Rubbish and Recycling

The rubbish and recycling systems for the houses and flats in High Kingsdown are different. See information about how to recycle if you live in the flats below the house info.

(End of year student waste chaos also below - and why overflowing bins must be reported as 'fly tipping')

Reporting-problems - police, pests, nuisance, garbage, etc

Collection: houses

High Kingsdown houses recycling and rubbish collections are made on a Friday between 7am and 2pm. Bins should be put out by 7.00 am.

Rubbish is collected from the walkways, but if you live near a main collection point, leaving it neatly at these points makes sure it is seen. Cardboard must be broken up and placed neatly by the side of the box.

We are very lucky in Bristol as most of our waste can be recycled. This means that less has to go to landfill or be incinerated. The small black boxes are for all your paper, glass and batteries, The small green box is for most of your plastic, all your tins, cans and metal lids and all your cardboard and cartons including tetrapacs. The small brown bins are for food waste of any kind. You can buy biodegradeable bags to put inside a kitchen caddy in your kitchen and when that is partially full put this into the brown bin. If you don't have any of these bins they can be ordered online from the council website. Here is a link to Bristol Councils website: What goes in your bins and boxes

The large black wheelie bin is for non-recylable waste, which gets collected only alternate weeks. It should be put out by 6.00 a.m.

Main collection points are: Little Paul Street, Alfred Place, Portland Street, Paul Street, St Michaels Hill from Myrtle Road to Paul Street and the entrance to High Kingsdown at Clarence Place. There is also a mini recycling Centre on Little Paul Street, the Flats have their own recycling centre near the end of Oxford Street.

Please do not leave bins or boxes in the lanes after collection - take them back into your garden.

Collection: flats - not the same!

The system for the flats is different. The categories are different. There is a big Waste Area, which can get dirty. It is really important to try to keep it clean.

It makes sense to sort your rubbish before you carry it down from your flat to the rubbish area. Especially cardboard, best flattened in your apartment.

There are the following 6 categories:

  1. Unsortable waste, which must be wrapped in black bags (obtainable from the Co-op) before being put in the lockable storage building within the collection area. [collection: Tuesday, Friday]

  2. Bottles, rinsed [collection: Thursday]

  3. Cans and plastic containers (nothing black) {collection: Thursday]

  4. Food waste, only bio-degradable material, which goes in biodegradable bags (obtainable from the Co-op) [collection: Thursday]

  5. Cardboard - all cardboard must be flattened [collection: Thursday]

  6. Paper & newspaper [collection: Thursday]

In other words: recyclable are collected on Thursday, non-recyclables on Tuesday and Friday.

It is anti-social to dump waste beside collection bins. Please do not dump black bags, or indeed any bags, outside the waste containers.

Timur the Great

The waste area has a combination lock, using the starting date of Timur the Great's reign. Timur was the 2nd greatest imperial killer in history, after Genghiz Khan. If you don't know the date his reign started, look it up in wikipedia. The date is preceded by a C and followed by a Y.

Fly Tipping, overflowing bins, end-of-year student chaos

To deal with the moving-out crisis, the Universities pay for additional waste collections by Bristol Waste, this is a specialist team not the regular waste team working in High Kingsdown on Fridays. In addition the University’s own team have also been collecting waste in the area.

It can take a little time for the teams to get to all areas – annually the University makes provision for these waste collections in partnership with the City Council during the moving out period.

In 2021 the volume of garbage in the flats' waste area was so overwhelming that Bristol Waste was failing to collect the non-recyclable waste in the flats' waste dump inner store area, due to inability to get access, and was leaving large green bins in the street. After the flats cleaner cleaned the waste dump, and moved dumped stuff from the street into the waste dump, Bristol Waste came and removed the non-recyclable waste from the large aluminium bins. However Bristol Waste left a lot of supposedly 'fly tipped' bags, electrical equipment, supermarket trolleys, etc at the back of the waste area. We then called Junk Busters, which we have to pay for. This may have been unnecessary - we don't know what would have happened if the rubbish had not been collected by Junk Busters. Would it have been collected by the Council? We don't know. Counterfactuals are difficult.

Please try not to make the bins overflow

Unfortunately the regular collection crews are told not to touch any overflowing bins. So it has to be reported and collected separately - which obviously makes sense to someone somewhere. Overflowing bins get included in fly tipping - crazy but true!!

Missed collections:

Need to be reported before 5.00 on the day it is missed. 0117 922 2100

Dumping large objects in the rubbish area is highly anti-social.

It is not the job of the Management Company (Hillcrest) to dispose of dumped objects. That's not how it works. Instead, Hillcrest call The Junk Busters at £150 per collection. That is paid by the flat owners, i.e., by us collectively.

Fly tipping should be reported to

How to dispose of large objects?

Book a bulky household item collection on the Council's website.

The charity shop on St Michael's Hill takes almost anything, and the Compass Project on Gloucester Road will collect furniture they can sell: 0117 956 8873 Email: Marie Curie will collect anything they can sell Or try one of below, the council charge a small amount to take away bulky items but will take away several for the same price.

The SOFA Project Tel: 0117 954 3567

Donate your unwanted furniture and electrical appliances to help those on benefits or low incomes furnish their homes - and keep reusable items out of landfill! The charitable organisation also provides work experience for unemployed people.

Freecycle or

Freecycle is a web-based network for giving away and acquiring stuff for free, including furniture, clothes, garden equipment... in fact, just about anything you think someone else might have a use for! The advantages of this network are that you can even get rid of items that aren't in great condition, and that you can arrange for the 'taker' to collect from you for free.

Bristol City Council Neighbourhood and Housing Services

Tel: 0117 922 3838

Phone the Neighbourhood and Housing Services customer service centre (or visit the Council's website) for advice on rubbish and recycling collections, including special collection of bulky items.

Bristol Council

Street Sweeping 0117 922 2100

Recycling 0117 903 1221

Refuse Collection 0117 922 2100

Collection of Bulky Items 0117 922 2100

Reporting Abandoned Vehicles 0117 222 2100

Timur the Great - the dates of his reign hold the key to the flats' Waste Area.

He is watching you to make sure you sort your waste

1.Unsortable waste in black bags (turn knob anticlockwise)

2. Bottles, rinsed

3. Cans and plastic containers (nothing black)

4. Food Waste (biodegradable)

5. Cardboard (flatten in your apartment first)

6. Paper and newspapers