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Recycling whilst living in student accommodation

This week is Recycle Week (21st – 27th September 2020). And with many students having recently moved into, or about to move into our accommodation, we thought there was no better time to talk about recycling at Host.

Recycling at Host

We’re passionate about the environment and we want to help protect it. That’s why we’re committed to doing our bit and helping to improve environmental performance and sustainability.

Over the coming year, we want to continue to reduce the amount of waste and increase the amount of recycling at all our accommodations. But for this to happen, we need you to get involved and help us.

How can you help us recycle more?

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To make getting involved easy for you, you’ll find recycling and refuse bins throughout your accommodation to discard of your rubbish.

One of the most important things if you’re recycling, is to ensure that the item being discarded is put in the correct bin and that it can be recycled. If you put something non-recyclable into the recycling bin, it can contaminate the recycle bin and lead to the whole lot being rejected for recycling.

Before throwing packages in the bin to be recycled, you should also make sure that they are empty and have been rinsed out.

What can go in the recycling bins?

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Below are examples of what you can recycle. However, this may vary across our accommodations. For a full list of items, and the bins they must go in speak with your Host team at reception or pop down to the on-site bin store where more information will be displayed.

Paper and cardboard:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes or loose sheets of paper
  • Cardboard food containers or sleeves
  • Food cartons

Glass:

  • Food jars
  • Bottles

(Please do not put broken glass or lightbulbs in recycling bins.)

Plastic:

  • Bottles
  • Lids
  • Tubs and trays such as takeaway cartons

Aluminium and steel:

  • Drinks cans
  • Food cans
  • Aerosols
  • Bottle and jar lids

Other:

  • Batteries
  • Printer ink cartridges

It’s important that you follow the guidance for recycling as any bins which are contaminated, with even the small amount of the incorrect waste, will result in it all being sent to landfill. Plastic bags should not be put into any of the recycling containers as this also contaminates the bin. Instead, they should be put into the general refuse bin.


Keep an eye out for more information and tips on recycling and helping to protect the environment via our news page and on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

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