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Avoiding household waste contamination

You are responsible for your household waste and making sure that the right things go in the right bins.

Waste contamination occurs when people put the wrong items, or items that haven't been washed out properly, in their recycling bins.

Correctly present your recycling

All recyclable items should be empty, clean and dry before being disposed of in your kerbside recycling bin. 

Dirty food and drink containers can spoil an entire load of recyclable material, so make sure to give them a quick rinse and leave them to drain before recycling.

Flatten cardboard and keep paper products dry. Place lids back on all bottles, jars and cartons once they have been rinsed, and make sure to check all packaging, ensuring that it is empty.

Items should go in loose, however if you do need to bag it up, make sure that the bag is clear.

Items that are not accepted

Items that are frequently found in recycling bins across Leicestershire that should be disposed of in your general waste bin, include:

  • Used nappies 
  • Food waste
  • Clothing and household textiles (unless you’re provided with a dedicated collection bag by your local council)
  • Hard plastics, such as children’s toys and coat hangers
  • Black plastic, including packaging and black bin bags
  • Electrical items and equipment, (unless you’re provided with a dedicated collection bag by your local council)
  • Clinical waste, needles and sharp objects

For more information about what can and can’t be disposed of in your kerbside recycling bin, contact your District or Borough Council, or visit Less Waste

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