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In addtion to the information below, you may like to view Cambridge City Council's A-Z recycling directory.

Recycling in Sidney

Sidney encourages the recycling of paper, cardboard, clear glass, green glass and metal. Facilities are available at Sidney for the recycling of these items; the bins are in the small courtyard at the back of the MCR. There are paper and cardboard receptacles in the Mail Room, and several boxes in the MCR for paper, cans and bottles. Please help our recycling efforts by placing only the indicated materials in the bins provided!

Recycling in college hostels or private accommodation

If you live in one of the college hostels, then your recycling will be handled by the Cambridge City Council Kerbside Recycling Scheme. The following information has been taken from the Cambridge City Council website – for more details, see their recycling directory.

The Council collects rubbish and recycling on an alternate weekly system - the Blue Box (plastics) and Green Bin (compostables) one week, and your Black Box (glass and cans) and Black Bin (non-recyclables for landfill) the next. You can search by postcode to find your collection times online, or request a printed collection calendar by e-mailing with your address to The collections commence early in the morning so your containers should be put out by the road by 7am on the morning of collection (though you must ensure that they are not left on the public highway before 6pm on the evening prior to your collection day and that they are taken back in as soon as possible after they have been emptied).

What waste goes in which bin?

We have summarised which waste goes in which bin below. You can look at the list by bin or by material.

What goes where: by bin

BLACK BIN rubbish goes straight to landfill, so only use the bin for rubbish that can't be recycled in Cambridge.

This includes:

  • Dog and cat waste (must be wrapped in plastic bags)
  • All plastic packaging and lids (except plastic bottles which can go in your Blue Box)
  • Empty paint cans
  • Sanitary items and nappies (must be wrapped in plastic bags)
  • Pyrex and visionware
  • Broken Glass (wrapped in paper)
  • Expanded polystrene

Your BLACK BOX will be collected every fortnight, on the same day as your Black Bin.

Please put in: Please do NOT put in:
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • White paper
  • White envelopes (no need to remove windows)
  • Junk Mail
  • Clean glass jars
  • Metal jar lids
  • Clean glass bottles (all colours of glass)
  • Clean drinks cans
  • Aerosols (not squashed)
  • Clean food cans
  • Clean foil
  • Broken Glass
  • Window Glass/Pyrex
  • Cardboard
  • Egg Boxes
  • Yellow Pages
  • Milk/Juice cartons
  • Plastics
  • Carrier Bags
  • Paint cans
  • Motor oil containers
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Brown Envelopes (white envelopes are OK)

You may or may not have a GREEN BIN or BROWN SACK. This is collected every fortnight on the same day as your Blue Box.

Please put in: Please do NOT put in:
  • Grass and hedge cuttings
  • Vegetable & fruit peelings
  • All cooked/uncooked food waste including meat, poultry, fish and dairy (preferably wrapped in newspaper/paper)
  • Yellow Pages
  • Tea bags & coffee filters
  • Stale Bread
  • Bark & untreated wood
  • Flowers & all weeds
  • All cardboard
  • Brown Envelopes (but please remove plastic windows)
  • Shredded paper
  • Broken glass
  • Plastic bags or windows, even biodegradable ones
  • Disposable nappies
  • Glass or cans
  • Textiles: see clothes
  • Soil or stones
  • Painted/treated woods
  • Cat or dog waste
  • Oil
  • Non-compostable items
  • Tetrapaks - juice/milk/wine cartons

The BLUE BOX will be collected in the weeks when your black box and bin are not collected.

Please put in:

  • All Plastic Bottles including:
    • Water, squash and fizzy drink bottles
    • All cleaning, shampoo and bleach bottles

Please do NOT put in:

  • Any plastic other than plastic bottles including:
    • Plastic bottle tops
    • Yoghurt pots
    • Plastic Bags
    • Food trays or drinks cups
    • Plastic egg boxes

What goes where: by material

  • Plastics
    • Plastic bottles should be put in the blue box
    • No other plastics are recycled by the kerbside scheme
  • Paper and cardboard
    • White paper and envelopes (there is no need to remove plastic windows from white envelopes), magazines, newspapers and junk mail should be put in the black box
    • Brown envelopes (please remove plastic windows from brown envelopes) and cardboard (please remove tape) should be put in the green bin
    • Yellow pages should be put in the green bin
    • Newspaper or cardboard should also be used to wrap peelings, food waste etc. in the green bin
    • Books in adequate condition can be donated to charity shops
  • Glass
    • Glass bottles (all colours) should be put in the black box
    • Clean glass jars (and metal jar lids) should be put in the black box
    • Broken glass must not be provided for recycling. Anything sharp in bin bags should be well wrapped to avoid injury
  • Metals
    • Cans (drinks, aerosols and clean food cans) should be put in the black box
    • Clean foil should be put in the black box
    • Most other items (e.g. batteries, oil, white goods, computers and scrap metal) should be taken to a local recycling point
  • Food waste
    • Food waste, preferably wrapped in paper, should be put in the green bin.
    • Paper bags for wrapping food waste are available from the Council at cost price (from the Mill Road depot or the City Homes receptions).
  • Clothes, textiles and shoes
    • Clothes, textiles and shoes can be taken to the various recycling points around the city.
    • Clothes in good condition can be put in textiles banks operated by charities, usually the Salvation Army or Oxfam. You may also be able to donate these directly to charity shops.
    • Clothes in poor condition, and worn or scrap textiles, should be put in textiles banks operated by Black Country Rag (BCR), a commercial organisation which sorts and processes textiles for re-use or recycling.
  • Building materials
    • Wood, scrap metal, paint and rubble should be taken to a local recycling point

Recycling computer hardware

Please make every effort to recycle your used computers and peripherals, and dispose of them properly if they cannot be salvaged. You may consider selling your old IT equipment to fellow students via the university's Announcements and Advertisements webpage: click to view the listings for used items on sale and offered free.

Otherwise, please view page 11 of Cambridge City Council's A-Z recycling directory for advice and details of local organisations that recycle and refurbish hardware. Click here for further local contacts provided by WasteOnline.

SP, 25 May 2009