How to contact us

Postal address:

Sustainability Team

LSE Estates Division
Houghton Street

Visiting address:

Sustainability Team
LSE Estates Division
1 Kingsway

Maps and directions

See Contact us for more details 

Recycling Stations

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Paper Recycling (blue): Office and coloured paper, envelopes, magazines, newspapers, light card packaging and folders (no need to remove staples and sellotape).

Cardboard Boxes: should be flattened and placed neatly next to a Communal Recycling Station and away from corridors or fire escape areas.

Mixed Recycling (green): All plastics types (1 to 6), metals, glass, coated paper and juice cartons. Please drain liquids in the sink or 180L Communal Recycling Station.

Food Compost (brown): All food and biodegradable waste accepted: coffee grounds and tea bags, fruit and vegetables, cooked and processed products including bread, cakes, puddings, pasta and rice, meat, poultry, fish, eggs; tissues and blue roll, wooden stirrers; horticultural waste: soil, flowers, plants and leaves; biodegradable packaging.

Non-recyclables (grey): Crisp packets, gum, chocolate wrappers and polystyrene cups and packaging.

Liquids (180L Mixed Recycling or in the sink): 180L Mixed Recycling bins now have a liquids drain where dregs can be poured before recycling the container. This reduces contamination of recyclables and helps to maintain a clean environment. You can also drain liquids from beverages or food in the sink.

Special recycling

Special provision is provided to help members of the LSE community recycle additional items that require special treatment. It is important that these are separated from the recycling and general waste streams. They are as follows.

Confidential waste

Please note that confidential waste is now stored in reuseable blue hessian sacks instead of orange plastic bags. If you have orange plastic bags in stock please return these to the Sustainability Team, 4th floor Tower 1 and request delivery and collection of new bags by LSE Porters .

Confidential paper

Staff Instructions for Confidential Waste

  • Confirm need for confidential disposal with Department Manager if uncertain, check the guidelines below.
  • Request confidential blue sacks and safety tags from LSE Porters.
  • Remove confidential paper from folders or binders (please reuse or recycle these).
  • Fill confidential sacks at 60% capacity and use safety tag provided to tie sack – please do not overfill to respect Health and Safety lifting guidelines.
  • Request collection from LSE Porters and return unused sacks and safety tags.
  • Please only place confidential paper in the sacks provided and recycle/reuse non-confidential paper and holding stationery (such as binders and folders). For digital confidential material (such as videos, USBs, cassettes, CDs/DVDs) please contact IMT to dispose of safely.

Guidelines for confidential disposal

Confidential Paper is defined as paper containing information that is produced and kept with a view to being seen by relevant persons only, such as a line manager, representative of Human Resources Division or counsellor. It includes but is not limited to:

  • Personal contact information
  • Sensitive reports and data
  • Student and Staff signatures, picture or private information
  • Bank statements and invoices

For any enquiries about confidential disposal please contact Rachael Maguire in the LSE Legal and Compliance Team at or call 020 7849 4622.


Battery collection points:

  • SU reception and SU Shop, East Building
  • Security desk and SU Shop, New Academic Building
  • Main reception, Old Building
  • Estates Division reception, New Court
  • Security desk, Tower Three
  • Security desk, St-Clements 
  • Lobby, Library
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence

Mobile phones

Mobile phone collection points:

  • SU reception and SU Shop, East Building
  • Lobby, Library
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence

Toner and inkjet cartridges

Toner and ink jet cartridge collection points:

  • SU reception, East Building
  • Lobby, Library
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence
  • Staff can request collection of ink and toner cartridges from LSE Porters to LSE Reprographics Unit

Toner and laserjet cartridges

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

CD and DVD

CDs and DVDs collection points:

  • SU reception, East Building
  • Lobby, Library
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence
  • Staff can send non confidential CDs and DVDs via internal mail to the Sustainability Team in NCT or contact their IT User Support Team for disposal of any confidential media storage devices (CDs and DVDs, USBs, video and audio tapes, etc.)


Clipped with a 1cm margin; stamp collection points:

  • SU reception, East Building
  • Lobby, Library
  • Receptions, LSE halls of residence
  • Post room, Kings Chambers - KGS G.03
  • Staff can use internal mail to send stamps to the Post room, Kings Chambers - KGS G.03

This year stamps are being sent to Help for Heroes.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

WEEE includes anything with a plug or battery – ranging from computer monitors and printers to lamps and MP3 players. By separating WEEE from other waste, the hazardous substances it contains can be removed and a large amount of other materials can be recycled rather than sent to landfill. Drop off WEEE items at:

  • SU reception, East Building
  • Receptions, LSE Halls of Residence
  • Staff should liaise with their IT User Support Team for disposal of IT equipment and can request collection from LSE Porters for all other WEEE equipment.

Other waste types

If unsure of how to dispose of certain types of waste please email with a description.

Frequently Asked Questions

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