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Recycling in University accommodation

Using the recycling bins in your University accommodation.

Recycling in a student kitchen
Recycling in a student kitchen.

Where to find your bins

You will find recycling bins in you kitchen or social space in your accommodation.

Categorising your rubbish

There are six types of bins in your accommodation.

Each bin is for a different kind of waste:

  • plastics and cans
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • glass
  • food waste
  • general waste

Use the right bin for your rubbish

There are labels on your bins. These labels show which items are meant for which bin.

Examples of the kind of rubbish you can put in each bin include:

Plastics and cans

  • Soft drinks bottles
  • Soft drinks cans
  • Clear plastic packaging
  • Aerosols
  • Tin foil


  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Used revision or lecture notes


  • Birthday cards
  • Packaging
  • Boxes

Flatten all cardboard boxes before placing them in this bin.


  • Empty bottles of alcohol
  • Jars

Broken glass must be placed in the special bucket or bin provided in your kitchen.

Food waste

  • Leftover food
  • Peelings

Do not put food packaging in this bin.

General waste

  • Black plastic
  • Tissues

Throwing away batteries, chargers and cables

You should not put batteries, chargers or cables in the general waste or recycling bins in your accommodation.

If you live on campus, you can dispose of your used batteries, chargers and cables, in the East or West Accommodation Centre.

If you live in the University accommodation in the city centre, you can dispose of your used batteries, chargers and cables in the housekeeper's office in your accommodation block.

Throwing away snack packets and oral hygiene products

You can recycle snack packets and oral hygiene products using the Terracycle boxes on campus.

The recycling boxes can be found in:

Snack packet recycling

You can recycle packets from:

  • Crisps (multipack outer packaging is also accepted)
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels

Any brand is accepted, but please don’t fold packets into triangles.

Packets do not need to be washed out, just empty.

Oral hygiene recycling

You can recycle:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush outer packaging
  • Toothpaste boxes
  • Toothpaste tubes and caps

The items can be any brand and just need to be dry when left in the box.

Bin collections

If you live in Eastwood 1-21, Norwood House, Osborne House, Mendip, Quarry, Pulteney Court or Canal Wharf you are responsible for removing your own rubbish and recycling.

In all other University accommodation, your bins are emptied by accommodation staff at least once a week, between Monday and Friday.

Find out more about cleaning your University accommodation.