Buildings & Estates provides a waste management service for general waste, recycling, glass, confidential waste and WEEE waste.   We are committed to helping reduce the University's impact on the environment, in line with our University Strategy 2020-2025 and Sustainability Strategy 2021-25.

We have recently achieved a zero to landfill process with our waste contractor and other notable achievements include an increase in recycling from below 35% to 54% over the last number of years. We continue to strive towards ambitious goals in the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste on campus and ask all staff, students and visitors to assist us in ensuring we do our best to minimise our impact on the environment.


  • PPE such as Gloves and Face masks are to be disposed in general waste bins. Do not place in Recycling Stations. (For both Internal and External Bins).
  • Waste guidelines for a suspected case of Covid-19:
    Please manage your waste in accordance with HSE guidelines, which are contained in the Covid-19 public information booklet. These are:
    • Put all your rubbish (waste), including an items which would normally be placed in the recycle bin or food waste bin, in a bin bag and tie when about two thirds full
    • Put this bin bag into a second bin bag and a tie a knot
    • Store the bag somewhere safe for 3 days and then put the bag into your wheelie bin for collection

Binless Office

Click here ‌to learn more about Binless Office which has now been rolled out to all buildings on campus.

Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Buildings & Estates do not arrange for the removal of Hazardous Waste. Each unit specialises in the safe disposal of substances used in their lab or office and as such each unit must arrange disposal of this type of waste directly with a suitably licensed company.

Litter Picking

Litter picking is carried out daily across the campus. External litter bins are checked daily and emptied accordingly.  NUI Galway were awarded Grade A: Clean to European Norms in the most recent survey conducted in 2019.

Recycling Confidential Waste

In order to secure the best possible price and to reduce the administrative burden on Schools and Units, Buildings & Estates coordinates a centralised contract for small-scale confidential waste consoles. DGD shredding was awarded this contract in 2021.

The University has lockable consoles for staff to use for the day-to-day disposal of confidential paper based material.

Please do not put hard drives, CDs, DVDs, cassettes or videos in the consoles, separate destruction can be organised for these types of media. Once emptied, the confidential material is transferred to a shredding plant where it will be cross-shredded and then recycled.

Buildings & Estates does not operate a confidential waste service outside of the confidential waste consoles. Each Unit/School/Discipline is responsible for any additional confidential waste destruction outside the consoles.

Recycling Electrical Items - WEEE Waste (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)

The disposal of WEEE is licensed in accordance with the Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations of 2005 and the subsequent Amendment 2008.  Requests to dispose of WEEE should be directed in the first instance to   

If you are disposing of computer equipment ensure it has been wiped first, further information from ISS.

Please do not leave WEEE on corridors, other communal spaces or the campus grounds.

Recycling glass and aluminium

Glass bottle recycling banks and an aluminium recycling facility are located on South Campus opposite the Orbsen Building and North Campus beside the entrance to Corrib Village.

Recycling batteries

Each unit is responsible for their own battery collections/emptying. To arrange this contact WEEE Ireland

Recycling plastic

Which plastics are recyclable?

All of the following are segregated and recycled during the routine process undertaken by our waste management contractors after they have collected all University waste. 

  1. PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
  2. HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
  3. V or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  4. LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)
  5. PP (Polypropylene)

The exceptions are PS (Polystyrene) and Miscellaneous Plastics: SPI code 7

Recycling used printer cartridges

Each unit is responsible for their own printer cartridges collections/emptying. To arrange this contact your supplier. If Datapac is your supplier contact to arrange this (NUIG Contract Reference: CON210).

Waste Reports and Data for NUI Galway

NUI Galway Waste Report 2021

Zero Waste to Landfill

In May 2019 NUI Galway was accredited with a “Zero Waste to Landfill” certificate. Zero Waste to Landfill is the process by which waste generated on the NUI Galway campus is processed to maximise the recovery of the recyclable materials and that any residual waste that cannot be recycled is processed as refuse derived fuel for incineration. The energy generated, is used to generate electricity at waste to energy plants. None of the waste is disposed of to Landfill.

Useful links for information on what can be recycled. contains helpful and informative videos on recycling.

WEEE Ireland website