We’re reviewing how we collect your recycling. 

We have three options for replacing the current boxes and bags and would like to know your thoughts.

To provide your views, please complete our online survey by 11.59pm on Sunday 14 April 2024.

Have your say

The results of the survey will be reviewed by our waste service before a recommendation for one of the options is presented to Cabinet.

What are the three options

Each option is based on a collection every two weeks and requires recycling to be separated in some way. Watch our video and read the descriptions below to find out more.

You can also view each option at our Customer Centre in Coalville.

Option one: Quatro recycling bin

A wheelie bin separated into four sections for different types of recycling.

One bin would be provided to each household but would be available in two sizes: a 240 litre bin and a larger 370 litre bin.

The Quatro bin is emptied using a vehicle separated into four compartments to keep the recycling separated.

Option two: Two stackable recycling trolleys

This option contains three boxes stacked on a wheeled frame for your separated recycling.

The middle and bottom boxes have flaps to put recycling into the trolley and a lockable lid on the top box.

Each trolley provides 150 litres of recycling storage. Two trolleys would be given to each household, providing 300 litres for your recycling. However, if a household only needs one trolley, they would not be required to have two.

The trolleys are emptied using a vehicle with separate compartments to keep the recycling separated.

Option three: Two wheelie bins

Two wheelie bins for your separated recycling.

Two 180 litre bins would be given to each household, providing 360 litres for your recycling. Larger 240 litre bins would be available on request.

The wheeled bins are emptied using a vehicle split into two compartments to keep the recycling separated.

Three different types of recycling bins. The first is a wheeled bin showing four separate compartments inside. The second shows two recycling trollies made up of three boxes stacked on top of each other on a wheeled frame. The third bins shown is a red lidded wheeled bin next to a blue lidded wheeled bin.

Frequently asked questions

What size are the bins / containers?

We have created a visual guide on the PDF document below to show how much recycling fits into each option compared to the current red boxes.

Recycling options - red box size comparison (PDF Document, 0.35 Mb)

The red boxes have been used as a standard guide for all of your recycling (including paper and cardboard) as most residents are familiar with the size of a red box, and the sizes of yellow bags can vary.

All dimensions are provided below as width by depth by height.

Option one: Quatro bin

The Quatro bin would be available in two sizes: a 240 litre bin and a larger 370 litre bin.

The dimensions of the two sizes are:

  • 240 litre bin: 57.5 x 73 x 105.5 cm / 22.6 x 28.7 x 41.5 inches
  • 370 litre bin: 77 x 80.5 x 123.5 cm /  30.3 x 31.7 x 48.6 inches.

Different sizes of internal compartments are available for the Quatro. The exact sizes of each compartment would be decided based on the tonnages of each type of recycling we collect.

Option two: two stackable trolleys

Each trolley provides 150 litres of recycling storage. Two trolleys would be given to each household, providing 300 litres for your recycling.

Each trolley measures 66 x 70 x 114 cm / 26 x 27.5 x 44.9 inches.

Option three: Two wheelie bins

Two 180 litre bins would be given to each household, providing 360 litres for your recycling. Larger 240 litre bins would be available on request.

The dimensions of the two sizes are:

  • 180 litre bin: 57.8 x 64.5 x 105 cm / 22.8 x 25.4 x 41.3 inches
  • 240 litre bin: 57.5 x 72.4 x 106.6 cm / 22.6 x 28.5 x 42 inches.

Current boxes and bags

The current recycling system uses:

  • 55 litre red boxes
  • 73 litre yellow bags
  • 31 litre blue bags.

The dimensions of each recycling container are:

  • Red box: 58 x 40 x 35 cm / 22.8 x 15.7 x 13.8 inches
  • Yellow bag: 35 x 35 x 60 cm / 13.8 x 13.8 x 23.6 inches
  • Blue bag: 30 x 30 x 34 cm / 11.8 x 11.8 x 13.4 inches.

As standard, we provide households with three red boxes, two yellow bags and one blue bag, creating 342 litres for your recycling. However there is no limit to the amount of boxes and bags residents can request.

Why does one wheelie bin for mixed recycling not appear as an option?

The first phase of the review considered a wide range of bin and container options, including a bin for mixed recycling. The three options have been chosen by considering their carbon impact, recycling quality, cost, efficiency, recycling performance and impact on street litter.

Why is the black recycling trolley with five drawers not included in the options? 

Black wheeled recycling trolley with drawers

In 2022 we launched a trial of a recycling trolley with drawers. However, following feedback from volunteers and waste collection operatives, the manufacturer decided to no longer produce the trolley due to costly improvements required to its wheels and its general robustness.

When will I get new bins?

The results of the consultation will be reviewed by our waste service before a recommendation is presented to Cabinet.

Once a decision has been made, we will need to draft a plan for introducing the new system whilst considering existing disposal contracts and future government requirements to also collect food waste, cartons and plastic bags/wrapping.

We understand many residents are ready for a new collection system, but it will take time to put in place.

Will the council collect the old recycling containers?

Once an option has been picked to replace the boxes and bags, we will explore all options for boxes and bags to be reused, recycled and disposed of accordingly.

I share communal recycling bins with my neighbours, how will this affect me?

Please take a look at the PDF document below to see which bins would be provided to properties sharing communal bins. In all options, the yellow bags would no longer be used for cardboard and brown paper.

Communal recycling bins - waste services review options (PDF Document, 0.73 Mb)

What if I have difficulty moving recycling and waste bins / containers?

We offer an assisted collection service to anyone who has difficulty moving their bins and recycling containers. This service would continue following any changes to our bins / containers.

Will I still be able to recycle my textiles, batteries and phones?

Yes. More information on how to put these items out for collection will be provided once a decision has been made on the new collection system.

In the meantime, please continue to follow our guidance for putting these items out for collection whilst the review in taking place.

Where will my garden waste go?

Garden waste will continue to be collected in the brown lidded bin.

What about food waste?

Our food waste collection trial will continue until we are able to roll the collections out to everyone. The Government has confirmed that councils in England will receive funding to provide a weekly food waste collection for all households from 2025. We are currently awaiting more information about the funding.

Last updated: Wed 3 April, 2024 @ 15:46