The easiest way to recycle is using your Green Bin at home. While you can recycle most things, there are some items that can’t be put in the Green Bin - so it’s important to know what you can and can’t recycle. If you're unsure check the Council's A-Z guide here. All recycling must be put in your green bin loose - please don't use bin bags!
Junk mail, office paper, newspapers
Flattened brown card, glossy printed card, egg boxes, toilet/kitchen roll inner tubes
Metal Cans & Foil
Cleaned drink cans, food cans, pet food cans, pie dishes, soft foil.
Empty deodorant cans, cleaning material, hair products
Plastic Types 1,2 & 4
These numbers can usually be found on the product packaging.
Types 1 & 2 usually contain liquids such as drink bottles, shampoo bottles and milk bottles. Type 4 is usually stretchy. If you pull it and the writing warps, then it’s probably type 4. You can also put carrier bags in your green bin!
These can be recycled, but you can't put them in your green bin. (See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).
Take these glass bottles to your nearest bottle bank, you can now leave lids and screw tops of glass bottles and jars (See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).
(See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).
(See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).
Plastic Types 3, 5, 6 & 7
These plastics include some margarine tubs, yogurt pots, food cartons & polystyrene.
No kind of food waste can go in the Green Bin, and make sure you wash out your recycling!
Top Tip: Did you know that you can't recycle pizza boxes if they've got grease on them!
Ash Road Area
From 4 August 2014, Leeds City Council began trialling a new scheme in the Ash Road area of Headingley. This was to address high levels of non-recyclables being put into green bins; bins being left on streets; littering and fly-tipping. As part of this, green bins were removed from student properties and all other households who did not opt in to keep their green bin. Black bins are now wheeled back into properties after collection, and street sweepers can get around more easily.
How do I recycle?
If you live in this area and want to recycle you will need to opt in to the green bag collection scheme. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, address and quote ARP02 on the subject line. Leeds City Council will then issue you with green bags within 4 weeks. Full bags will be replaced with new ones fortnightly, on your collection day.
What do I do with my recycling until then?
Until your green bags arrive or if you have additional waste, you can present your recycling in thin, transparent bags (such as kitchen bin liners or carrier bags). Do not use black bags for recycling (NB will more likely be treated as fly –tipping)!
Where do I store my recycling?
Bags of recycling can be stored in the garden of your property between collection days. They must not be left in streets to cause an obstruction. Recyclables must be kept dry or they won’t be collected. Bags must be placed in the street before 7am on your collection day.
What can I recycle?
Leeds City Council collect aerosols (empty); foil containers and soft foil (clean and crushed); food tins and drink cans (rinsed and dry); plastic bags and bottles (lids off); other plastics - types 1, 2, and 4; cardboard and mixed paper (not shredded). Bottles and jars must not be put in bins, but taken to a bottle bank.
For more detail of what you can recycle in Leeds check your Living in Leeds Guide or visit LeaveLeedsTidy.com or www.leeds.gov.uk/recycleforLeeds
Local Tip (Household Waste Recycling Sites)
If you have large quantities of, or very bulky waste that won’t fit in your wheelie bin or recycling bags such as flat-pack furniture wrappings, broken furniture or metal objects – the most efficient way to dispose of it is via your local Household Waste Recycling Sites.
All types of household waste including soil, rubble, garden waste, household chemicals, paint, gas bottles, glass and electrical items are accepted. For more information, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/recyclingsites
From 1 April 2015, you will need a Resident Permit on your car to access these. Your landlord has been issued with one for the property where you live – so contact him / her in the first instance to get hold of it.
If your items can’t be recycled, then your local site can dispose of them safely and cleanly. Hurray!
The two closest sorting sites in North West Leeds are:
• Kirkstall Road Household Waste Sorting Site
• Meanwood Road Household Waste Sorting Site
Glass bottles can’t go in your green bin, as any tiny shards of glass can ruin expensive screens that are used in the paper recycling process. Neither should they go in your black bin. They either need to be taken to the recycling site, or one of the numerous bottle banks in the area. Throwing glass bottles into the banks is also quite good fun and a great way to relieve some pent up stress. See our Leave Leeds Tidy Map for your nearest bottle bank
Alternatively, Leeds Beckett Students are running a sustainability project called ‘Refloat’ where students living in LS6 can sign up to receive a bag and have their glass collected every few weeks. In these areas students find it hard to recycle glass due to no curb side collections and the location of the bottle banks with many left confused how to recycle.
Email email@example.com to let them know about glass in your area, or to sign up for a collection.
Collections are scheduled for:
Wednesday 15th April
Friday 8th May
Weds 29th April
Friday 29th May
Wednesday 13th May
Friday 19th June
Wednesday 10th June
Tuesday 21st July
Friday 17th July
There are a number of textile recycling points in Leeds, see our map for their locations. Alternatively, donate your unwanted clothes to a charity shop. If they can’t be sold on in the shop, then the charity shops can make money by recycling them on your behalf – even worn out, torn or stained clothes and odd socks . Easy peasy!
You could earn money for recycling your mobiles and other electronic devices through Leeds University Union, your gadgets will then be stripped down for reuse or refurbishment, and you can also donate money to the RAG Community Fund.
Plastic Bags, Tetra Packs, Batteries & Print Cartridges
All of these can be recycled at Leeds University Union, in the main foyer. You can also donate used printer cartridges to various charities and help them raise money. Just visit the website below for a list of charities you can donate to. Good times!
Click here to visit the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle website.