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Student Hall Recycling

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What goes in each bin: An A-Z Guide

The A-Z guide has been compiled to help you understand what can and can’t go into each of your student halls’ kitchen bins. With recycling rates in halls at an average of 35% (when they could be up to 75%), we hope this information will be found useful to you.

If there are items that are not listed and which you do not know how to dispose of correctly, please email us at enviroassist@lboro.ac.uk and we will do our best to help.

Dry Mixed Recycling

Please rinse your recycling. If you don’t, the entire lorry load may be rejected and sent to landfill.

Yes Please:

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Carrier bags (empty)
  • Cardboard boxes (please flatten and remove tape/string/polystyrene)
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Cardboard toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes
  • Catalogues and directories
  • Drink cans
  • Egg cartons (not polystyrene cartons)
  • Envelopes
  • Foil trays (clean)
  • Food and drink cartons (a.k.a. TetraPak)
  • Fruit punnets and clear plastic trays
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Paper
  • Pizza boxes (clean and empty)
  • Plastic bottles (including water/shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/ cleaning products/ketchup)
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (including margarine tubs, yoghurt pots - no black plastics)
  • Clear plastic food wrappers/film (what you might get 3 bell peppers in)
  • Shredded paper
  • Food tins
  • Tin Foil (clean)
  • Yellow pages
  • Wrapping paper (no metallic paper, no glitter or embellishments)

No Thanks:

  • Batteries
  • Boxes/paper contaminated with food
  • Black plastics
  • Black plastic bags or bin liners
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ceramic dishes
  • Clothes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Crisp packets
  • Electrical goods
  • Foil-like food wrappers, such as from sweets, biscuits, chocolate, crisps etc
  • Food waste
  • Glass (any glass, including drinking glasses, mirrors, glass cookware, such as Pyrex)
  • Greasy paper or card
  • Kitchen paper
  • Lever arch files and ring binders
  • Lids (from glass bottles/jars – these go in glass recycling)
  • Plant pots and seed trays
  • Polystyrene (including polystyrene fast food trays)
  • Pyrex glass
  • Pumps (from soap dispensers)
  • Shoes
  • Sweet wrappers
  • Textiles (including: clothing, shoes, bags, belts, blankets, towels, duvets)
  • Tissues

Food Waste:

Yes Please:

All cooked and raw food waste including…

  • Bread and pastries
  • Dairy
  • Fish
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and bones
  • Tea and coffee grounds

No Thanks:

  • Cooking oil
  • Liquids
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic packaging


Yes Please:

  • Bottles (glass)
  • Jars (glass)
  • Lids (attached)

There is a small seperate box in the kitchen for Broken Glass, including:

  • Crockery
  • Glass cooking ware
  • Pyrex
  • Drinking glass

General Waste

Yes Please:

  • Black plastic bags and bin liners
  • Black plastics (including pots, tubs and trays)
  • Boxes/paper contaminated with food or grease
  • Bubble wrap
  • Crisp packets
  • Greasy paper or card
  • Kitchen oils/liquids (please collect and close in bottles)
  • Kitchen towels
  • Plant pots and seed trays
  • Polystyrene
  • Sweet wrappers
  • Tissues

What about...?

  • Batteries - Please take them to the Students Union where there is a collection point
  • Electrical goods - Please take these to your hall’s reception
  • Lever arch files and ring binders - Please take these to your hall’s reception and they can contact us at Enviroassist@lboro.ac.uk to organise a collection.
  • Clothes and shoes - Please drop them off at your local BHF bank
  • Crockery - Please drop them off at your local BHF bank
  • Donations - Please drop them off at your local BHF bank
  • Textiles - Please drop them off at your local BHF bank


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