Recycling and Reducing Waste

What can be recycled?

All Graduate Accommodation sites are provided with blue mixed recycling bins.  In these you can put:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Drinks, milk or shampoo bottles
  • Bottle tops
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Foil trays
  • Cartons
  • Food pots, punnets, trays and packaging
  • Plant pots and trays
  • Plastic bags
  • Coffee machine pods
  • Aerosols


  • Food waste
  • Black bin liners
  • Textiles or clothes
  • Salad bags
  • Baby wipe packets
  • Pet food pouches
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Plastic toys/gadgets
  • Crisp packets

To find out more or print off some recycling bin stickers, visit the Oxford City Council recycling page here.

Where are your recycling bins?

Alan Bullock Close
Between the bike racks and the bin store.

Castle Mill

1 – Carpark at the back of A block

2 – Behind C block          

3 – Gatehouse 1

4 – Laundry 2

5 – Gatehouse 2

6 – Left of H block

7 – Right of H block by laundry 3

8 – Gatehouse 3

9 – Left of L block in turning area

Court Place Gardens
Each house has its own blue recycling bin that is collected every other week

Summertown House
Behind West block and at the south end of East block

Walton Street Houses
Car park next to 132/133 Walton Street

Wellington Square
Bin store opposite the bike cage

49 Banbury Road
In the car park at the front of the property

38/40 Woodstock Road
In the car park at the side of the property

Reduce Waste

  • Follow the waste hierarchy: the most favourable options are prevention, reduction and reuse, the least favourable is landfill. The higher up the waste hierarchy the better. Here are some questions to consider:
    • Prevent: do you really need to create the waste in the first place, could you borrow, rent or hire it instead?
    • Reduce: do you need as much as you think? Can you buy materials with recyclable content? Can you use materials more efficiently? For example if you print, print double-sided.
    • Reuse: can it be repaired or upgraded or can someone else use it?

End of Tenancy Collections for the British Heart Foundation

If you have belongings that you are unable to transport or will no longer need after leaving your accommodation, we encourage you to use the collection and recycling service at Castle Mill and Summertown House. We are operating this in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation who will sell unwanted items in their shops or recycle them.

Between April and September 2015, BHF collected 296 bags of donated goods from tenants at Castle Mill, representing nearly a quarter of the total number of bags – amounting to nearly 10 tonnes – collected across the University.

The BHF ‘Pack for Good’ initiative has been supported by the collegiate University, Oxford City Council and Oxford Brookes for the last three years. OUSU also helps by promoting the campaign to students. BHF estimates that each bag can be worth as much as £14, generating an anticipated £19,000 from all University collections this year – and nearly £100,000 across the wider city