Melton Borough Council

What goes in your brown bin

From October 1st 2019 recycling that contains contaminants will not be collected by the crews until the contaminants have been removed.

Recycling from Leicestershire (except North West Leicestershire, which is sorted at their depot in Coalville), goes to Casepak, a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester. Materials are sorted into the different material categories using state of the art equipment and machinery before being baled and sent on to processers for recycling.

Small electrical and textile recycling

Residents are now able to recycle small electrical items and textiles.

Place items in a standard size carrier bag. Do not mix electricals and textiles, place them in separate bags. Place at the side of your brown or black bin, not in it, on your collection day.


How to present your recycling

  • Empty, rinse and dry all bottles, jars and containers and place lids back on
  • Flatten cardboard* and cartons – keep it dry
  • Remove any polystyrene or sticky tape from cardboard boxes
  • Place lids back on all bottles, jars and cartons
  • Items should go in loose
  • All packaging should be empty

*Large pieces of neatly flattened cardboard can be left by the side of your recycling bin
For further information visit the less waste website.

What to put in your brown bin 

  • Glass
    Glass bottles and jars - please make sure that they are clean
    No flat glass/mirrors/drinking glasses etc
  • Metals
    Drinks cans and food tins
    Metal biscuit and chocolate tins
    Aerosol cans* from the kitchen and bathroom (must be empty).
    Aluminium foil (must be clean) – scrunch it up into a ball
    Foil trays (must be clean)
    No metal tubes, such as tomato puree
    No paint tins
    No cooking oil tins
    *Avoid aerosols from the garage or shed that contain hazardous materials such as WD40 or spray paint
  • Plastics
    Plastic bottles, including from the kitchen and bathroom
    Plastic pots, tubs, trays and punnets i.e. ready meal trays (any colour except black)
    Plastic bags (not black), such as carrier bags; bread bags; salad and vegetable bags
    Plastic film, such as bubble wrap, cling film and cellophane (must be clean)
    No black plastic of any kind, including black food trays and bags
    No plastic tubes, such as moisturiser, sun cream, hand cream or toothpaste
    No hard plastic, such as coat hangers; storage boxes; children’s toys; mixing bowls; Tupperware containers
    No CDs & CD cases; video cassettes & cases
    No plastic cutlery
    No trigger sprays or pump action lids from household sprays and soaps (the bottles are fine)
    No crisp packets or other metallised plastic wrappers i.e. from sweets; chocolates; biscuits; tea bags
    No metallised food and drink pouches, such as from pet food or soft drinks
    No plastic plant pots or seed trays of any colour
    No medical blister packs (such as paracetamol packs)

  • Cardboard (please flatten boxes and remove any polystyrene or sticky tape)
    Large corrugated cardboard boxes
    Other cardboard, such as cereal boxes and card from ready meals
    Egg boxes, toilet roll, and kitchen roll middles
    Files and folders without metal components
    Greeting cards (plain cards only, no glitter, fabric or embellishments)
  • Cartons/ tetra paks
    Food and drink cartons, such as milk, soups etc
  • Paper
    Newspapers, magazines, leaflets
    Catalogues and directories e.g. Yellow pages
    Office paper and envelopes
    Junk mail and envelopes
    Wrapping paper* (plain paper only, no glitter, fabric or embellishments)
    Shredded paper (place inside an open topped box such as a cereal box or paper bag to prevent the paper from blowing down the street and remember you only need to shred the part of the document that contains personal information rather than the whole document)
    No kitchen paper/ tissues
    No photographs
    No wallpaper
    *No tissue paper – this can’t be recycled
  • Books
    Softback books and hardback books – ideally donate for reuse where possible
  • Textiles – these can be placed in a standard sized carrier bag (not black) at the side of your bin. The bag needs to contain textiles only. Please do not put them inside the brown bin. Alternatively, you can take them to your local charity for reuse or recycle at textile banks or your Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS).
  • Small electrical items - these can be placed in a standard sized carrier bag (not black) at the side of your bin. The bag needs to contain small electricals only.
    We are still unable to accept large electrical items, these need to be taken to your Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS) for recycling.

We are unable to recycle the following:

  • Black plastic – any other colour is fine, including brown 

  • Food waste – place in your general waste

  • Nappies – place in your general waste

  • Polystyrene - place in your general waste

  • Green waste – place this in the garden waste bin

  • Toys- most charity shops accept usable old toys

  • CD’s and DVD’s - most charity shops accept old DVD’s and CD’s that still work

  • Liquid filled Bottles- please empty, rinse and dry bottles before placing in the bin

  • Wood

  • Ceramics

  • Ornaments

  • Large electrical or electronic equipment – any equipment that is too big to fit in a standard size carrier bag will not be able to be left by your bin. These items will need to be taken to your Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS) for recycling.

  • Certain types of paper -  kitchen paper/ tissues, photographs, wallpaper, tissue paper

  • Certain metals - metal tubes (such as tomato puree), paint tins, cooking oil tins and
    Note: avoid aerosols from the garage or shed that contain hazardous materials such as WD40 or spray paint

  • Crisp tubes (such as pringles)

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. 

A complete list of items that can be recycled can be downloaded below:

Recycling guide