labs can be safely recycled as long as they are clean, dry, and packaged appropriately. We are putting processes in place to make sure it is easy for everyone to dispose of recyclables correctly.

Main Suppliers

Life Sciences are working with, and supporting our main suppliers in the introduction of new and innovative lab solutions, to reducing the carbon foot of research and increasing sustainability. 

2. Green Impact Scheme

The University is a member of the Green Impact Scheme. It is a successful environmental accreditation scheme that brings staff and students together in an active role to help create a more sustainable workplace. Designed to promote, encourage, and provide a greater understanding of sustainability and responsibility: it's an easy, practical way of making a difference.

The School holds a silver award for the labs and the DDU office team hold a bronze award. The scheme is very adaptable for your specific work area. 

More information on the scheme and how to take part can be found here:


Please send any suggestions to improve sustainability by email to

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