College Recycling Facilities
Reduction of waste and reuse of materials are the first steps that must be taken to ensure a sound environmental policy, recycling is the last stage in the waste management process after these first two guidelines have been followed. For information specific to residents of Trinity College.
There are currently facilities available in College for recycling of the following materials:
A map showing the locations of recycling facilities in College can be found at: Click here for the map.
Pictures of the bins themselves are available at Click here to view the bins .
Paper can be recycled via the recycling scheme currently in operation in most offices throughout College. All types of paper are suitable for recycling in this fashion including all office paper (photocopy paper, letter head stationery, plain envelopes, coloured paper, notepads, fax paper and shredded paper), newspapers, magazines, old phone books, catalogues. Each office participating in the scheme is supplied with:
Desk trays: to be place on individual desks for storing the paper, these also list which types of paper are suitable for recycling
Landing bins: the desk trays are emptied into these when full.
The bags in the landing bins are then disposed of by Housekeeping Staff into the blue wheelie bins which are marked for waste paper only. Paper may be disposed of in these bins in bags or loose. These bins are emptied on a regular basis and the paper is transported in a locked van to the recycling facility where the paper is shredded and processed under secure conditions.
The locations of the wheelie bins can be seen on the Recycling map.
Dry recyclables can be disposed of in the green wheelie bins around College, aluminium trays, washed food cans, drinks cans, plastics (bottles, cartons, wrapping),Tetra-Paks (washed juice & milk cartons), light cardboard (cereal packs), CDs & DVDs are all acceptable for recycling in these bins. Please empty and rinse all cans and containers.
Cardboard should be folded and flattened and placed in the wheelie bin marked "cardboard" or left beside any wheelie bin in College for collection before 12.00 noon Monday-Friday. All non-recyclable packaging that is not collected by the original suppliers should be placed in the bins for general waste.
Locations of facilities for recycling glass bottles & jars can be viewed on the Recycling map.
Locations of facilities for recycling beverage cans can be viewed on the Recycling map, please ensure that cans are washed and crushed before placing them in the bins to reduce odours and to increase the number of cans that can be placed in each bin. Special can crushing devices are located in the Buttery, Arts Building Cafe and at the Pavilion Bar.
Many suppliers will now take away their own packaging for recycling after delivery of products, this should, where possible, be a condition of purchase. It is worth checking this with the supplier at time of ordering.
All of the designated College computer suppliers are obliged to take away their packaging. This can be arranged by calling their customer services department when the packaging is ready for collection and arranging for it to be picked up.
Under the WEEE legislation the suppliers of new electrical & electronic items are obliged to accept for recycling on a like for like basis old items. The cost of this is in the purchase price as the PRF levy.
Data Owners should be aware of their obligations regarding the safe removal of any college data stored on any equipment (pc, phone, removable media etc) prior to being sent for recycling. Please see relevant College Policy on ISS webpage : https://isservices.tcd.ie/assets/doc/general_local/disposal_policy.pdf
Electrical & electronic equipment not collected under the terms of the WEEE legislation can be sent for recycling by contacting David Hackett or Aidan Byrne. Equipment that is still operational should be clearly marked as such as this equipment will be reused where possible and recycled otherwise.
The following forms must be filled out with asset details and the departmental Asset Register updated to reflect all disposal of equipment through this facility.
Click below for forms to be filled out for disposal of electronic equipment
There are bins for disposal of toners & ink cartridges at various locations throughout College including Arts Building, Civil Engineering Building, SNIAMS , East End 4 , Áras An Phiarsaigh and the O'Reilly Institute. These can normally be found at the attendant's desk. These locations can be viewed on the Recycling map.The proceeds raised through the recycling of toner and ink cartridges go to a charity - Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.
New battery recycling boxes are available for all offices and buildings - please contact David Hackett at extension 1630 or email@example.com . There are external bins for disposal of batteries also at various locations throughout College including House 6, Arts Building, AAP, Buildings Office depot, SNIAMS , East End 4 and the Civil Engineering Building. These can normally be found at the attendant's desk. These locations can be viewed on the Recycling map.
There is a bin available for the disposal of mobile phones for recycling in association with Oxfam in the Student's Union shop in House 6, Front Square.
There are two containers available for the disposal of waste timber for recycling, one at the rear of the Art's building and a second at the Buildings Office lane, please contact the Buildings Office for more information on this service.
A container for recycling organic waste is located at the rear of the Arts Building. This is used by the Grounds Staff for recycling grass and hedge clipping and other organic material. Facilities are also in place in the Buttery and other catering outlets on campus for the recycling of food waste.
For further details contact David Hackett.