The School is committed to promoting sustainable waste management through the reduction of waste generation, and by maximising recycling of materials. We require the full support of our staff, students and visitors to make recycling successful.
Paper recycling bins are located throughout the buildings. Bins are emptied as and when required by the individual office user. The individual office user is responsible for emptying and replacing their own white recycling bags.
Recycling boxes are not to be used for general waste. Please see below for further information.
When the contents reach the fill line, the bag must be removed and replaced. The bags must be securely fastened with a tag and must be taken to your local deposit point:
Main Physics: Please take all items to the Ground Floor IRCEP Corridor, were there is a cage just beyond the pigeon holes, for secure drop off.
Old Physics: Please securely place items in LG.024. Entry will be via a keylex code.
Top Tips: Don’t wait until it becomes a mountain of paper and weighs too much to carry!!! Empty it!
New bags and tags can be sourced from each the repro rooms or, from the School Office.
Plastic and household waste bins are also located throughout the buildings and we encourage staff to recycle. As part of the University Estates Strategy and Green Impact, please note that office bins are emptied on a weekly basis only. As a School, we encourage all staff to use the shared household waste bins and these are emptied on a daily basis.
Food or any other general waste goes to the household recycling bin in the corridors, which are emptied each morning by cleaning staff.
Glass can be recycled at the following location: Back of the South Dining Hall.
Mixed glass (clear and coloured) can be placed in the glass bins.
Please be aware that the designated kitchen areas (2 kitchenettes level OG and 2, Main Physics and 1 kitchenette, OG, Old Physics) must always be used for all food and beverage preparation.
Vending machines are located: Level 2 Main Physics and Level OG Teaching Centre.
Or alternatively, vending machines are located within the McClay Library or Law Building. Please note, both venues also have hospitality providers and social space.
Please remember, that open planned areas are not designed for the preparation of hot drinks or food and, may be in breach of Fire Safety and, Health and Safety Regulations. The use of such electrical equipment causes damage to the surrounding areas; staining to carpets, damage to furniture units not intended for the purpose in which they are being used.
The named laboratory supervisor is responsible for ensuring that staff and students who access and work in their controlled area empty the bins routinely by disposing of the waste in the conveniently located recycling bins. It is not Estates Policy to empty bins located in secure and controlled laboratory areas. Furthermore, for labs located on lower ground main physics, recycling bins are located adjacent the ANSIN Lab and at the entrance of all main areas.
Staff and students must avail of these recycling facilities and not allow waste to accumulate in the controlled lab areas. Costs for removal of waste will be charged to the respective Research Centre.
Please note, that the consumption or preparation of food or drinks is strictly prohibited in any School laboratory.
Controlled and secure laboratory areas will be routinely cleaned by Estates three times a year. To minimise any disruption to the core research business and experiments, this service will be managed and agreed in advance with the lab supervisor and would be scheduled around the following periods:
- Christmas period, Easter period and Summer period (July)
As per the Estates Directorate Service Quality Commitment, this will involve routine and standard cleaning floor cleaning – vacuum floor, clean edges and corners, damp mop vinyl/tiled surfaces.
If additional non-standard cleaning is required to ensure that the laboratory area complies with Health and Safety regulations, this can be requested via email@example.com. Please note that the Research Centre may be charged for the non-standard request.
Please fully flat pack the cardboard box and place both safely and securely beside your local recycling bin. The cleaning staff will remove these flat packed items each morning from these areas.
For compliance of Health and Safety and, Fire Safety, you must ensure that the item does not in any way obstruct or impede pedestrian movement.
For items that are non-standard (i.e. larger than a desktop computer box), you must request removal from your office or lab area by emailing a request to your Building Liaison Officer; firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, your Research Centre or, if the waste is related to a specific research project, your centre or research project code will be charged for the disposal cost.
The School Inventory Officers (ELOs), Ms Jackie Patrick and Dr Ian Stewart must always be informed of any electrical equipment disposal that is on the equipment inventory list. In advance of disposal of any IT/PC or electrical items, you must inform one of the School Computer Support Team;
Main Physics Computing Support Officer
Dr Robert Ryans
Main Physics Computing Support Officer
Dr Malachy Montgomery
Old Physics Computing Support Officer
Dr Ian Stewart
Computer Support Technician
Mrs Angela Torode
For all other non IT/PC electrical items, you must inform the School Electrical Safety Officer and Electrical Workshop Technician (Post currently vacant) – in the interim please liaise with Mr Philip Orr, Mechanical Workshop Technical Manager.
Afterwards, you may then arrange for disposal;
Main Physics Building: Please carefully place items in the cage stored in the Electrical Workshop.
Old Physics: Please safely place items in the cage stored in Dr Ian Stewart’s room, 0G.021.
For further advice, please contact Dr Dan Marlow email@example.com , School Chemicals and COSHH Supervisor to discuss and arrange secure and controlled disposal of related items. Please note, that uplift / disposal of chemicals incurs a charge.
We actively strive to reduce our energy consumption and reduce our School carbon footprint. We encourage all staff and students to switch off all non-essential electrical items when not in use. Remember, think green and switch off all lights when you are not in the room.
If you need to request an Estates service or report a fault, you should contact the Building Liaison Officer (BLO) using only the below email. Problems and faults can be reported verbally to clerical staff in the School General Office (Main Physics).
The BLO will then process, track the progress of, and amend requests.
Email requests must contain the following information:
- In the Subject Line of the email clearly detail the building (i.e. Main/Old Physics, or Teaching Centre)
- Room Number
- Brief Description of problem
- A response will be sent to original sender as confirmation, or for clarification.
- If the request is not for maintenance (e.g. white/poster boards, porterage, delivery services) a project code is also required.
Remember, for both Fire Safety and, Health and Safety compliance, boxes are not to be stored within our estate. Please note that the School conducts biannual Laboratory Health and Safety inspections and, the BLOs and Fire Premises Officers conduct weekly inspections. Non-compliance is reported to the Chair of the School Health and Safety Committee and the School Manager.
For the health and safety of all School staff, students and visitors, and as per University policy, bicycles are not permitted within our buildings.
The University provides secure cycle parking for staff at the rear of the McClay Library.
Shower and changing facilities are available, free of charge to staff, at level 1, Administration Building and Lower Ground Floor, McClay Library.
A School shower facility is also available for School Staff and students, located within the Disabled Toilet, 0G.035, Main Physics Building.
Further information on how you could reduce your carbon footprint by travelling using sustainable transport, please visit:
SCHOOL GREEN TEAM
As a School we encourage membership and participation within our Green Team. Please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on how to take part and advance our progress.
Remit of the Team:
- To promote green practice, resource effectiveness and a culture of sustainability
- Oversee the development and implementation of a School-based Green Impact Strategy, aligned with the University’s Green Impact Scheme
- To monitor and support the delivery of a School strategy
- Ensure implementation of quality assurance processes, notably via Green Impact Workbook log for the Green Impact audit
- Ensure effective channels of communication between the Impact Team, School and Estates
- Promote the sharing of best practice.
As a large School which focuses on both theoretical and experimental research and teaching, our estate encompasses a wide range of activities within 3 separate buildings. These core activities take place within our extensive provision of teaching space, computer lab and experimental lab space and, a rooftop observatory.
We have a portfolio of over 145 staff, 20-30 visiting staff and over 1,000 students.
Therefore, within the School Green Team, we aim to have environmental champions that ensure that we best represent our core activities and categories of staff;
- Technical: Ms Jackie Patrick
- Computing Support: Role currently vacant
- Clerical: Role currently vacant
- Academic Related: Role currently vacant
- Academic or Research: Role currently vacant