Recycling banks consultation

Closed 10 Jun 2019

Opened 13 May 2019

Feedback updated 30 Dec 2021

We asked

We consulted on a proposal to reform the recycling sites around the city, removing the old glass and paper/cardboard banks at the 62 existing sites, and installing new, modern, mixed recycling bins at approximately 25 sites.

You said

225 responses were received from the consultation. 67% supported the proposal to reduce the overall number of sites to make savings, and 73% supported the introduction of new bins.

Many of the comments received by people not supporting the plans said that we should go further and remove the sites entirely.

65% of respondents told us they never use the existing sites, and only 14% use them at least once a month. 99% of respondents told us that they use their home recycling services and many felt that the household recycling service diminishes the need for public recycling banks.

We did

As a result of the support for the proposed changes, we plan to remove the glass and cardboard/paper banks and install new mixed recycling bins at approximately 20 sites, to take place in early 2022.


Leicester City Council currently provides a network of recycling bank sites for residents of Leicester City to recycle glass bottles and jars, and paper, cardboard and textiles.

To achieve savings whilst improving the service we are proposing the following changes:

  1. Remove all the paper and card recycling banks at the 27 sites where these are provided, and all the glass banks at the 62 sites where these are provided.
  2. Introduce new recycling bins that accept a wider range of materials for recycling including paper, card, glass, metal cans and plastic bottles, at approximately 25 key sites in the city.
  3. Keep all existing textile recycling banks.

Why Change?

The current recycling bank network has been in operation for many years. Since the introduction of the Orange Bag Recycling Service to households in 2011 there has been a significant decrease in the amount of recycling collected through the recycling banks, particularly for cardboard, paper and glass. Many sites now have very little usage.

Demand for the service has fallen, and it has become less efficient. Furthermore, the recycling banks are old, so the proposed changes provide an opportunity to modernise the network, providing new, more attractive bins that accept a wider range of materials for recycling.

Why your views matter

We want to hear your views on the proposals and how they may impact you.

What happens next

Your responses will be used to help us decide if we are planning the right course of action by reducing the number of recycling bank sites, and replacing the old recycling bins with ones that can take a wider range of recyclables.


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