The University of Nottingham

Reduce Waste & Recycle

We encourage students to firstly follow the waste hierarchy: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.

The best thing you can do is create less waste wherever possible. The university’s WasteNott camapign encourages staff and students to avoid disposable coffee cups, plastic bottles, straws and cutlery and use reusable items instead where they are able to. You can also try to buy products with minimal/no packaging.

When you do have to throw something away, it’s important to recycle what you can. Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves energy, protects ecosystems and people, and reduces pollution. It can be difficult to know what you can recycle – especially when the rules are different from what you might be used to at home.

Below is a list of things which can and cannot be recycled in your halls of residence.

Check out the list below to see what can/can’t be recycled in the outside recycling bins. The recycling bins in your pantries (where available) should only be used for recycling from the pantry (e.g. milk bottles, cardboard sleeves from food packaging), and you should separate recycling in your bedroom to take out to the external bins.

  • Paper, newspaper, magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Mixed Glass (clean!)
  • Plastic containers (clean!)
  • Drinks and metal cans (clean!)
  • Batteries
  • CDs, DVDs, etc
  • Crisp packets, coffee cups, snack packets
  • Electrical equipment including chargers
  • Folders (e.g. lever-arch folders)
  • Food waste – should go in the food waste bin if you have one
  • Hard plastic (e.g. CD/DVD cases)
  • Tetrapak cartons
  • Tissues

You can also view the Recycling A-Z here for how to recycle other items.

If you spot an issue with your recycling bins, contact your Hall Manager.