Moving out soon?

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Moving out of your accommodation over the next few weeks? We know that it can be stressful, so we’ve pulled together some top-tips to help you sort, move and recycle your stuff!

Before you start

Source some large bags or cardboard boxes – and a Sharpie for labelling. Your local supermarket should be able to give you some boxes if you ask (or just scan the shelves for empties. And have snacks at the ready – consider it fuel!

Make sure you check the bin collection dates: Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

On the day

Crack out a good playlist to keep you motivated and pace yourself. Focus on one room at a time. You’ll see progress quicker that way too!

When clearing out your stuff think:

  • What do I want to keep? Bag it.
  • What do I want to donate or sell? Pass it on.
  • What am I going to recycle? Sort it.
  • What do I need to dispose of? Bin it.

Donating or selling

Want to shift some clothes, books or kitchen stuff you don’t think you want to keep? Give it to your local charity shop or one of the British Heart Foundation donation banks across Bristol – your junk could be someone else’s treasure!

If you want to sell or give items away online try Freecycle, Gumtree, eBay, Depop, Vinted or Facebook Marketplace and local groups.

And don’t forget about The Bristol Big Give. The Bristol Big Give is an annual campaign helping students to get rid of quality unwanted, reusable items while helping to raise vital cash for charity.


It can be tempting to just chuck what you don’t want in the bin, rather than recycle. But every time you choose recycling over rubbish, you’re doing your bit for the planet!

Cardboard, paper, glass, cans/tins and plastic can all be recycled ‘kerbside’ – so drag your boxes up to your front door and chuck in as much as you can (remembering to sort it as per your local council’s instructions and collection dates!)

Non-recyclable waste

Remember, anything that goes in your black bin goes into landfill or incineration, so the less in your black but the better!

But if you do have to get rid of stuff, non-recyclable waste should go back in your black bin only and must fit in the bin itself eg. the lid must close. Fly tipping (dumping of waste) is illegal and can incur a fine of up to £50,000.

That’s a pricey clear out!

More waste than you can handle?

If you have large items to dispose of, or more waste than will fit in your black bin you have two options:

This year thanks to the Students on the move ccccccampaign, you only need to provide your student ID at the Bristol centres. You may be asked for ID to prove that you live in the local area for South Gloucestershire.

Happy sorting!

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