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What can and cannot be recycled

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Below is a list of what can and cannot be recycled in your green recycling bin.

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.

Please note: If an item you wish to recycle is not on the list below, 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.

What not to recycle

  • Black plastic
  • Black bin liners
  • Blocks of polystyrene
  • 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
  • Printer cartridges (check packaging to see if they can be refilled - some charities will recycle them for you)
  • 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

Glass

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

Metals

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

Plastics

  • 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

For more information on recycling, visit our frequently asked questions page.

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