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Recycling at Home - Orange Recycling Service

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Recycling in Leicester made easy

In Leicester, you can use orange bags or communal bins to recycle your household items.

How to use your orange bags

Rinse - please make sure all items that have contained food or drink are clean.

Fill up your bags - you may use as many orange bags as you need for your recycling.

Tie your bags - securely tie the top of the bags, this helps to reduce litter.

Collection - place your bags out on your normal collection day


How do I order more orange bags?

1. Use Your Yellow Sticker

About five bags from the end of the roll you will find a yellow sticker. Please write your house number on it and place it on one of your full recycling bags and put it out for collection. Please make sure it is clearly visible, and the recycling crew will leave you a new roll when they pick your bags up.

2. Download a printable version of the yellow sticker

Download either a black and white or a yellow label. Print off the label and stick it to your recycling bags on collection day to request a new roll of orange bags. 

2. Online

You can complete our order form to request more orange bags.

3. Telephone Us 

You can also order more orange bags by calling our Waste Management service line on 0116 454 1002.


What can I recycle in my orange bags or communal bins?

Please make sure you rinse all items that contained food or drink - no food waste will be accepted.


Please only place unbroken glass in the orange bags - broken glass should be placed in your refuse bin. 


Plastic bottles

Plastic food containers e.g margarine tubs, ready meal trays and yogurt pots

Plastic film

Carrier bags

Food tins

Drink cans

Foil trays

Empty aerosols

Drink/food cartons e.g Tetra Pak

Glass bottles/jars.





Junk mail


Wrapping paper

Greeting cards

Telephone directories e.g Yellow Pages

Cereal boxes

Cardboard packaging


You can download a detailed list of things which can and cannot be recycled at the bottom of the page. Please remember to use your orange bags for recycling only.


I live in a flat - how do I recycle?

Most flats in Leicester have now been individually assessed and provided with either orange bags or communal recycling bins. 


If you have been given orange bags these are to be used in the same way as houses. 

 If your flat has communal bins, you will have been given one or more of the following types of bins depending on your needs;

  • coloured 140 litre bin

  • orange 240 litre bin 

  • 1100 litre bin

You can recycle the same items in any of the recycling  bins as you can in the orange bags. The bins will be clearly labelled as recycling bins with a list of items you can recycle on the front.


There are several large estates in the city that are still awaiting recycling, but work is in progress to identify the best solution for these areas. 

Some flats have bespoke recycling facilities, such as Mini Recycling Centres, or on street recycling units.  Whatever facilities you have you can now recycle the same materials as you can in the orange bags.

If you are not sure what recycling is available in your flats please contact us to find out.


Introduction of Orange Recycling to the St Matthews Estate

Most of the St Matthews Estate does not currently have the Orange Recycling Service. During November and December 2014 we will be installing shared recycling bins across the estate. You will be able to recycle the same items that can be recycled in Orange Bags.


The new service will be introduced in stages across the estate. Customers living on the St Matthews Estate will receive the new service during November and early December 2014. We will be visiting properties on the estate to let you know when you can start using the service and answer any questions you may have.


If you are already recycling, please continue to do so. If there are any changes to your service we will contact you during November or December 2014. 

Keep in touch

Keep in touch for news and developments on the Orange Bag Recycling Service by liking us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

We update our pages regularly with hints and tips to help you recycle even more at home and news of upcoming events that we will be attending.