Household waste advice

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We're asking you to think differently about waste, and take positive steps to manage your household, food and green waste.

Jump to tips and advice about:

  1. what to do with your household waste if someone has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
  2. household waste and recycling centres
  3. bulky waste collections
  4. recycling (grey bins)
  5. garden waste
  6. food waste
  7. textiles
  8. burning waste
  9. fly-tipping

What to do with your household waste if someone has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19

You must follow these steps:

  1. Put any personal waste into a disposable rubbish bag (for example used tissues, kitchen paper and disposable cleaning cloths).
  2. Put the bag into another bag, tie it securely and keep it separate from your other waste for at least 72 hours (three days).
  3. After 72 hours, put the personal waste into your black bin.

Please do not put any personal waste in your grey bin.

If you cannot store your personal waste anywhere safely, contact our customer services team:

Call: 01572 722577


Household waste and recycling centres (HWRC)

North Luffenham HWRC is open.

Cottesmore HWRC is closed - watch Cllr Gordon Brown give an update on the Cottesmore site:

Site address and opening hours

North Luffenham HWRC, Willoughby Road, Morcott, Rutland LE15 9DW

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

In bad weather conditions, the site may need to close at short notice.

North Luffenham site safety measures:

  • there's a temporary road closure and one-way system between Pilton Crossroads and Morcott village, with no access to the HWRC from the direction of Morcott
  • a maximum of four vehicles are allowed to unload onsite at a time
  • a maximum of two people can be in your vehicle
  • you must stay two metres away from other people (including site staff) at all times
  • the site closes for 15 minutes at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm daily, for cleaning
  • no trailers or horseboxes are accepted onsite - this is so vehicles can move in and out as quickly as possible (see our sitemap to plan the best way to pack waste into your vehicle - this will help cut down the amount of time you're onsite)
  • please pre-sort your waste and separate out materials like metal, wood and plastics before you come to the site
  • staff at the site will be happy to give you instructions, but cannot help you unload or put waste into the containers

Read our HWRC FAQs

View the route map for North Luffenham HWRC 

View the site layout map (to help you pack your vehicle)

Bulky waste collections

If you need to get large household items taken away, we have a limited number of bulky waste collections available to book.

The bulky waste collection service costs £34, for up to four items. 

Your items must be left outside for at least 72 hours (3 days) before your collection date.

Call our customer services team on 01572 722577 to book.  

Find out more about bulky waste collections


The quality of your recycling is important.

Don’t be tempted to put contaminated or incorrect items in your recycling bin if your black bin is full - contaminated recycling can end up in landfill. 

Remember to: 

  • empty, rinse and dry any bottles, jars and containers - any residue left in containers can contaminate other items and stop them from being recycled
  • place lids back on 
  • not put items for recycling in bags 
  • empty all packaging 

Don't place the following items into your recycling bin: 

  • nappies
  • food waste
  • textiles
  • tissue and kitchen paper
  • crisp packets, sweet and biscuit wrappers
  • electronic equipment

Find out more about items you can recycle

Garden waste

The best place for garden waste is a home compost bin or compost heap. 

Composting can reduce the amount of biodegradable material you put in your black bin.

The key to effective composting is getting a balance between ‘greens’ and ‘browns’:

  • greens - grass cuttings, tea bags, fruit scraps and vegetable peelings 
  • browns - torn-up cardboard, dry leaves, scrunched-up newspaper, garden prunings and egg boxes

If you throw lots of these items away regularly, a compost bin could be a good way to reduce your waste, and help your garden.  

Never put these items in a compost bin – they will smell bad and can encourage pests:

  • cooked food
  • nappies
  • meat
  • dairy products
  • diseased plants 

Find more information about home composting

Burning garden waste is bad for the environment, and could be a nuisance to your neighbours, particularly if they have a health condition affected by smoke.

Please be considerate - everyone is spending much more time at home and in their gardens at this time.  

Food waste

Make the most of the food you buy, and reduce the amount that ends up in the bin. 

The Love Food Hate Waste website has lots of helpful tips and information.

For example: 

  • plan your meals for the week ahead to avoid overbuying
  • get to know your dates – foods are safe to eat after the ‘best before’ date, but may not be at their tastiest. Fresh items must be eaten by the ‘use by’ date to avoid health risks
  • use a shopping list – this will save you time and money by only buying what you need
  • love your leftovers – there are some great recipes on their website to transform your leftovers in to tasty meals
  • how to portion properly – cooking and serving too much food means you are more likely to waste it
  • make the most of your freezer – many fresh foods can be frozen (vegetables, meat, fish, milk, whipped cream, bread, cakes, hard cheese, even bananas). Just remember to portion, labels and date things as you freeze them.  
  • get savvy with storage – food lasts longer and keeps in better condition if stored properly


Textiles can’t go in your recycling bin, because they can damage the machinery at the recycling centres.

But they don’t belong in your general waste bin either.  You could:

  • donate unwanted, good condition clothes to a charity shop (but please don't leave donations outside a shop that hasn't reopened yet)
  • put worn out clothes in a local textiles recycling bank

You can learn about ways to make your clothes last longer, care for and repair your clothes on the Love Your Clothes website - the site has tips and advice covering everything from washing your clothes and removing stains, to doing simple repairs and alterations. 

Burning waste

Burning garden waste is bad for the environment and could be a nuisance to your neighbours, particularly if they have a health condition affected by smoke. 

Please be considerate - everyone is spending much more time at home and in their gardens.  

You cannot get rid of household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health. This includes burning it.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service advise that burning garden waste should be a last resort. 

If you do choose to burn your garden waste:

  • contact the fire control team on 0116 263 4180 to let them know – this will help prevent unnecessary callouts to emergency services
  • keep bonfires away from sheds, trees and fences
  • do not use accelerants, such as petrol
  • do not leave fires unattended
  • have a bucket of water nearby

Get more information and advice about burning waste


Fly-tipping (illegally dumping rubbish) is a criminal offence, and you could face a fixed penalty notice, an unlimited fine, a criminal record or time in prison.  

Leaving waste outside a household waste and recycling centre is classed as fly-tipping.  

Even if you mean well and leave items outside a charity shop, or next to full recycling bins - this is still fly-tipping. 

If you use a third-party waste carrier, check they have the right licence - if your waste is fly-tipped by an unlicensed carrier, you would be responsible for this.