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Recycling A-Z

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Cans
Aluminium cans: these should be recycled in the mixed recycling bins around campus and in residences. 
Aerosol-cans
Aerosol cans: Please don't put aerosol cans in any bins on the main campus as they're classed as hazardous waste - contact the Estates Helpdesk to dispose of them. In residences these can be recycled in the mixed recycling bins.
Battery

Batteries: household style batteries (AA, C, etc.) should be placed in the battery recycling bins, which are adjoined to the three bin recycling stations in the Main Building Reception, the Library, Vision Sciences Main Reception, the Union and in the North Wing lobby. 

For larger or unusual batteries please arrange for these to be sent down to stores via the Estates Helpdesk where they are being kept for collection. It is important that we do not throw batteries in the general waste, as they are classed as hazardous.

Bicycle
Bicycles: Aston is now working with Birmingham-based social enterprise Cycle Chain; please donate any old or unwanted bikes by contacting the Environment team. Refurbished bikes are also available to buy.
Books
Books: For academic books, our campus bookshop will buy back some editions, and the library may also accept certain items for their stock or to be sent abroad to partner universities. Other books can also be placed in the charity donation points on campus (behind Tesco Express).
Cans
Cans: see aluminium or steel.
Cardboard
Cardboard: this can be recycled with paper; if you have large quantities please contact the Campus Porters and they will arrange to collect from you (please flatten it first though).
Plastic-bags
Carrier bags: many supermarkets now have carrier bag recycling points. However, we recommend that you take your own reusable bag shopping with you, to reduce the need for plastic bags. Clear plastic bags can be placed in the mixed recycling bins, but otherwise please put them in general waste.
Clothes
Clothing: there are multiple charity recycling banks on campus, located within ASV1, Lakeside and outside the new residences (ASV2 - the road behind Tesco Express). These can take clothing, blankets, shoes and accessories. Please note they do not take duvets though. Please also refer to Miscellaneous items.
Coffee-cup
Coffee Cups:  due to the waxy layer on disposable coffee cups they cannot be recycled. Please put these in the general waste bins.  Instead, we encourage you to use a reusable mug. Why not buy an Aston Mug for Life from Café 66 and Café Tierra to cut down on waste and save on the price of your drink!
Electrical-appliances
Electrical appliances (except for I.T. equipment): these are classed as hazardous waste and need to be disposed of correctly - please contact the Campus Porters.
Envelope
Envelopes: where possible reuse these internally; otherwise they can be recycled in the paper bins. It is not necessary to remove any tape or the plastic windows.
Fluorescent-light-tubes
Fluorescent light tubes: normally these tubes will be taken away by the maintenance team when they fit new ones. If not, you can contact the Campus Porters and they will arrange to collect from you. The tubes are then collected and disposed of safely.
Food-waste
Food waste: this needs to be placed in the general waste bins around campus and in residences. Staff members interested in having a food waste collection in kitchens / staff rooms can ask the Environment Team for more information.


At home, it's even better to try reducing food waste by buying only what you need and 'loving your leftovers' (look at the Love Food Hate Waste website for inspiration).

Furniture
Furniture: we know longer have a 'Furniture Store' but staff members can ask the Campus Porters if there is any furniture in storage they can use instead of purchasing new equipment. If you are having a big office clearance please contact the team here for names of various charities that may happily take items off your hands! 
Jars
Glass bottles and jars: these can no longer be recycled in the mixed recycling bins. Contact the Environment Team if you have a large amount to dispose of or place them in the general waste bins.
Biohazard
Hazardous waste: please contact the Environment team. All hazardous waste must be disposed of correctly.
Ink-cartridge
Ink cartridges / toner: our stationery supplier, Office Depot provide postage paid envelopes for returning inkjet cartridges, and collection boxes for toner cartridges which are then emptied free of charge. Envelopes and boxes can be ordered along with your stationery order in the usual way.
PC Equipment
I.T. equipment: all I.T. equipment (including cables) must be disposed of through ISA as it is classed as hazardous waste and must be monitored. For any items you would like collected, please contact ISA and they will arrange for the porters to collect from you – do not contact the porters directly. The equipment is then disposed of safely.
Metal
Metal: please contact the Campus Porters and they will arrange to collect any bulky items from you. These can then be recycled.
CD
Miscellaneous items: including CDs and DVDs, kitchenware, books, clothing and textiles can be placed in the British Heart Foundation, Islamic Aid or Traid donation points behind Tesco Express (off Aston Street).


Alternatively, you could donate directly to your own local charity shop, or offer unwanted items on your local Freegle or Freecycle network.

Mobile-phone
Mobile phones: these can often be returned to phone shops or recycled through a number of organisations specialising in this.
Paper
Paper: all types of paper can be recycled in the paper and cardboard recycling bins around campus and in residences, including newspapers, magazines, office paper, shredded paper and cardboard.
Plastic-bottle
Plastics: all plastic bottles can be disposed of in the mixed recycling bins around campus and in residences. Most plastic food packaging such as yoghurt pots and plastic sandwich cartons can be recycled. Clear plastic bags and packaging can also be placed in the mixed recycling bins.


Cling film, polystyrene and rigid plastic items need to be put in the general waste bins.


Where possible, please empty liquids and food from bottles and packaging before placing in the bins.


Tip: look out for the 'widely recycled' label on food products or an identification number (triangle with a number in it) - numbers 1 to 3 can be recycled. Have a look at this guidance for more information.

Glasses
Spectacles: there are many charities that collect and reuse old spectacles, such as Vision Aid Overseas.
Stamp
Stamps: these can be sent to charities who earn money from recycling them. You can search for charities that will accept stamps online, or here at Aston we send our stamps to the RSPB; if you have any old, new, used, un-used, foreign or UK stamps please send them to the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Team on the 7th Floor of the Main Building, Room 723.
Staples
Staples: these can be recycled in the same way as other metals, so if you have large quantities they can be put into the mixed recycling bins for collection.
Steel-cans
Steel cans: these should be recycled in the mixed recycling bins and banks around campus and in residences.
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