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Waste information and guidance for landlords

The start of the autumn term often sees an increased number of waste-related problems in Exeter. Many student households in rental properties have problems as previous occupants or builders have left waste behind over summer.

The following information on waste collection policies may help you and your tenants if they have a problem with rubbish.

To help keep Exeter clean, please remember:

  1. It is your responsibility as a landlord or managing agent to remove any rubbish left behind and not produced by new tenants.
  2. We will communicate with student households to let them know they are not responsible for rubbish that is not theirs. The black and green bins provided are for their day-to-day household waste.
  3. We only collect rubbish that is inside a black bin with the lid closed. We will not collect rubbish put beside a bin, on top of a closed bin, or in an overfilled bin so the lid can't be closed. 

If you have extra rubbish, you must arrange for its removal yourself. This includes any rubbish within the boundary of your property, which may attract vermin or become a nuisance.

We offer a special waste collection service.

Households that overfill their black bin are often not aware what can be recycled in Exeter or do not recycle everything they can.

In Exeter, you can put the following items in your green bin:

  • Tins
  • Cans
  • Foil
  • Plastic packaging (bottles with lids, tubs, pots, trays, film)
  • Cardboard and paper (except wrapping paper)

See our recycling pages for more information.

You can put out as much recycling as you like as long as it's in bags beside the green bin.

Thank you for your help keeping Exeter tidy. If you need any further advice, please contact us on


When this content has been updated

Last updated 13 May 2019