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Student Guide to Waste and Recycling

How to use your bins – a Student guide

Welcome to Sheffield!  We know that the waste and recycling services provided here in Sheffield may be very different to those in your home town or city and so we have put together this quick guide.


Your black, blue and brown bins

If you live in a house in Sheffield you will have a brown bin and a blue bin for recycling and a black bin for your general waste. Please click here if you live in a flat or in purpose built student accommodation.  

Please make sure you put the correct items into your brown and blue bin.  If they contain incorrect items they will not be emptied.  

If one of your bins is missing or damaged, you can order a replacement.  

If you live in a large household and your black bin is not big enough, you can apply for extra capacity


When will my bins be emptied?

Use our collection day finder to find out when your bins will be emptied.  One of your bins will be emptied each week.

You need to put your bin out on the pavement before 7am on your collection day

If your bin is not emptied, we can provide help and advice. Report a missed collection or call 0114 2734567 (option 1)


Please remember:

  • After it has been emptied, you need to return your bin to your property before 9am the following day.  Please note that you may be fined if you leave your bin on the pavement between collections.

  • Please do not leave extra waste next to your bins as this will not be taken.

  • Please make sure the lid on your bin is closed.  If your lid is not closed, your bin may not be emptied

Bin collections at Flats

If you live in a flat or in purpose built student accommodation you will have shared waste and recycling containers.  Check the bin labels to find out what you can recycle, or speak to your facilities management team.


Other waste services:

  • Recycling Sites  

You can use recycle sites to recycle items that can not be recycled in the blue bin or box such as foil, textiles and other plastics. Find your nearest site.  

  • Household Waste Recycling Centres  

You can take large items such as televisions and furniture to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.  Find your nearest site  


Find your local Recycling Site in Sheffield with the Veolia Recycling Site Finder.
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Take a look at what happens to your rubbish after it leaves our Household Waste Recycling Centres.
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Bulky items, furniture and household appliances can be taken to one of Sheffield's five Household Waste Recycling Centres or a collection can be arranged for certain items from your property.