NUI Galway is committed to preventing, reducing and managing waste in a sustainable way that improves resource efficiency, reduces cost and protects health and the environment.

In 2015, 45% of the total waste generated at NUI Galway was recycled across seven different waste streams.  In August 2019 we reached a figure of 53% recycling, our target recycling rate is 60% by 2020. At  NUI Galway will continue to report and reduce quantities of incoming waste and will maximise re-use and recycling options by working in collaboration with procurement and catering services across the campus.

The Buildings Office is striving to reduce the quantity of waste produced on campus and promote recycling by a series of initiatives e.g. the Binless Office Scheme. Bin the Bin focuses on enhanced recycling in the workplace and removes the traditional under-desk office bin and replaces this with dedicated recycling stations in key communal locations on every floor of the building.

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

The Geo-ENvironmental Engineering (GENE) Research group, based at NUI Galway, investigates the fate of phosphorus and nitrogen in soil-plant-water systems and the effects of agricultural management on soil and water quality.

One of GENE’s main research topics is resource recovery and resource efficacy:

  • use of materials for wastewater and water treatment
  • waste materials and chemicals as phosphorus and nitrogen adsorbents and soil amendments
  • recovery of precious metals
  • waste as energy sources and slow-release fertilisers