The scheme was launched at UELs Docklands campus in Beckton last week following the installation of recycling bins for glass, cans and paper.
UEL facilities manager Angela Marriott (pictured, left) said that the university landfilled several tonnes of waste each year, including more than 8 million pages of printed paper.
Shanks East London and the university also planned to install recycling facilities in or around halls of residence. It follows the student unions recent decision to recycle 100% of its paper and glass waste.
UEL vice-chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said: Our long-term vision is to develop innovative models for environmental sustainability in London and the Thames Gateway. We are currently working in partnership with regional government and industry to research and develop new technologies to process industrial waste into useful products.
Shanks East London communications manager Nick Wellington (pictured) said: We hope that this is only the beginning of a productive relationship with UEL to spread the recycling message.