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Students' guide

When you live off campus you get the same recycling and waste services as other residents in Chester. If you live in a house you should have a green box, a grey box and brown food bin for recycling.

Find out your collection day

You can find out your collection day by using our collection calendar.

If you do not have any recycling boxes you can request them using our online form and we will deliver them for free.

Order a new bin/box

Please note: from mid October 2022 your kerbside service will be changing. Many properties will be delivered new wheeled bins for recycling, which will be collected fortnightly. The materials we collect in each bin will also change.

Not all properties will be able to accommodate the bins and will remain using boxes. More information can be found on our bin collection pages.

Make sure you put your containers out by 7am on your collection day and please make sure that your recycling boxes have lids on, if you don't have any lids you can order them for free. Also remember to bring your containers back in as soon as possible after collection.

Dumping your rubbish out on the street or in an alleyway may result in a £120 penalty notice. Please be smart and use the kerbside recycling scheme responsibly.

Get organised

  • be clear about what you can and can't recycle and tell everyone in the house. Your recycling is collected every week and rubbish that cannot be recycled is collected every other week.
  • look out for the 'Right Time Right Place' leaflet, which will be delivered to your door at the end of September. Put it on the fridge so that all you housemates will know what to do.
  • set up a recycling area in your kitchen. Use separate containers for your recycling and rubbish.
  • agree a rota for putting out the recycling and rubbish so everyone gets involved.
  • if you have a large amount of rubbish to get rid of, you can request a bulky item collection or visit one of our recycling centres

Student engagement

The recycle first team works closely with the university and student union to help with students living in the Garden Quarter area of Chester to make sure that:

  • they are recycling as much as they can
  • they make sure that they are using the correct recycling boxes
  • they put their recycling and waste out in time for their collections