Waste and recycling information for students and those who are new to Bristol

Just moved into new digs? Let us run you through the basics of how and when to put our your waste and recycling in Bristol.


When is your waste and recycling collected?

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.


We have a kerbside recycling sorting system; learn what goes where

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 handy recycling leaflet for a brief overview of breakdown, or our detailed Recycling from Home guidebook


Rather watch a quick clip? Hear from our crews what goes where!


Would informational leaflets or stickers be helpful to identify your bins/boxes?

We have 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 via the email address below.



Ensure you have proper waste and recycling storage

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


Do you need additional or replacement containers?

Residents can have as many recycling boxes as they need and we encorage 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. 


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

Charity organisations collect some large, fit-for-purpose items for free so they can be reused:

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 waste, recycling and larger bulky items can be brought and disposed of or recycled for free.

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


Looking for further support? Here are some useful links to organisations and groups for students:


Do you need further help or advice from us?

We'd be happy to chat. Contact us by email, at hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk or call 0117 304 9022.