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Green recycling bin

Due to Monday May 27 being a Bank Holiday, there are some changes to opening times and other Council services. Find out more on the Bank Holiday webpage.

Please note, wheelie bins should be presented from 6am.

If you have recycling that cannot fit in your green bin please use clear bags so that items can be easily identified; black bags will not be collected. 

If additional recycling is not placed in clear bags then you may be issued with a £110 fixed penalty notice. 

If you frequently produce more recycling than you can fit in one bin then please call our team on 01509 634563 or email and we will send out green sacks that can be placed next to your green bin on recycling collection day. 

Check your bin collection day

What not to recycle

  • Black plastic
  • Black bin liners
  • Blocks of polystyrene
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ceramic dishes
  • Dirty boxes or paper contaminated with food
  • Drinking glass
  • E-cigarette batteries (Please contact Leicestershire County Council for more information)
  • Electrical appliances
  • Files and folders with metal components
  • Fireworks and firework boxes
  • Food
  • Handbags
  • 'Jiffy' bags
  • Kitchen paper
  • Lids from glass bottles or jars
  • Mirror or window glass
  • Photographs
  • Plastic furniture
  • Pyrex
  • Shoes
  • Toys
  • Spectacles
  • Sweet wrappers and crisp packets
  • Textiles, tissues, wallpaper
  • Small plants pots and seed trays

Used light bulbs should not be placed into any of Charnwood’s domestic refuse or recycling bins. Instead they should be taken to the tip to be safely disposed of.

What can go in your green bin or bag


  • Bottles
  • Jars


  • Clean foil
  • Drink cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Food tins
  • Metal biscuit or chocolate tins


  • Carrier bags and packaging film
  • Detergent bottles
  • Egg cartons
  • Clear food trays, fruit punnets including the lids
  • Margarine & ice cream tubs
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Yogurt pots

Paper and Cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes (please flatten the boxes and remove any sticky tape, strings or polystyrene)
  • Cardboard toilet and kitchen rolls
  • Catalogues
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Envelopes
  • Food and drink cartons (commonly known as TetraPak)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Shredded paper
  • Wrapping paper (but not the metallic type)
  • Yellow pages
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