Orange bag recycling service

You can use orange bags or communal bins to recycle your household items. Find out how to use your bags, what you can recycle and how to order more bags.

Further information

How do I use my orange bags?

  • Rinse - please make sure all items that have contained food or drink are clean
  • Fill up your bags - you can use as many orange bags as you need for your recycling
  • Tie your bags - securely tie the top of the bags, as this helps to reduce litter
  • Collection - put your bags out on your normal collection day.

How does the service work?

You can download our 'Frequently asked questions' and 'Recycling at home' leaflets in the attachments at the bottom of the page. These explain more about your recycling service. 

What can I recycle?

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

  • Plastic bottles and plastic food containers (e.g. margarine tubs, ready meal trays and yoghurt pots)
  • Plastic film and plastic carrier bags
  • Food tins and foil trays
  • Drink cans
  • Empty aerosols (not for paints)
  • Drink/food cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak)
  • Glass bottles/jars
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogues
  • Paper
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Wrapping paper (not the plastic shiny kind) and greeting cards (without sparkles or ribbons)
  • Telephone directories (e.g. Yellow Pages)
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard packaging

You can download a detailed list of what can and can’t be recycled at the bottom of the page, along with a full guide to your recycling service.

How do I order more orange bags?

You can order bags online using the quick link above or use the yellow sticker which you will find about five bags from the end of the roll. Write your house number on it and stick it on one of your full recycling bags. The recycling crew will leave you a new roll when they pick your bags up. 

You can also download a copy of the yellow sticker below. Print the sticker out, fill in your address and tape it to your recycling bags on collection day. 

Clothes, shoes and other textiles

We do not accept clothing or textiles in orange bags, these should be taken to a local charity shop or clothing bank. Damaged items that aren't suitable for reuse can also be recycled in clothing banks.

Recycling banks

There are a number of recycling banks across Leicester, where you can recycle items such as:

  • Cardboard, paper
  • Mixed glass bottles and jars
  • Clothes, shoes and textiles (fabrics)

Where's my local recycling bank?

To find a recycling bank nearest to you and check which materials they recycle, you can use the 'Locate a recycling bank nearest to me' quick link at the top of this page.

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Contact us

0116 454 1002