Household waste

Mini Recycling Centres

Everything you need to know about using your mini recycling centre in Bristol.

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How to use your Mini Recycling Centre (MRC)

If you live in a flat you probably have shared bins, either on the street or in a bin store inside or near your building. We call these shared bins mini recycling centres, or MRC for short.

Most mini recycling centres have recycling bins for cardboard and brown paper, glass, plastics and metal and paper. Most, but not all, have a food waste bin. We’re currently working with Bristol City Council to improve recycling for flats across the city.

What you can put in your mini recycling centre bins

All your clean cardboard recycling should go in here. To fit as much into the bin as possible, please flatten, fold or cut up any boxes.

  • Boxes (remove tape)
  • Cartons (rinsed and squashed)
  • Greetings cards (no glitter)
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Brown paper

Give these items a quick rinse and squash them if you can.

  • Cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Lids and caps
  • Plastic packaging (no black plastic or plastic film)
  • Aerosols (empty with the lids removed)
  • Foil

  • White or coloured paper
  • Magazines junk mail

Please only put glass into this bin. 

All your leftover cooked and uncooked food should go in here, including:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Cheese and dairy
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Plate scrapings
  • Eggshells
  • Bread, pasta, rice and cereal
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags

Line your food waste caddy with a compostable liner or a plastic bag such as an old bread bag or shopping bag. All liners will be removed before the food waste is processed.

Almost everything that can’t be recycled should go into this bin. For safety, hazardous waste and electronics should be taken to a recycling centre.

Things we don't collect from shared bins

We don’t collect electronics, also called WEEE, from mini recycling centres. Instead, please take small electronics to your nearest recycling centre. If they still work, you can donate them to our Reuse Shop or a charity shop.

We don’t collect batteries from mini recycling centres. Instead, please take batteries to your nearest battery recycling point or one of Bristol’s recycling centres.

Bulky waste is anything that won’t fit into your bin. Remember, we won’t collect waste left on the floor unless you have booked a bulky waste collection.

Book a bulky waste collection for larger items such as mattresses, electrical items, fridges and freezers  from Bristol City Council for a small service fee (£25 for up to 3 items or £50 for up to 6 items). You must book this service first and only put the items out on the day of the scheduled collection.

Bulky items can also be taken to any of the Reuse and Recycling Centres where waste, recycling and large items can be disposed of for free.

Please take them to a reuse and recycling centre or a charity shop. We cannot collect textiles from a Mini Recycling Centre.

Report an issue with your mini recycling centre

Depending on who your landlord is, there are different ways to report issues with your shared recycling bins.

Report a missed collection
Large Bristol Waste recycling bins in front of a brick wall.

Don't risk a fine by fly-tipping

If the bin is full, please wait until it is empty to add your waste or recycling.

  • Leaving anything on the floor of your mini recycling centre or on the street next to your shared bins is fly-tipping.
  • Fly-tipping is illegal and you can be prosecuted or fined.
  • If you fly-tip on the floor of an indoor bin store, your managing agent may charge you or increase the service charge for your whole building.

The maximum fine for fly-tipping is £50,000.