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Recycling advice for students

All houses in Cambridge should have:   

  • A blue bin (or a recycling box) for recycling mixed cans, paper, glass, plastic packaging, cartons and cardboard
  • A green bin (or brown paper sacks) for compostable garden and food waste
  • A black bin (or white plastic sacks) for general rubbish

Your blue and green bin are emptied one week, and your black bin is emptied the following week.

You can download a poster [PDF, ] showing what can go in each bin, and we provide various recycling leaflets and posters in other languages.

It can help to set up a separate bin for your blue bin recycling in your kitchen, next to the general rubbish bin. You can download a label to put on your kitchen recycling bin [PDF, ].