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Recycling Facilities

College Recycling Facilities

Reduction of waste and reuse of materials are the first steps that must be taken to ensure a sound environmental policy. Recycling is the last stage in the waste management hierarchy system.




For information specific to residents, visit residents of Trinity College.


Facilities are provided to facilitate the recycling of almost everthing. The major categories are the following:


The locations of recycling facilities on campus is available at recycling facilities map.

This link gives information & photos of the bins used to provide the service.




Waste Type
Responsible Company
Contact Details
Rehab via Greyhound
Irish Lamps
Cooking Oil    
Shredded Paper PULP, Shreddit, Rehab  




Standard system


In this system, bins located in offices are cleared by housekeeping. This waste goes to the general waste stream. In all indoor public areas such as hallways, theatres and libraries there are a range of bins for collection of general waste, recyclables and paper as appropriate. These are serviced by housekeeping at least once on a daily basis.In public locations, users have the option of disposing their waste to general, mixed recyclables or paper bins which are colour coded Black, Green and Blue respectively. It is policy that clear bags are used in the internal recycling bins and black bags in the internal general waste bins. Housekeeping service these bins regularly moving the bags to external wheelie bins. Material may be disposed of in these bins in bags or loose format. Residents also use these bins for their waste disposal. These bins are emptied daily, the material brought to their respective compactors and cardboard seperated and baled. The locations of the external wheelie bins can be seen on the Recycling map.



Bin-less office system


desktop recycling bin


This has been rolled out to a a small number of locations with plans to expand it in 2014. In this system, it is the responsibility of the office user to segregate their waste and bring it to the recycling bins near or in their office. There are options for Black, Green and Blue streams. Each office participating in the scheme is supplied with:


  • Desk trays: to be placed on individual desks for storing waste.

  • Landing bins: the desk trays are emptied into these when full.

The bags in the landing bins are then disposed of by Housekeeping Staff.




Paper, newsprint, brochures & magazines


Paper can be recycled via the recycling scheme currently in operation in most offices throughout College. All types of paper are suitable for recycling including all office paper (photocopy paper, letter head stationery, plain envelopes, coloured paper, notepads, fax paper and shredded paper), newspapers, magazines, phone books, brochures and catalogues. If recycling bins are not available due to space restraints, users can bring their waste materials to an external recycling bay nearby.

There is also facilities for secure shredding.


paper recycling sign


Did you KNOW! Paper:

  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 tonne of newspaper.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.


Dry Recyclables


what can i put in clear recycling bags(image credit to UCC).


Dry recyclables can be disposed of in the internal bins and in the green wheelie bins around College. Aluminium trays, washed food cans, drinks cans, plastics (bottles, cartons, wrapping),Tetra-Paks (washed juice & milk cartons), light cardboard (cereal packs), CDs & DVDs are all acceptable for recycling in these bins. Please empty and rinse all cans and containers before disposal.


Green recycling sign


Did you KNOW! Plastics:

  • An average family throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.
  • Plastic items which end up in our oceans kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

Did you KNOW! Aluminium:

  • €5,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year in Ireland.
  • 1 recycled aluminium can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.




Cardboard should be folded and flattened and placed in the wheelie bin marked "cardboard" or left beside any wheelie bin in College for collection before 12.00 noon Monday-Friday. All non-recyclable packaging that is not collected by the original suppliers should be placed in the bins for general waste.




Locations of facilities for recycling glass bottles & jars can be viewed on the Recycling map.


Glass recycling sign


Did you KNOW! Glass:

  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • Each Irish family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.


Equipment Packaging


Many suppliers will now take away their own packaging for recycling after delivery of products, this should, where possible, be a condition of purchase. It is worth checking this with the supplier at time of ordering.


Did you KNOW! Packaging:

  • On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as waste.
  • About one-third of an average landfill is made up of packaging material.


Computer packaging
All of the designated College computer suppliers are obliged to take away their packaging. This can be arranged by calling their customer services department when the packaging is ready for collection and arranging for it to be picked up.


Electrical & Electronic Equipment


Under the WEEE legislation the suppliers of new electrical & electronic items are obliged to accept for recycling on a like for like basis old items. The cost of this service is included in the purchase price as the PRF levy. Thus, when an item such as a fridge is delivered, by law the supplier must accept the old item when delivering the new one.

