Students and new residents


New residents and students

Just moved to Bristol? Here's everything new residents need to know about how waste and recycling works in the city.


Information for new residents and students

Just moved to Bristol? Make sure you know how to sort out your waste and recycling and when to put it out for collection. 

Your bins and boxes must be put out for collection by 6am on your collection day and removed as soon as possible following collection.

If you’re not sure what day we come by you can put your postcode into the ‘collection day finder’ on the Bristol Council website. Look for the code (for example, Monday B’ or ‘Wednesday A’) and then find the collection calendar that matches that code on our website.

In Bristol, we have an effective kerbside sorting system where residents sort recyclable materials into different 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 or visit the Get It Sorted page.

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Bristol recycling guide
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You should write your flat or property number on your bins and boxes so you know which ones are yours and stop them getting mixed up in the street.

If you don’t want to write or paint your bin number straight onto the bin, you can request a blank sticker to write on by emailing

We can also provide small stickers for your recycling boxes to remind you should put in each one.

Bins and boxes that are left on streets can make it difficult or impossible for people to use the pavement safely, 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.

If you don’t bring your bin off the street you may get a note on your bin reminding you to do so, or a visit from our community engagement team.

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 on 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 and 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.

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Waste and recycling guide for Bristol students

Moving to a new town for university is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Save yourself some worry by planning ahead with our guide for dealing with waste while you’re a student in Bristol.

A rubbish guide for students
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Dealing with bulky waste

Bulky waste is anything that doesn’t fit into your waste or recycling bins, and moving in or out of a property can result in a lot of it! Find out the best way to deal with it, from booking a special collection to donating it to charity.

How to dispose of bulky waste

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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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.

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