Waste and recycling

We are all responsible for the waste we create. Please use the correct bin and recycle as much as possible.

At LSE, we follow the ‘waste hierarchy’ of options to minimise the environmental impacts of our waste. 

Waste hierarchyEveryday recycling at LSE



What goes in what bin at LSE?

Dry mixed recycling - Green bin

  • Plastic bottles  
  • Paper and card  
  • Drink cans and food tins  
  • Glass  
  • Drink and food cartons  
  • NO coffee cups, liquids, food, tissues  

Paper recycling - Blue bin

  • Paper and card  

If there is no blue bin, please use the green mixed recycling bin.

Food waste - Brown bin

  • Any food scraps (fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread…)
  • Teabags  
  • Coffee grounds
  • NO packaging  

Non-recyclables - Black bin

  • Plastic film and wrap  
  • Crisp packets  
  • Polystyrene  
  • Tissues  


Cardboard should be flattened and left by any group of bins found inside. 

Student Facilities Guide waste map

Special Waste



See the campus map above for where to recycle batteries.


LSE donates books to Better World Books who donate money and books to their non-profit literary partners. To find out more click here.

Books must be

  • in good condition;
  • not mouldy/dirty;
  • in English, Spanish, French, German or Russian;
  • in a Better World Book box

No journals or serial publications are accepted.

The full list of accepted books can be found here.

How to donate Books at LSE

  • Request Better World Book boxes from the Porters (Portering - choose the option ‘Provide Book Donation boxes’ in the description)
  • Fill the boxes to capacity and seal them

Request for the Porters to collect the boxes 


Confidential Waste

What counts as confidential waste?

Papers with

  • Personal information – names, addresses, contact numbers
  • Financial information
  • Contracts

Not confidential? Then put the papers into your nearest Paper or Dry Mixed Recycling Bin.

How to dispose of confidential waste at LSE

  • Complete a porter request form for confidential waste bags. Choose the ‘deliver confidential waste bags’ option.
  • Close the bags once the bags are two-thirds full
  • Complete the porter request form for the bags to be collected by the porters, by choosing the ‘collect confidential waste’ option on the form. Remember sacks must be locked overnight in a cupboard or in a secure bin. 

Clothes (and other charity shop donation items)

There is a British Heart Foundation donation box on the first floor of SAW (SU) as well as in each LSE-managed halls of residence.

Items accepted (if in good condition):

  • Clothing
  • Textiles
  • Shoes
  • Handbags
  • Crockery
  • CDs/DVDs

Coffee cups

Look out for the orange bins on campus to recycle your coffee cups.

Pour out any remaining liquid, separate the lid from the cup and place them in their respective compartments.

If you can’t find an orange bin then put your coffee cup into the non-recyclable bin. 

Electronic waste

Does the electrical equipment have a red barcode? If so, please contact DTS in the first instance.

Personal mobile phones and other electronics can be recycled at the reception of the Saw Swee Hock (SU) and other locations across campus (see map above).

Finally, for (big) electrical items, toner, laserjet and inkjet cartridges, these can all be collected by the porters. Choose the option ‘collect WEEE for disposal’ on the Porter request form


If you are unsure about an item or to report any issues with waste collection, please contact Sustainability.Team@lse.ac.uk

Find out more about LSE’s approach to Waste and Resources management