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We’re all about recycling here at Manchester Met, so before you trash it – check to see if it can be recycled. Manchester Met has committed to reusing or recycling 60% of all our waste by 2020. We work closely with your Residential Advisors throughout the year to help you live more sustainably.


If you are living in university owned student accommodation, you will have an opportunity to win prizes for your recycling efforts. 


Win cinema tickets & £300 for your flat!

The Environment Team and Residential Advisors will visit you once a term to look in your bins! We will mark your efforts and leave you with some feedback on how you can do better. Cinema tickets will be awarded to the best flat in each hall, winning flats will then be entered in to a prize draw to win £300 (divided equally between residents paid on to Met Cards)! 


Food Recycling

You can recycle all of your food waste in the small brown bins provided in your kitchen. Use ANY type of plastic bag in the caddie then take this out to the food wheelie in bin stores or courtyards. 


Free Bin Liners

Please use ONLY clear plastic bin liners which are provided free of charge from your Student Living Reception. Please empty recycling out of bin liners into large recycling bins in your bin store. Bin liners cannot be recycled and need to be put in Non-Recyclable Waste (Black Bin). 


Give it, don't bin it!  

Give it, don't bin it is a student move-out collection and recycling campaign. Donate your clothes, books, electricals and unopened, non-perishable food to charity to help those in need. 

We currently support the British Heart Foundation and Manchester Central Foodbank. 

Fore more information, please visit the website here.


What can I recycle?


Paper & Cardboard Recycling (the blue bin)

Clean and dry items in this bin!


  • Paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines & catalogues
  • Envelopes with or without windows
  • Greeting cards
  • Cardboard packaging


  • Food contaminated (dirty) paper and cardboard items
  • Plastic sleeves, covers or ring binders
  • Juice Cartons including Tetra Packs
  • Coffee Cups
  • Paper Towels / Napkins

Plastic Bottle & Can Recycling (the green bin)

‌‌‌Clean, rinsed items only! 


  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Cans drinks and food
  • Tins


  • Unwashed or rinsed items
  • Plastic food containers yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food trays
  • Crisp packets
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic bags
  • Cling film 
  • Tin foil

Glass Recycling (the white bag)

Clean, unbroken glass only! 


  • Glass jars
  • Glass bottles


  • Unwashed items
  • Broken glass
  • Lightbulbs

Food Recycling (the brown bin)


ALL FOOD waste can be recycled.

You can use ANY plastic bag to line your bin - it gets separated at the recycling plant!


  • Food containers & packaging including those labelled compostable

Non-Recyclable Waste (black bin)

Try and recycling all you can first! 

Items that are not currently recycled go in this bin - these will be sent to incineration for energy recovery. 

If you are unsure whether an item can be recycled, please contact the Waste and Recycling Team