Recycling and refuse collection - service standards

To reduce our impact on the environment, UWE Bristol has the ambitious aim of recycling 80 per cent of the waste we produce. To help achieve this aim, we provide facilities to recycle a wide range of materials.


Whilst in accommodation you are able to recycle the following materials into large industrial recycling bins located centrally:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cans
  • Plastic bottles and other plastic containers
  • Glass 
  • Food waste.

Please do not contaminate the recycling bins with incorrect items as this will mean that everything will be landfilled rather than recycled.

Recyclable waste is collected from the bin stores located outside of your residence several times per week.

Facilities for recycling old batteries are available in the Customer Service Desk area.

Bristol Big Give

As part of the Bristol Big Give which takes place in April and May each year, you will have the opportunity to recycle/donate most of the items you do not wish to take with you when you move out. Items may include books, clothes, electrical items and tinned/packet food. These items will be sold in local charity shops. More information on how to get involved will be provided nearer the time to your departure. Facilities for recycling/donating unwanted items such as clothes, books and DVDs to local charities will be available the whole year round in the bin store area.

General waste

General waste is rubbish that cannot be recycled. It is collected from the bin stores outside the accommodation at least twice per week, normally on Mondays and Fridays, or more frequently as required at busy periods.

Resident's responsibilities

Residents must regularly remove waste and recycling from bedrooms and flats and place refuse inside the appropriate containers. Waste should not be left in flat hallways, communal areas or outside of the waste containers.

If you experience a problem

If you experience any problems with waste and recycling please report this to your Reception or email

Read more about recycling and waste at UWE Bristol.

Accommodation documents

Helpful information like our Residents' Guide, which explains the services and support that we offer to students in UWE Bristol accommodation – plus residents' responsibilities for cleaning. View accommodation documents.

Do you have a query about UWE Bristol accommodation?

Get in touch with our Accommodation enquiries.

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