Learn how to recycle effectively

Brush up on what can and can't be recycled at the University by learning more about University recycling bins and the City of Edinburgh Council's recycling bins.

Recycling bins: paper and card, dry recycling, other/food. Cute illustration with mouse and trees growing out of the bins

Recycling bins

Where to recycle unusual items

If you’re not sure where to dispose of something, search this page for the item to find out. If you are unsure, contact the Waste Office (secured).

Staff in various locations across the University have set up their own TerraCycle recycling points. When the bins are full, the staff either take the contents to a designated collection point in the city or post the contents to TerraCycle.

TerraCycle bin locations by item type

Find out exactly which programmes exist on the TerraCycle website [external link]

Do you know about another TerraCycle recycling point that we've not named above? Email us at

Find out how to set up your own TerraCycle point

Lab waste

Lab-specific recycling