Melton Borough Council

What goes in your brown bin

Brown bins are for certain types of recycling only. We accept:

  • Plastic bottles, please put their tops on
  • Plastic food containers, such as yoghurt pots/margarine tubs, please make sure they are clean.
  • White and clear plastic ready meal trays and yoghurt pots - please note we do not accept black ready meal trays
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Greeting cards
  • Telephone Directories e.g. Yellow pages
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Food tins and drink cans, please make sure they are clean
  • Foil trays 
  • Empty aerosols
  • Drink and food cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars, please make sure that they are clean
  • Shredded paper
  • Egg boxes
  • Foil

We do not accept the following in brown bins:

  • Black plastics - ready meal trays, meat packaging, black sacks, and any other black coloured plastic containers.
  • Electrical items
  • Textiles
  • Batteries
  • Food waste
  • Wood
  • Nappies
  • Green waste
  • Toys
  • Ceramics
  • Ornaments
  • CDs and DVDs 
  • Liquid filled bottles
If you have a mobile phone you would like to recycle visit Envirofone which is an easy way to get cash for your old mobile phone. 
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