When disposing of items that have been used to collect and store sensitive data such as computers, data owners should be aware of their obligations under data protection regulations, regarding the safe removal of any college data stored on any equipment (pc, phone, removable media etc) prior to being sent for recycling. Please see relevant College Policy on ISS webpage :


Electrical & electronic equipment not collected under the terms of the WEEE legislation can be sent for recycling by contacting David Hackett or Aidan Byrne. Equipment that is still operational should be clearly marked as such as this equipment will be reused where possible and recycled otherwise.

The following forms must be filled out with asset details and the departmental Asset Register updated to reflect all disposal of equipment through this facility.

Click below for forms to be filled out for disposal of electronic equipment:


Unwanted computer equipment may be routed to a dublin charity called Camara.

Toners & Ink cartridges


There are bins for disposal of toners & ink cartridges at various locations throughout College including Arts Building, Civil Engineering Building, Chapel House, SNIAMS , East End 4 , Áras An Phiarsaigh, Hamilton and the O'Reilly Institute. These can normally be found at the attendant's desk. These locations can be viewed on the Recycling map. The proceeds raised through the recycling of toner and ink cartridges go to a charity - Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.




All types must be collected separately as they are classified as a hazardous material. They are stored for collection centrally by the Buildings Office in sealed containers. These containers are located at Buildings office, Pearse st, back of Arts and Goldsmith Hall.





Battery recycling boxes are available for all offices and buildings - please contact David Hackett at extension 1630 or for collections. There are external bins for disposal of batteries also at various locations throughout College including House 6, Arts Building, AAP, Buildings Office depot, SNIAMS , East End 4 and the Civil Engineering Building. These can normally be found at the attendant's desk. These locations can be viewed on the Recycling map.


Mobile phones


There is a bin available for the disposal of mobile phones for recycling in association with Oxfam in the Student's Union shop in House 6, Front Square. Mobiles can be sent to an irish charity called Jack and Jill.




There are two containers available for the disposal of waste timber for recycling, one at the Nassau St side of the cricket pitch near the Moyne building and a second at the Buildings Office lane, please contact the Buildings Office for more information on this service.




There is a skip at the rear of the Arts building for disposal of seperated metal items, please contact the Buildings Office for more information on this service.




A skip container for recycling organic waste is located at the rear of the Arts Building and also in Buildings lane. These are used by the Grounds Staff for recycling grass cuttings, hedge clippings and broken branches and other garden type organic material.

As is required by EU regulations facilities for the collection of organic materials are also in place at the catering building and other catering outlets on campus for the recycling of food waste. Currently there are brown bins for the collection of food waste and other organics located at these external locations: Catech, Arts, Moyne/cricket pitch, Pavilion Bar, LPG, Rugby pitch scoreboard, Science Gallery, Enterprise Centre, BioSciene basement, . There are plans to have more locations in 2014.


Compost recycling sign






Current legislation reuires that waste oils and fats from commercial facilities must be collected seperately. A few tonnes are collected from TCD annually to produce biofuels.




Construction Waste (CD GEN)


National legislation requires that all construction waste goes to the recycling stream. Building contractors on site manage their own skips and the buildings office use the metal, timber, organic and the misc items skip at LPG which are weighed by the TCD waste contractor.


photo of timber and garden waste skips





From September 2013, it is college policy to only use water based paints. Please bring paint wastes to the Buildings office or request a collection. Paint containers and equipment are dispoded of in the LPG skip.


Bulky wastes

Items such as office and residence furniture including broken chairs, desks, partitions, cabinets and matresses had historically been placed in the large skip for misc. wastes. Greater effort is being made to reuse some items and segregate the remainder.

Mattresses are now recycled under this new dublin scheme called eco-mattress.

Please enquire via your building facilities officer if there could be a requirement elsewhere for your unwanted furniture, before you consider dumping it.

Use freetradeireland to dispose of bulky waste for free.


Further Information:


For further details on any of the above contact David Hackett or Aidan Byrne.

Last updated: May 22 2014. | contact us | back to top |

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