Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University


Student Hall Recycling

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As a student of Loughborough University, you are required to recycle whilst living in our halls of residence. The following guide should help you to recycle right!

How to Present Your Recycling

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 28% (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 or call on 01509 228069 and we will do our best to help.

Dry Mixed Recycling (Green Bin)

Recycling must be clean and dry. Please rinse all tins and plastic before recycling. If you don’t, the entire lorry load may be rejected and sent to landfill.


  • Plastic bottles and lids (including from the kitchen and bathroom)
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays and punnets (any colour except black)
  • Plastic bags such as carrier bags, bread bags, salad and vegetable bags (any colour except black)
  • Plastic film such as bubble wrap, cling film, and cellophane (must be clean)

No black plastic of any kind
No plastic tubes such as moisturizer, toothpaste, hand cream
No hard plastic such as coat hangers and Tupperware
No CDs and DVD cases
No plastic cutlery
No trigger sprays or pump action lids (the bottles are fine)
No foil-plastic wrappers such as crisp, chocolate, biscuits, and sweets wrappers
No plastic plant pots or seed trays


  • Drinks cans and food cans
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum foil (must be clean and scrunched into a ball)
  • Foil trays
  • Metal biscuit and chocolate tins

No metal tubes such as tomato puree
No cooking oil tins


  • Cardboard boxes (please flatten and remove tape/string/polystyrene)
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Cardboard toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes
  • Egg cartons
  • Clean and empty pizza boxes 

No greasy or dirty pizza boxes – only clean

Cartons/Tetra Pak

  • Food and drinks cartons such as milk, soups
  • Crisp tubes such as Pringles


  • Newspapers, magazines etc.
  • Catalogues and directories
  • Paper and envelopes
  • Wrapping paper (plain only – no glitter, fabric or embellishments)
  • Shredded paper

No kitchen paper/tissues
No tissue paper
No photographs

No batteries
No glass, Pyrex, or mirrors
No textiles such as clothes, shoes, towels, bags etc.
No electrical goods
No polystyrene
No tissues
No food waste


Food Waste (Brown Caddy)

Your brown food waste caddy can take all cooked and raw food waste including…

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

No cooking oil
No liquids
No plastic bags or packaging

Glass (Green Bucket)

  • Glass bottles (rinsed)
  • Glass jars (rinsed)
  • Lids (attached)

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

  • Crockery
  • Glass cooking ware
  • Pyrex
  • Drinking glass

General Waste (White Bin)

  • 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

No food waste – this must go in your brown food caddy

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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