Melton Borough Council

Recycling simplified across Leicestershire

Published Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

District councils in Leicestershire have joined forces to make recycling easier than ever by providing a more consistent recycling service for Leicestershire residents.

The majority of county residents are now able to recycle exactly the same materials in their recycling wheelie bins wherever they live in the county. 

Six district councils have worked together to produce one simple list of what can and cannot be put into the recycling bin.  It is hoped that not only will this offer better consistency for residents countywide, but that it will also encourage residents to recycle more things, more often.

A complete list of items that can be recycled can be seen here:

Until recently, when recycling bins were emptied by crews in each council area, the contents were taken to several different recycling sites for sorting.  Each recycling site had different rules and different processes which meant items that could be recycled in some districts could not be recycled in others. That changed last year and now recycling collections from most districts - Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton and Oadby & Wigston - are now taken to a single materials recycling facility in Leicester which has enabled the councils to team up for the first time.

Beverley Jolly, Joint Chief Executive of Harborough District Council and Leicestershire Districts’ Lead on Waste said:  "It's been a source of some frustration to Leicestershire residents for some time that items that can be recycled by some councils cannot be recycled by others.  It's also an issue that WRAP, the national waste and resources action programme, is keen to tackle as their research says that inconsistency leads to confusion and puts people off recycling so we were keen to work together to produce a single list for recycling that applies countywide. We really hope this will make recycling easier than ever for Leicestershire residents, leading to more recycling and less waste going to landfill.”

From October 1st, recycling containing contaminants (non recyclable items) will not be collected across the Melton Borough until the contaminants have been removed by the resident.  In addition to a social media campaign, notices on the website and media coverage over the last few weeks, residents will be receiving bin hangers and bin stickers letting them know what cannot be recycled and when the changes will take effect.

Councillor John Illingworth, the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regulatory services at Melton Borough Council said: “It’s important that we all do our bit for the environment and recycle, but it’s also important that we use our recycling schemes correctly.  If the wrong items go in the wrong bins then recyclable material can get contaminated which means it then has to go to landfill or be incinerated. Levels of contamination in Melton are much higher than they should be and we hope to change this dramatically by providing lots of information online and through social media about what should go where. We know Melton people are highly conscious about protecting their environment and we all have to work together to not let our recycling go to waste.”

More information can also be found on the website:

Up to date information on what the recycling is used for is also available at



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