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We welcome all students to Bath and hope you will help us recycle as much as you can whilst you live here. Please read on for more information about recycling on and off campus and the council's rubbish collections.  For additional information please go to Bins, rubbish and recycling or click on the links below.

We collect your recycling and rubbish on the same day of the week but by different vehicles.  The collections are weekly except garden waste which is fortnightly 

To order a free green box, blue bag or food waste recycling container, please contact Council Connect by email or phone

01225 39 40 41. For more information about ordering containers please click here.

To find out your collection day, please enter your postcode or street name in the 'Services in Your Area' box at the top right hand side of this page or contact Council Connect by email or phone 01225 39 40 41.

If your collection is missed or there is any other problem, report it to us online


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Please follow the links below for information about what we collect, when we collect them and what you need to recycle more

Living in University accommodation (on or off campus)

You can recycle a great amount of your waste if you are living in University accommodation. You will find the most up-to-date information on your University website.

Bath Spa University recycling

Bath University University of Bath recycling



Freshers fair eventWe'd like you to recycle as much as possible to reduce the environmental damage caused by throwing things away. Everything we collect for recycling is recycled back into a wide range of products that can be used over again.

For a summary of your collections see our Students - Your guide to recycling in Bath and North East Somerset guide above. You can print a copy from the PDf file on this page or see our table below.

Living off campus in private accommodation

If you are living in private accommodation off campus, your recycling and rubbish is collected by the Council. Our collections are really comprehensive -you can recycle over 17 kinds of items every week from home. This should help you reduce what you have to put out for your rubbish collection.

Your recycling, cardboard, food waste and rubbish are collected on the same day each week. Please contact Council Connect 01225 39 40 41 to order any of the following containers.  In the meantime, you can still put your recycling out using any suitable container (e.g. plastic box or plastic bags but please leave these untied so we can see it is recycling and not rubbish). Your cardboard can also be flattened and put out in untied carrier bags or flattened and tied together with string.

Container What you can recycle For more information go to:


Green Box

Paper, cans, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, glass bottles and jars, foil, clothes and shoes, spectacles, batteries, car batteries, engine oil, mobile phones, ink and toner cartridges. You can recycle small electrical appliances that will fit into a carrier bag - please place next to your green box.  Green box recycling collection

Blue bag

Blue bag

Cardboard, brown paper, food and drink cartons. Blue bag cardboard collection

food waste containers

Black food waste bin (and kitchen caddy)

All kinds of food waste - raw or cooked, including bones, tea bags and scrapings from your plate. Food waste collection

Rubbish collections

You can put your rubbish out in black sacks or a conventional dustbin. Only items that you cannot recycle should go into your rubbish sacks. It is your responsibility to keep your property clear of rubbish and your street clean of mess. Please make sure all your rubbish bags are contained.

Please make sure the bags are tied and not overfilled so we can lift them without splitting. Make sure any sharp objects are wrapped carefully to prevent injury.

Please try to recycle and compost as much as possible to reduce the amount of rubbish you throw away. 


Reusable rubbish bags

Reusable rubbish bag

If your street had been issued with Council reusable rubbish bag you must use it. 

You must:

Put all your black plastic rubbish sacks inside your reusable rubbish bag to stop birds and other animals from scavenging your rubbish. If you are unsure if your property should have a reusable rubbish bag please follow the link below

Reusable rubbish bag streets

For guidelines on using your reusable rubbish bag please click here

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How to put your recycling and rubbish out for collection

For more information on our collection services, please go to Collections for recycling and rubbish.

We collect your recycling and rubbish on the same day of the week but by different vehicles.  The collections are weekly except garden waste which is fortnightly. We collect recycling and rubbish as usual on all bank holidays except over the Christmas and New Year period. We update our website with changes for Christmas and New Year collections.

Please put your containers out by 7am on your collection day, at the front edge of your property where they can be easily seen by our crews.  Please bring them back in as soon as you can after emptying. Please note you must only put your recycling and rubbish out on the day of collection or you could be liable to a fine.

At the end of term, please be considerate to your neighbours and avoid leaving piles of rubbish behind by planning ahead and remembering to put your rubbish out for collection on the right day and time.  Large items should be taken to the Recycling Centres (see below).

Moving in or out?

Student move out campaign logo

For advice on how to plan ahead when you move out at the end of term or  year please visit

As part of the annual student move out campaign in we arrange lots of road shows where you can get tips and advice to plan your move out successfully.

Finding larger items

Websites: You can find free items such as furniture and appliances on websites such as

Charities: Charities such as the Genesis Furniture Project and The SOFA Project sell second hand furniture and appliances - see below for more details.

Events:  Make sure you also look out for our Furniture Sales and Give and Take Days which are advertised on our Events page.

Disposing of larger items

Recycling Centres

You can take large items of furniture and appliances to our Recycling Centres free of charge.  They are also useful places to visit if you are having an end of term clear out. For more information on the sites, opening times and what we accept, please go to Recycling Centres.

In Bath, the nearest Recycling Centre is at Midland Road, Bath, BA1 3AT (opposite Royal Victoria Park).  Please ensure you bring your student ID card when you visit, to prove you are a resident. Please make sure you separate and recycle the items you bring to the site.

Council bulky waste collections

We can collect larger household items such as fridges and furniture from the outside of your house but there is a charge for this. To find out more about this service, please go to Collection service for large items.

Donations to charity

The following charities will take certain items of furniture and appliances for free at their discretion. You can also buy furniture and electrical appliances from them:

The Genesis Furniture Project
Tel:01225 421111

The SOFA Project
Tel: 117 9543567

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