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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

  • Plastic bottles
  • Soft drinks cans
  • Clear plastic packaging
  • Food trays
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Aerosols
  • Tin foil


  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Used revision or lecture notes


  • Birthday cards
  • Packaging
  • Boxes
  • Juice cartons
  • Disposable coffee cups

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
  • Tea bags

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.

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.