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Recycling at UCL is simple. Almost all items can go in the bins marked 'mixed recycling'.

Materials in the recycling bins are sorted off-site and over 90% goes on to be recycled. 

Food items and liquids should not be put in these bins. 

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Non-recyclable

This bin is for non-recyclable items like food packaging contaminated with liquids or food. These materials are incinerated and the heat they produce is used to generate energy. 

Use these bins for:

  • Packaging or containers contaminated with food or liquids
  • Chewing gum
  • Polystyrene
  • Crisp packets
  • Compostable or biodegradable plates/cups

Still unsure? Contact the Sustainability Team

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Mixed recycling

This bin is for almost all dry, food-free, materials. These materials are sorted off-site to ensure that the highest possible amount of recyclable material is retained. 

Use these bins for:

  • glass 
  • paper 
  • card
  • cans
  • cartons
  • plastic bags
  • plastic containers
  • Basically, almost all dry, food-free materials!

Please note: Toner cartridges, batteries and electrical items should be recycled in dedicated bins. 

Still unsure? Contact the Sustainability Team

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Food only

This bin is for all food products, whether cooked or uncooked. These materials are taken off-site and broken down using an anaerobic digester. 

Use these bins for:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • meat and fish
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • bread
  • dairy products
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • eggs and eggshells

Still unsure? Contact the Sustainability Team


Other waste 

Although most of the waste we generate will fit into one of these three main waste streams, some won't. This other waste may be hazardous, require specialist recycling, or may be unwanted but still usable. Find out more.