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Residents will no longer need to separate cans, plastics and glass when recycling. Instead, residents can mix them all together in the wheeled bin provided by the Council, making it even easier to recycle.

Refuse and recycling will continue to be collected weekly and collection days will stay the same. There will be no limit on the number of clear recycling bags you can place out for collection.

We have a weekly refuse and recycling collection system. To find out the day of your collections please use the 'My Location' area of this page. Please note, some communal area collections at flats may not appear.

Recycling FAQ's

I already have a green wheeled bin for garden waste, what colour will my wheeled bin for recycling be?

The recycling bins will be green with a brown lid. The garden waste bins are green with a green lid so they will be easy to tell apart.

What are the dimensions of the 240 litre and 140 litre bins?

240 litre bin – Height 107cm; Width 58cm; Depth 73cm

140 litre bin – Height 105cm; Width 48cm; Depth 55cm

I do a lot of recycling; can I have additional recycling bins?

You can buy additional recycling bins for £17 regardless of the size of bin (140 litre or 240 litre). The Council has purchased a number of bins in bulk to help keep bin costs as low as possible. The payment for additional bins covers the cost of buying and delivering the bin including any associated administrative costs in doing so.

I currently get assistance from the Council to put out my bin bags. Is there help available to to put out my recycling bin?

The Council will continue to provide an assisted collection for residents who are elderly or have a disability which means they are not able to move their bin kerbside and there is no-one else in the household who could move the bin for them. If you currently have an assisted collection this will continue for your recycling waste collection. If you would like to apply for an assisted collection please complete our online form: or contact our Customer Service Team on 0116 288 8961.

Will my recycling be collected weekly?

Yes, we have not made any changes to your existing collection arrangements. We will continue to collect your recycling weekly on your usual collection day.

Can I continue taking glass jars and bottles to the bottle banks?

The bottle banks across the borough have been removed. All glass jars and bottles should be put in your recycling bin.

When should I put my bin out for collection?

Recycling wheeled bins must be presented kerbside by 7am on your collection day. Bins should be removed from the kerbside as soon as possible after collection but no later than 10pm on the day of collection.

Can I put used lightbulbs in my recycling wheeled bin?

No. Light bulbs can be recycled at your local Recycling and Household Waste site on Wigston Road, Oadby LE2 5JE.

Do I have to remove the lids from jars and bottles?

No, there is no need to remove the lids from jars and bottles.

Do I need to squash down plastic bottles and cartons before I put them in the recycling wheeled bin?

Yes, plastic bottles and cartons can be squashed to increase capacity.

Do I need to rinse out food containers?

Yes, please rinse out your food and drink containers. Food waste can contaminate other items in your recycling bag which may mean they cannot be recycled. Washing out containers will reduce smell.

Where can I recycle cooking oil?

Cooking oil will no longer be collected kerbside. You can recycle cooking oil at the Recycling and Household Waste site on Wigston Road, Oadby LE2 5JE. There are special containers for oil.

Where can I recycle textiles, clothes and shoes?

Unwanted textiles, clothes and shoes can be recycled at designated banks that are located across the Borough.

Oadby -

  • Uplands Park, 39 Uplands Road, Oadby LE2 4NT
  • Coombe Park, Coombe Rise, Oadby LE2 5TU
  • East Street Car Park, 8 Harborough Road, Oadby LE2 5AF
  • Sandhurst Street Car Park, Oadby LE2 5AR

Wigston -

  • The Pavilion, Horsewell Lane, Wigston LE18 2HR

South Wigston -

  • Countesthorpe Road Car Park, South Wigston LE18 4PG

My cardboard is too big to fit in the wheeled bin, what should I do?

Large cardboard can be flattened and left next to your recycling wheeled bin for collection.

How can I dispose of batteries?

Batteries can be recycled at various locations including, Customer Services, 40 Bell Street, Wigston LE18 1AD, local libraries, local shops and at the Recycling Housing Waste Site on Wigston Road, Oadby LE2 5JE.

What will happen if I put the wrong items in my recycling wheeled bin?

If your recycling bin contains non-recyclable items we will not be able to collect it. Our crew will place a bin hanger on your bin advising you to remove the non-recyclable items and to place your bin out for collection the following week.

What happens to my recycling?

After collection, your recycling is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Casepak in Leicester. The mixed recycling materials are separated using state of the art equipment; it is then bailed and sent for reprocessing to be made into new products.

If you'd like to know more about how Casepak separate the materials please visit

Can i still use the recycling bags instead of the bin?

The expectation is that all properties will now use the wheeled bins for the collection of their recyclable items.

However we realise this may not be possible for all properties in the Borough. Therefore, where a property has limited storage space for wheeled bins or there are difficulties to safely present and/or service bins, a visit can be made by a member of the Waste Management Team to offer assistance and possible alternative solutions.

Where it is considered that there is no viable option to provide bins, recyclable sacks will be provided for recyclable waste.

The use of bags instead of a wheeled bin will only be considered if you meet one of the folling criteria:

- The only place the bin can be stored is on the public highway/footpath (The property does not have a front or back garden/yard)

-The only way the bin can be taken from the rear of the property to the front is through the house (there is not an alley/access way for a bin)

Please call (0116) 2888961 if you would like to discuss this further.

Is there a list of items that can and cannot be recycled?


Newspapers and magazines

Plastic bottles


Yoghurt pots and margarine tubs


White ready meal food trays

Cereal boxes

Food and drink cans

Juice and milk cartons

Greetings cards

Empty aerosol cans

Shredded paper

Carrier bags

Paperback books

Glass bottles and jars

Clean foil


Crisp Packets and sweet wrappers

Crockery and cookware

Food wrappers


Bubble wrap

Black food trays (recycling facilities countrywide cannot recycle these items currently)


Food waste


Takeaway pizza boxes

Batteries and electrical items

Pet waste


Window/picture glass

Mirrors and broken glass

Building materials or wood

Clothes, shoes and bedding

Hardback books

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