What can I recycle?
We provide an integrated refuse and recycling service to every household in the district. Each household is issued with either bins or sacks.
What can I put in my recycling bin?
- Plastic bottles – milk, mineral water, drinks bottles, shampoo, detergent, bleach, fabric conditioners etc
- Tins and cans – aluminium drink cans and steel food tins(please rinse)
- Sweet/chocolate tins
- Foil – tin foil, foil trays, foil pie trays, takeaway trays
- Empty aerosol cans – hairspray, deodorants etc
- Food trays, fruit punnets (including lids), packaging film, margarine and ice cream tubs
- Small plant pots and seed trays (no soil)
- Yoghurt pots
- Milk and juice cartons
- Foam fast food boxes and egg boxes
- Plastic cutlery
- Carrier Bags
- Glass bottles(any colour)
- Glass jars (any colour)
- Junk mail
- Shredded paper
- Cereal boxes
- Telephone directories (including yellow pages)
- Paint tins
- Plastic furniture
- Crisp bags
- Kitchen utensils, pots and pans, cutlery
- Video cassettes
- Bubble wrap
- Broken or Plate glass
- Glass ornaments
- Hardback books
- Bin liners
- Household waste
- Textiles and Shoes (use Mind bag)
- Batteries (use battery bag or sandwich bag)
- Small electrical items (use Mind bag)
- Used household batteries
- Used mobile phone batteries
- Used lithium batteries
- Used hearing aid batteries
- Industrial batteries
- Car batteries
- Motor bike batteries
If you do not have a battery bag please use a sandwich bag. This will be replaced with a new battery bag when it's collected.
The Council is working with MIND, the mental health charity. Donating your textiles and small electrical items to MIND helps them to raise funds and support people with mental health problems. Donating also helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
To find out what MIND collect,If you want to request a donation bag or arrange a collection please visit the MIND Collections page.
Households of up to three residents are issued with one 140ltr wheeled bin (green lid) for recycling.
Households with 4-6 permanent residents are entitled to one 240ltr wheeled bin (green lid) for recycling.
Households with 7 or more permanent residents are entitled to one 240ltr and one 140ltr wheeled bins (green lids) for refuse.
If you currently have less bin capacity than you are entitled to as above and would like to increase your bin size, please contact us on 0116 272 7555.
We will also collect any used household batteries (not industrial, car or motor bike). Please put your used batteries out in a special battery bag or small sandwich bag and put them on top of your recycling bin.
When moving within the district, you must take your refuse, recycling and garden waste bins with you.
Q: What do I do if I have already moved house and left the bins at my old property?
A: If the bins at your property are not suitable, or there are no bins there at all, you will need to order new bins from us (a payment may be required for your new bins depending on your circumstances).
The Council will charge for replacement bins if they have been damaged on purpose or if they have been stolen or are reported as missing.
The charges are for the replacement of the old bin and for delivery. The charge is not for the new bin and the new bin will continue to be the property of the Council.
Charges are £30 for delivery regardless of bin size.
We will not charge for wear and tear damage to bins, eg broken lids, missing lid pins, splits to the body of the bin or damaged wheels.
Before you report your bin as stolen or missing please check your neighbours' gardens to see if it has been taken and check around the area to make sure the bin isn't further down the road/been misplaced.
The bins are your responsibility, it is up to you to keep your bins safe and to retrieve your bins from your neighbours. We do not replace dirty bins, it is your responsibility to keep your bins clean.
For those properties unable to accommodate wheeled bins, we do provide refuse and recycling sacks free of charge. These are delivered by us on a quarterly basis.
There are two different sized garden bins available. You can rent at a an annual cost:
- a 140ltr bin for £24.00 per year, or
- a 240ltr bin for £36.00 per year
In addition to the bins, garden waste sacks are available from many outlets in the district.
Recycling small electrical equipment
Refuse and garden bag stockists