Recycling – let's get it sorted!

Check out this cute animation featuring Bristol comedian Jayde Adams explaining what goes where in your recycling boxes.

Download a recycling guide

Do you have your own recycling boxes and bins? This is the guide for you.

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Kerbside recycling guide
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Do you share recycling bins with your neighbours? This handy guide for mini recycling centres (MRC) will tell you everything you need to know.

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Mini recycling centre guide
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Information for students and new residents

Whether you’ve just moved to Bristol or you’re moving out, you’ll need to know how to sort your waste and recycling, including bulky items such as sofas, mattresses or fridges.

On collection day, bins and boxes must be put out for collection by 7am and removed as soon as possible following collection. Not sure what day we come by? We have handy collection calendars for the full year that you can download or print off. Just download the collection calendar from our website.

In Bristol, we have an effective kerbside sorting system where residents sort recyclable materials into designated recycling boxes. This helps our crews complete their rounds faster, efficiently and means we gather great quality recycling. Not sure what goes where or need a refresher? Download our recycling guide!

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Bristol recycling guide
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We can provide small stickers to go on boxes stating what material should go in each one. We also have stickers to write your flat or property number onto so you can identify your containers and stop them getting mixed up in the street. You can request these by emailing hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk

Bins and boxes that are left on streets cause an obstruction to pavement users, especially those with pushchairs or wheelchairs, or those who are visually impaired.

Please make sure that bins and boxes are removed from the pavement as soon as possible after collection and kept off the pavement between collections.

**Bin and container ordering is currently paused. This is to help us catch up with the current high demand and manage staff shortages. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.**

Residents can have as many recycling boxes as they need and we encourage properties to also use our lids to keep materials contained on windy days. Bins, boxes and lids can be ordered for free and we’ll deliver them straight to you.

You can order bins and recycling containers to be delivered via the Bristol City Council website.

Charity organisations collect some large, fit-for-purpose items for free so they can be reused. Some of the organisations in Bristol you could contact are SOFA Project, Emmaus Bristol, Happytat, Sue Ryder or British Heart Foundation. A Bulky Waste collection can be arranged for a fee where larger items such as mattresses, electrical items, fridges and freezers are collected from the kerbside. We operate two Household Waste Recycling Centres where your tenants can bring their waste, recycling and larger bulky items to dispose of or recycle for free. Waste disposed of by a landlord is trade waste & must be taken to a commercial facility as it is illegal to dispose of such waste at an HWRC. Please be advised that leaving items out on the kerbside or street can be considered illegal fly-tipping and you could be prosecuted.

two students walk down stairs carrying boxes

Moving out of your student house?

Moving can be one of the most stressful things you’ll do, so save yourself some worry by planning ahead with our guide for dealing with move-out waste.

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Fridges, furniture and other bulky items

Do you have usable furniture to donate or do you need to book a collection for large, bulky items to be picked up?

A kerbside bulky waste collection for larger items such as mattresses, electrical items, fridges and freezers can be arranged through Bristol City Council for a small service fee. You must book this service before putting the items out just before collection.

We also operate two Reuse and Recycling Centres where waste, recycling and larger bulky items can be disposed of for general waste or recycling for free.

Charity organisations collect some large, fit-for-purpose items for free so they can be reused. Try contacting one of these organisations in Bristol:

Please be advised that leaving items out on the kerbside or street can be considered illegal fly-tipping and you could be prosecuted.

Contact us

Do you need further help or advice from us?

We'd be happy to chat. Contact us by email or call 0117 304 9022.