Melton Borough Council

Bins, waste and recycling FAQs

Bins and recycling - Frequently asked questions

Improvements to your recycling service

Things you need to know about your recycling service from 1st October 2018

As a further improvement to Melton’s recycling collection service, residents are now able to recycle small waste electrical items and textiles from their household. Yes that’s right you can recycle old textiles, bobbly jumpers, out of shape tops, duvet covers that have seen better days, toasters that have lost their spark and drill’s that have ‘bit’ the dust, all ideal specimens to send off for recycling.

There will be no change to your collection frequency. Recycling and refuse will be collected fortnightly as normal.

Can I put extra refuse as side waste out with my black bin?

No. Only refuse waste contained within the black bin will be collected on your usual collection day. 

When is the first collection of small electricals and textiles?

The new contract starts on 1st October 2018. From this date you will be able to recycle small electrical items and textiles.

What is a small electrical?

All electrical items that are small enough to fit into a plastic bag can be recycled, whether they plug in, charge up, or are battery powered. 

Yes please:

  • irons, toasters, kettles, blenders and other kitchen appliances
  • power tools, smoke detectors and thermostats
  • hairdryers, clippers and shavers, electric toothbrushes, straighteners and curling tongs
  • radios, CD/MP3 players and speakers
  • alarm clocks, calculators, clocks and torches
  • DVD and video players, game consoles and remote controls
  • mobile phones, cameras and chargers
  • hard drives and computer components
  • small electrical toys
  • household, mobile phone and laptop batteries.

No thanks:

  • low energy light bulbs
  • TVs, laptops and computer monitors
  • Anything too big to fit inside a standard size carrier bag

What kind of textiles will be collected for recycling?

Yes please: All kinds of clothing, curtains, bed sheets, blankets and towels.

No thanks: Duvets, pillows, cushions, shoes, rugs and carpets.

How to recycle electrical items and textiles?

NOT in your brown bin please. Place any items in a standard size carrier bag, No larger than 35cm by 40cm in size, please remove batteries and bulbs (leave plugs or cables attached) even if the items are broken, they can still be recycled. Do not mix electrical items and textiles, place them in separate bags. Place at the side of your bin by 7:30 am on your normal collection day. If you do not have a wheelie bin, please place items in a plastic bag next to your sacks.

Is there a limit to how many bags of textiles or electricals I can put out for collection?

Yes there is a limit of 3 bags per collection. Please try to put items out as they become unwanted rather than storing them until you have several items. Please place electrical and textiles in separate bags. Please note there is no missed collections of textiles and small electricals, if your collection is missed, just set it out for collection on the following week.

What if I put the wrong materials in my brown bin?

The collection crews will check for any wrong materials placed in your bin. If you put wrong materials in your bin by mistake, your bin will be left along with a note explaining why it cannot be collected. If lots of the wrong materials are collected it may cause the whole vehicle load of recycling to be sent to landfill

Why can’t I put textiles or small electricals in my brown bin since it all goes for recycling?

Electrical items are stripped down to the component parts, such as metals and plastics, so can’t be recycled along with the contents of your brown bin which are sorted by conveyor belts at the Materials Recycling Facility. Textiles are also likely to get caught on the machinery.


What about large electrical items?

Larger items that won't fit in a carrier bag, such as vacuum cleaners, televisions, fridges and washing machines can be collected using the councils bulky waste service Or taken to the local tip for opening times.

Melton Mowbray Tip – Lake Terrace, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0BZ

Bottesford Tip – Normanton Lane, Bottesford, Leicestershire, NG13 0B

Somerby Tip – Knossington Road, Somerby, Leicestershire, LE14 2QP


What happens to the materials?

Clothes and textiles are passed onto a reprocessor based in Leicester, recycled and made into new items, such as padding for chairs and car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets. Knitted or woven material are used for car insulation, roofing felt, loudspeaker cones and furniture padding, whilst textiles made from cotton and silk  are used to manufacture paper, wiping and polishing cloths for a range of industries from car manufacturers to the mining sector. Other types of textiles can be reprocessed into fibres for upholstery, insulation, and even building materials.

Electrical items contain many different parts which, once recycled, can be used again in a variety of ways. Plastic can be used for light, rigid, moulded products such as musical instruments, cases, pipe fittings and car bumpers, copper motors can be turned into copper pipe, jewellery, and as winding wire for motors in new electronic products such as fridges, vacuums, tools, toys and motors. Games consoles contain steel that can be used for computer casings and car parts, were your old mobile phone contains precious metals including zinc which is used to galvanise steel.