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Recycling in flats

Mini recycling centres for blocks of flats

What is a mini recycling centre, what properties can get one, how to ask for one.

Mini recycling centres (MRCs) are made up of a set of large bins.

You can usually find them in:

  • blocks of flats that have 15 or more individual flats
  • households of multiple occupancy (HMOs) that have 15 or more bed spaces

Ask for an MRC for your block or HMO

We can install an MRC free of charge.

We don’t install MRCs in blocks with less that 15 flats or HMOs with less than 15 bed spaces.

You can request an MRC if

  • your’re the Agent/Landlord/Owner
  • you have Agent/Landlord/Owner details

Agent/Landlord/Owner will be responsible for the presentation and for the bin storage area cleanliness.

We've changed the way you access some of our online forms

You need to create an account and sign in to use our bin, recycling and some street issue online forms. When you sign in you’ll be able to:

  • submit a form
  • check the progress of your reports, orders and referrals
  • look at past communications with us, such as forms you've submitted, phone calls or emails

This account will be separate from other accounts you may already have with us. You can use the same email address that you use for other accounts.
We are fixing some recently identified accessibility issues with bins, recycling and street issue forms. If you experience difficulties, use our bins and recycling contact form instead. 

Ask for a Mini Recycling Centre

What happens next

We’ll add your request to the MRC request list. When your request reaches the top of the list, we’ll contact you to arrange a visit to the property, to see if we can install an MRC there.

We aim to do a visit within a few weeks of getting your request. However, there are over 100 sites asking for an MRC at the moment, so it might take us longer to do the visit.

If the property is suitable, we’ll install an MRC within four weeks of the visit.

What you can and can’t recycle in your MRC

You can recycle:

  • cans: drinks cans, food tins, clean foil, aerosols (remove lids)
  • cardboard: boxes such as cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard and brown envelopes
  • food waste: all cooked and uncooked food, peelings, tea bags, eggshells, meat and fish bones
  • glass: glass bottles, glass jars; rinse out and place the lids with your cans
  • paper: newspapers, magazines, directories, catalogues, envelopes, junk mail, leaflets, yellow pages
  • plastic: bottle tops, bottles, pots and tubs, take-way containers, food trays

Tetra Paks go into the cardboard bin. 

No black plastic, carrier bags and bin liners, hard plastics.

You can’t recycle:

  • cellophane, cling film and bubble wrap
  • crisp packets and wrappers
  • drinking glasses
  • flower pots
  • household waste
  • light bulbs
  • window glass
  • packing tape
  • polystyrene
  • pyrex or china
  • bulky waste, for example furniture or large appliances

If you have large items to recycle, call our customer services centre on 0117 922 2100 or visit our bulky waste collection page to book a collection.

Schools and educational establishments

Schools and educational establishments on our refuse collection scheme may be eligible to get mini recycling centre bins.

For more information contact our waste officers.

Report a missed collection of the communal recycling bin (MRC)

To report a missed collection for an MRC, ring us on 0117 922 2100.