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Recycling and waste disposal for students

Every year, tonnes of waste gets left on Leicester’s streets, much of which could be donated, recycled or reused. When you move out this summer, it's easy to do it the right way.

Further information

What can I donate?

  • Clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories
  • Books
  • Computer games, CDs and DVDs
  • Electrical items
  • Crockery, cookware and homeware
  • No – duvets, pillows, food, knives, hangers, dirty/damaged items.

Where can I donate?

Items can be taken to British Heart Foundation donation banks, which will be situated at the following locations between approximately 13 May until 20 September 2019. Please place items in tied bags. 

Clarendon Park area

  • Queens Road - Bank located at the top of Queens road, on the corner of Victoria Park Road, opposite the park entrance.
  • Welford Road - Bank located at the end of Thurlow Road, where it reaches Welford Road.
  • Howard Road - Bank located on the corner of Howard Road and Adderley Road.

Westcotes area

  • Briton Street - Bank located at the end of Briton Street before the pedestrian bridge to enter Bede Park.
  • Narborough Road - Bank located on Narborough Road, outside Westcotes Library.

Spinney Hills area

  • Evington Place - Bank located on Evington Place, next to Evington Road One Stop.


  • Jarrom Street - Bank located on the corner of Jarrom Street and Havelock street.


Recycling with orange bags/bins

You can put out as many orange bags as you can fill with recycling, on the same collection day as your black bins. If you’re getting rid of lots of recyclables such as old lecture notes or a collection of glass bottles, you can order more bags online. Larger properties with a coloured bin for recycling don’t need bags – just use your bin for loose recycling.

Need to visit a recycling centre?

There are two recycling centres in Leicester and both are open every day from 8am until 8pm throughout summer. Once you’ve packed, it’s much easier to do the tip run first, and then load the car of everything you’re taking home.

If you have reusable items to dispose of, Gypsum Close also has a reuse shop where you can take donations. If you will be using a van, you will need to order a permit in advance. Further information about applying for this type of permit can be found on the recycling centres page.

Don’t have a car, but have rubbish or unwanted items that won't fit in your bin?

We can collect up to five items or bags of waste for free, and additional items can be taken for a small charge.

Please be aware that any waste not in your black bin and not booked for a bulky waste collection will not be collected but may result in a fine or prosecution for fly-tipping. You can book a free bulky waste collection online.

Tips to help you avoid a fine or landlord charge

  • Do not leave your bin or any (un-booked) waste on pavements or highways when you move out – this could result in a fine from the council of £400.
  • If you leave waste inside the property or in the garden/yard area you may lose some of your deposit to pay for its removal.
  • If your landlord fly-tips the waste you’ve left behind, you may be investigated for fly-tipping, so we always recommend you dispose of your waste yourself.
  • When you leave, your bin should be left on the property. Check your contract or ask your landlord about whether you can leave waste in your bin when you leave. 

If you’re still unsure about what to do with your waste when you move out, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.