What can I recycle?

...on campus

In the recycling bins with blue lids/labels:
  • Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Paper bound books
  • NO glass
  • NO paper cups
  • NO polystyrene
  • NO food
  • NO liquid

In the recycling bins with green lids/labels:
  • Drinks cans
  • Tins
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic containers (clean)
  • Paper can be put in here
  • NO glass
  • NO paper cups
  • NO food
  • NO liquids
More details about plastic types

Please put your paper cups in the dedicated
cup recycling collection bins with a pink label;
but please remove lids, tea bags and all liquid.

Find out more here.

ALL the following items are collected separately for recycling:

Glass - bottle banks and wheelie bins for collecting glass are located across campus: for a map of Whiteknights collection points click here, and for London Road click here.

Confidential papers - these are shredded on site by our approved contractor. All confidential waste papers should be placed in shredding sacks (or a datasafe console if you have one) - you can request empty sacks by sending an email to waste@reading.ac.uk. To arrange for the collection of full sacks, please fill in an online Waste Disposal Request Form. Have a look at the confidential waste procedure.

Batteries - regular-sized batteries can be sent to the Post Room (Whiteknights House) via internal post for recycling. Contact waste@reading.ac.uk to discuss disposal of large batteries.

Electrical items - please fill in an online Waste Disposal Request Form.

IT equipment - please fill in an online Waste Disposal Request Form.

Printer cartridges - boxes to collect cartridges in can be requested by sending an email to waste@reading.ac.uk - they can also be found in the admin areas of Schools and Functions.  If a cartridge collection box is full, you can ask for it to be emptied by sending an email to waste@reading.ac.uk

Fridges and freezers - contact waste@reading.ac.uk to discuss collections.

Wood and metal - please fill in an online Waste Disposal Request Form.

Mobile phones - return to DTS for secure disposal.

Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs - contact waste@reading.ac.uk to discuss collections.

Waste cooking oil - contact waste@reading.ac.uk to discuss collections.

There's lots more....but we would be here all day!  Have a look at the Recycling A-Z, or contact us for more information.

....in halls accomodation

Please check your halls handbook for information on waste and recycling information.  When you are ready to move out of halls, there is also useful information in the halls move-out guides, which are available on the same webpage.

....in private accomodation

Wokingham Borough Council

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Buckinghamshire Council

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Reading Borough Council

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South Oxfordshire District Council

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