Bin the Bin!

Since August 2015, as part of an approved University Sustainability Initiative, Facilities have been running a new ‘Bin the Bin’ campaign. This involves centralised waste recycling points being installed across all University buildings and the waste bins located by individual’s desks being removed. This introduction intends to help us as a University maximise the amount of Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) we produce whilst reducing the proportion of waste we send to landfill (which currently stands at almost 600 Tonnes per year through general waste bins across the University Estate).

You will not be required to do anything except place your items in the correct waste bin, choosing between landfill waste or DMR. Please ensure that you use these bins correctly as any contamination of DMR will result in the whole bin having to be disposed of as landfill: this includes any contamination from non-recyclable materials or unclean recyclable materials.

Information detailing acceptable DMR waste can be found below, along with FAQs.

What is "bin the bin"?

Bin the Bin is a new initiative by Aberystwyth University, designed to reduce the amount of general waste that we send to landfill.

What does "bin the bin" involve?

Bin the Bin involves each desk’s waste bin being removed and being replaced by a centralised bin, which offers the disposal of both general waste and dry mixed recycling (DMR).

Why has "bin the bin" been introduced?

The Bin the Bin scheme provides a range of benefits to the University as a whole and the wider world.

Firstly, we as a University have a commitment to take responsibility of our waste and to ensure that our disposal of this is as conscientious as possible. By introducing a DMR stream into each office, we are increasing the amount of waste that we recycle, which is a key factor in sustainability, whilst reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill. This scheme will also dramatically reduce the number of plastic bags that we buy and throw away.

Secondly, we are committed to investing in our students and investing in all of our futures: this involves investing in our environment. By introducing this scheme we are setting a good example to our students and to other universities that we are mindful of how we use and dispose of valuable resources.

Where will the new bins be?

The new bins will be placed in a centralised location within every open plan office, or along a corridor for buildings with a number of single-desk offices.

What will the new bins look like?

Both the general waste and DMR bins are available in 85 and 100 litre sizes. You can choose which size and style you prefer depending on your office set up and requirements.

There are three styles to choose from: the 100 ltr Envirobin, the Nexus 100 and the Eco Nexus 85.


What can go in the bins?

You will have received guidance on what is and is not acceptable for disposal in the DMR.

DMR Bin:

  • All forms of paper.
  • Card and cardboard.
  • Steel and aluminium cans.
  • Plastic bottles.
  • Plastic films.
  • Hard plastic including food containers.
  • Please ensure all materials are clean and dry.

Plastics with codes 1 - 6 are accepted.

General Waste Bin:

  • Non-recyclable office waste e.g. crisp packets.
  • Please use the correct waste stream for each item of rubbish. Contamination of DMR will result in the whole bin having to be disposed of as general waste to landfill.

Food Waste:

We aim to eventually introduce food waste bins to offices and student accommodation. Please see 'Are there any food waste facilities?' below.

Please dispose of your glass, hazardous, chemical and confidential waste as normal. Please ensure that only documents that involve data, personal or sensitive information are disposed of as confidential waste.


Are there any food waste facilities?

At present, due to disposal procedures, there are no University-wide food waste facilities available. However,some offices have made their own ad hoc arrangements which are free to do also.

We hope to introduce a food waste stream into all offices in the future. If you would like to register your interest this,please contact

Other waste streams

Glass: Glass bottles and jars need to be recycled. Recycling facilities are available in the Underpass next to Cledwyn.

Batteries: Please do not place batteries in general waste. Recycling facilities are available, for example, in the foyer of Hugh Owen Library. Additional locations for battery recycling will be available soon.

Confidential waste: Please ensure that only documents that involve data, personal or sensitive information are disposed of as confidential waste. Please use office shredders as much as you can and only use the confidential waste bags when disposing of large quantities of confidential documents.

How often will these bins be emptied?

All bins will be checked daily and emptied if required. Bins with high usage can be emptied twice daily.

Who is in charge of emptying the bins?

The cleaners will continue to empty the bins as normal, but a significant amount of their valuable time and resources will be saved by only having to empty one centralised bin per day, compared to emptying every bin at every desk in every office in the University.

What will I have to do?

You will not have to do anything apart from segregate your waste into general and dry mixed recycling when you get to the bin.

What will happen to my old bin?

These will be used to replace the waste bins in student accommodation which are no longer fit for purpose. This will prevent us from having to buy approximately 200 new waste bins every year.

Office bins that cannot be reused will be recycled as scrap metal.

Can I keep my bin and empty it myself?

No: Each individual’s bin will be removed although some exceptions can be made for labs or for those with mobility issues. Other institutions have found that those who kept their own bin did not segregate their waste when emptying it into the centralised waste bin. This defeated the whole aim of the scheme of reducing general waste and increasing DMR.

What other changes are happening in the University?

The University is improving and updating all of its waste disposal streams wherever possible. Waste bins are being replaced by general waste and DMR bins in all offices, lecture theatres and meeting rooms.

In addition to this, Fferm Penglais is going to be the first ever student accommodation, not only in the University, but in the whole of Wales, to offer a food waste stream. We endeavour to roll this out to all student accommodations in due course, but until this can happen, individual houses or flats can choose to ‘opt in’ to a food waste bin.

As well as this, a number of external rubbish bins around the University will be replaced with a dual stream bin offering both general waste and DMR options.

What do I do if I have a query or issue?

We greatly appreciate your support and value your feedback throughout this whole process. If you have any questions or queries, please email

What can be put into DMR?

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Computer paper / printouts




Thermal paper (shiny) receipts

Bubble pack envelopes

Confidential waste

Rolls of labels


Carboard boxes - flattened

Corregated card

Greetings cards

Foil-backed card

Plastic bottles - including lids

Yoghurt pots

Food trays

Tetrapaks/drinks cartons

Plastic bags

Shrink/bubble wrap


Plastic strapping

Cable ties

Black bin bags


Steel and aluminium food and drinks cans

Aluminium foil

Aerosol cans

Wire / cable



Food waste




If you have any questions or comments, please contact