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Waste information and guidance for student households

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

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

To keep your neighbourhood clean, please remember:

  1. It's the responsibility of your landlord or managing agent to remove any waste that was left behind and not produced by you. Your black and green bins are provided for your day-to-day household waste. We limit the number of black bins a household can have to encourage recycling and minimise waste.
  2. We only collect rubbish that is inside your 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.

  3. 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; otherwise the recycling centres can take up to 8 bags per year per household if you book it in beforehand on 0345 1551010.

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