We have strategies that help reduce the amount of waste produced, recycle as much as possible and appropriately dispose of equipment. We have an ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle.
Considerable efforts are made to recycle at Exeter HQ with amounts recycled steadily increasing over the years.
In FY 2004/05 only 38% of waste was recycled at HQ.
For FY 2010/11 the end of year figure was 74% recycled.
Our target for FY 2011/12 is 77% of all waste recycled at our Exeter HQ.
In February 2011, 87% of waste was recycled with only 2.93t of waste sent to landfill.
Receptacles are widespread across HQ so that waste can easily be recycled.
Recycling receptacles at HQ
Many items can be recycled, e.g. paper, cans, plastic bottles, cardboard coffee cups and food waste to name a few.
We even have receptacles for more specialist items such as batteries, USB sticks and DVDs.
In the past staff had their own waste bins at their desks. Now regular bins are placed by the recycling bins to encourage staff to recycle more.
We are proud of our recycling record and hope that each year the volume of waste we send to landfill will continue to decrease.
In the past Met Office Belfast staff were making an effort to separate waste but the contractor was collecting all the waste together and taking it to landfill.
Since FY 2011/12 a new contract has been in place with Wastebeater.
All material (except food) is collected together and at the plant is subjected to optical sorting, ballistic, magnetic and eddy current separation.
It is estimated that less than 10% of waste goes to landfill.
Eco Day at Exeter HQ
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced into UK law in January 2007.
The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.
None of our WEEE waste goes to landfill. Around 98% is recycled at the local processing plant and the remainder is sold onto a specialist recycler.
All data is securely destroyed by shredding the hardware at Exeter.
Redundant IT gives more information on the IT disposal process.
In June 2011 we held Eco Day. Staff could bring in unwanted electrical items from home so that these could be recycled appropriately.