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Green recycling bins and bags

What not to recycle

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. 

Properties frequently producing more recycling than will fit in one bin should 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. 

As part of our #RecycleRight campaign we are monitoring all recycling presented to ensure that quality standards are met. Any contaminated bins or bags will be stickered and left. It will then be your responsibility to remove the contamination.

What not to recycle

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  • Black bin liners
  • Blocks of polystyrene
  • Ceramic dishes
  • Dirty boxes or paper contaminated with food
  • Drinking glass
  • Electrical appliances
  • Files and folders with metal components
  • Fireworks and firework boxes
  • Handbags
  • 'Jiffy' bags
  • Kitchen paper
  • Lids from glass bottles or jars
  • Mirror or window glass
  • 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 one of Leicestershire County Council's Household Waste and Recycling Sites (tips)to be safely disposed of.

What can go in your green bin or bag


  • Bottles
  • Jars


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


  • Carrier bags and packaging film
  • Detergent bottles
  • Egg cartons
  • Food trays, fruit punnets including the lids
  • Margarine & ice cream tubs
  • Plastic cutlery
  • 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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