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Green recycling bin

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

Please note: If an item you wish to recycle is not on this list, it might be possible to recycle it in another way, but it may need to be taken to a tip or sent to landfill. To check your items, please visit the Leicestershire County Council website.

You can also see a full list of the items that are accepted for recycling at the Casepak website and read our big guide to recycling.

What not to recycle

  • Black plastic
  • Black bin liners
  • Blocks of polystyrene
  • Bubble wrap
  • CD and DVD cases (or the discs themselves)
  • Ceramic dishes
  • Cooking oil tins
  • 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
  • Hard plastics such as coat hangers, storage boxes, children's toys, tupperware containers
  • 'Jiffy' bags
  • Kitchen paper
  • Metallised food and drink pouches, including pet food and soft drinks
  • Metal kitchen items such as pots, pans, cutlery, baking trays.
  • Metal tubes, such as tomato puree
  • Mirror or window glass
  • Nappies (please place in general waste)
  • Paint tins
  • Photographs
  • Plastic furniture
  • Plastic plant pots and seed trays of any colour
  • Pyrex
  • Shoes
  • Toys
  • Spectacles
  • Sweet wrappers and crisp packets
  • Textiles, tissues, wallpaper
  • Small plants pots and seed trays
  • Wallpaper

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 - Lids will be taken, please screw them back on
  • Jars - Lids will be taken, please screw them back on


  • 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

  • Books (softback and hardback - try to reuse or donate where possible)
  • 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

How to present your recycling

  • Empty, rinse and dry all bottles, jars and containers and place lids back on
  • Flatten cardboard* and cartons – keep it dry
  • Place lids back on all bottles, jars and cartons
  • Items should go in loose
  • All packaging should be empty 

*Large pieces of flattened card can be left by the side of your recycling bin

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