Moving out this summer?

Text: Moving out. Remember to be a good neighbour. Reduce, re-use, recycle before you leave.

Do you live off campus and are about to move out of your house? Then check out this guide with advice to make your life easier, and find out about the door-to-door collection service taking place on Tuesday 30 May.

Plan your move

Reading Students’ Union  has lots of advice for students moving out of their homes, including how to pay final bills and ensure you get your housing deposit back.

Recycling bins

Don’t chuck things that can’t be recycled in your recycling bins. That’s a no to glass bottles and jars, plastic bags, clothes and textiles, polystyrene, or food waste. And don’t put recycling in black bin bags as the refuse crews won’t collect. Excess waste If your bin lid doesn’t close, or you pile bin liners full of waste next to your bins, it will not be collected. Take excess waste to the re3 Household Waste and Recycling Centre. And please make sure your front garden is left clean and bins aren’t left on the pavement.

Glass and textiles

Glass bottles and jars need to be taken to your nearest glass recycling bank, on Erleigh Road (by the Pharmacy or Monkey Lounge) or at Palmer Park. There are also recycling points for textiles and shoes at most glass bank locations. Check the Recycling Bank Locator for information.

Reusable items

If you have items which could be rehomed or reused, please donate them at your local charity shop. Unwanted furniture or electrical items can be collected, free of charge, by the British Heart Foundation. Bulky waste If you need to dispose of large items, such as electrical appliances or furniture that are too big for your bins, please take it to the re3 Recycling Centre, or organise for it to be collected by the council.


If you have any unopened food items within their best before date, donate them to the Whitley Community Development Association Food Surplus Project.

Door-to-door collection of small furniture items 
The University has teamed up with CCA to provide a door-to-door collection service of small furniture items on Tuesday 30 May, 10:30 – 15:30. 

CCA are able to collect the following items:

  • Kitchenware and crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Electrical items:
    • Microwaves
    • Tabletop ovens
    • Lamps
    • Other small electricals
  • Bedside cabinets
  • Coffee tables
  • Other small furniture items

Please have your bags ready to be collected, you do not have to be present, just leave your bags clearly labelled outside your house. Thank you for your kind donation!

All items will first go to an “Action and Support Centre” where they will be made into “Kitchen Packs” to be given to people in crisis to help give them a fresh start in their new accommodation.

Collections will take place at the following roads:

  • Foxhill Road
  • Cardigan Gardens
  • Cardigan Road
  • Addington Road
  • Blenheim Gardens
  • Hatherley Road
  • Donnington Gardens
  • Donnington Road
  • Blenheim Road
  • De Beauvoir Road
  • Carnarvon Road
  • Junction Road
  • Erleigh Road
  • Grange Avenue
  • Norris Road
  • St Edwards Road 
  • Bishops Road
  • Pitcroft Avenue

If you do not live on these streets or in private accommodation we will be holding a donation point in Reading Students’ Union, Mondial on Thursday 1 June, 10:00-16:00.

Students don’t need to be present they can leave bags clearly labelled by the door.

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