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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. 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.


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


See our detailed list for more things that can and cannot be recycled in the orange bags and communal bins. 

Please remember to use your orange bags for the purpose of recycling only.


I live in a flat - how do I recycle?

Please visit our flats section for more information.


I have another question that isn’t covered here

Please visit our FAQs section.


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.


If you have any issues with using the orange bag recycling service please contact us.