Waste and recycling

Photographs of sustainable initiatives around the LSE campus

The School has a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ policy:   This is achieved by working together with students, staff, visitors and contractors, to follow the ‘waste hierarchy’ – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.



Everyone is responsible for separating their own waste into the correct bin. Individual desk bins will not be emptied by the cleaners. 

Bin clusters are located around campus, in shared areas in halls of residence, and kitchen areas in offices. See below:


For more information on waste and recycling at LSE, visit  the LSE Sustainability webpages. To report any issues with waste collection, please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on ext 2444, or complete a service request form


If you have reusable items that you no longer want, please contact the Sustainability team to arrange for the items to be picked up and reused across campus.  Personal items for reuse should be taken to charities of your choice and not disposed of on campus, with the exception of textiles and shoes.

Staff and students can now donate their clothing and shoes to charity by using the textile bin in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (1st floor).

LSE runs a charity book donation scheme.  To give books please arrange collection by contacting LSE Porters, email estates.porters@lse.ac.uk  





Removal of and requests for additional or replacement furniture can be requested by staff members only.  To place a request, contact the Help Desk x1160 or use the furniture request form.  

Office Supplies
The Sustainability team stores a limited amount of office supplies in good condition for reuse.  To request or donate items please contact us.

To request reusable internal envelopes from the Postroom email postal.enquiries@lse.ac.uk

Halls of Residence
All LSE-managed halls of residence have collection points for unwanted reusable items, known as ‘Relove’ points.
'Reloved’ items are either donated to charity, or sold at low cost to students moving into LSE halls in the next academic year.

Accepted items: 

Clothes, shoes and bedding (not duvets)
Books and stationery
Kitchen equipment (cutlery accepted but no sharps)
Toiletries and cleaning products


Prevents unnecessary waste.
Help students buy low-cost items when moving into halls.
Helps charities working with vulnerable groups in London and around the world.
Funds raised go towards environmental projects on campus.

To find out more about reuse in residences

Get involved in Sustainable LSE

We are looking for staff and students who want to gain practical experience in sustainability and in doing so assist the School to improve its environmental performance.

Get involved with:

  • Roof gardening.
  • Beekeeping
  • Green Impact, a scheme to help staff take practical action to green up their offices
  • Propose changes or new sustainable projects for the Team to consider
  • Visit the LSE Sustainability webpages to find out more. 
  • Join the debate at our blog: blogs.lse.ac.uk/sustainability
  • Follow us on Twitter: @SustainableLSE
  • Find us on Facebook: Sustainability at LSE
Other Waste Streams

The following items cannot be disposed of in the normal waste bins around campus. They must instead be taken to special collection points around campus, (locations indicated on the map).

Confidential waste
Contact LSE Porters for hessian sacks with security tags.
When they are two-thirds full, contact the Porters to arrange for their collection.  Open sacks must be locked overnight in a cupboard or secure bin.

Electronic and electrical items
Any waste with a battery or plug:

Students should take items to either:

  • The Students’ Union reception
  • Halls of residence receptions

Staff must dispose of LSE IT equipment by contacting IMT.

Staff can contact the Porters to arrange collection of other electrical and electronic items. 

It is unlawful to send Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (also known as ‘WEEE’) to landfill, to prevent toxic materials seeping into the land. 

The School uses a company that reuses and recycles these items and their component parts, so nothing is wasted.  Find more information on waste and recycling at LSE.

To report any issues with waste collection, please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on ext 2444, or complete a Service Request Form.


Special Waste Collection Points

Batteries / Mobile phones

  • Reception, SAW Student Centre
  • Security desk, New Academic Building  
  • Main reception, Old Building  
  • Estates Division reception, 1 Kingsway  
  • Security desk, Tower Three  
  • 8th floor, Connaught House
  • 3rd floor, New Academic Building
  • Ground floor desk, Library
  • Reception, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence

Toner and ink jet cartridges

  • Reception, SAW
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence

Staff can request collection of ink and toner cartridges by LSE Porters.

Printer toners and laserjet cartridges only

  • LSE Reprographics Unit, Old Building room OLD G.28


  • Reception, SAW
  • Lobby, Library
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence

Staff can contact Estates Helpdesk to dispose of confidential media storage devices (CDs and DVDs, USBs, video and audio tapes, etc.)


  • Reception, SAW
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence
  • Post room, Kings Chambers - KGS55

Staff can use internal mail to send stamps to the Post room, Kings Chambers - KGS55

Campus map indicating recycling points2015 Waste map