Household Waste Advice

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

This page has information, tips and advice about:

  1. Household waste and recycling centres
  2. Site Rules
  3. Bulky waste collections
  4. Recycling (grey bin)
  5. Garden waste
  6. Food waste
  7. Textiles
  8. Burning waste
  9. Fly-tipping
  10. COVID-19 personal waste
  11. Bin collection updates

Household waste and recycling centres (HWRC)

Essential waste is any type of waste material that can’t be stored at home without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to you or other members of your household.

If you can temporarily store your waste in a way that does not pose a risk to your health or safety, please do so.

Site address and opening hours:

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

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

Where possible, continue to use weekly kerbside collections, our bulky waste service or hold on to your waste for a few more weeks.

Only bring waste to the site if you cannot safely store it at home, or dispose of it in other legitimate ways

Special measures

So the site can run safely and meet social distancing guidelines, we will put some special measures in place, including:

  • A maximum of four vehicles unloading on-site at a time, with no more than two people per vehicle.
  • Visitors must stay two metres away from each other and site staff at all times.
  • The site will close for 15 minutes at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm each day for cleaning.
  • No trailers or horseboxes will be accepted on-site at Cottesmore because of the need to move vehicles in and out as quickly as possible.
  • Trailers can access the North Luffenham site but are restricted to 2.05m in length
  • We ask you to pre-sort your waste and separate out materials like metal, wood and plastics before you come to the site.
  • Staff at the site will provide instructions, but cannot help to unload or put your waste into containers.

See our FAQ for more information

See our Route Map

See the site plan

Site Rules

Please follow the COVID-19 measures when you visit:

  • Stay two metres away from other visitors and staff at all times 
  • Wear a face mask if you can
  • Only one person at a time to dispose of waste in any container
  • Only one person to access the staircases at a time
  • Do not visit if you or anyone from your household have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Two people from the same household may leave their vehicle only to carry large items
  • Other passengers must remain in the car
  • Wash your hands regularly

Bulky waste collections

If you have bulky waste, please keep it somewhere dry and safe at your property until our sites reopen. You’ll find updates on our website, Twitter and Facebook.

If you do have to dispose of bulky items while the household waste and recycling centres are closed, we have a limited number of bulky waste collections available to book.

The bulky waste collection service costs £35, for up to four items. Call our customer services team on 01572 722577 to book.

Find out more about bulky waste collections


The quality of your recycling is important.

We understand that your bins may be filling up - please don’t be tempted to put contaminated or incorrect items in your recycling bin.

These items can’t be recycled and can lead to good recycling being contaminated and rejected, meaning it might end up in landfill. 

Remember to: 

  • empty, rinse and dry all 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 that can be recycled in our recycling a-z

Garden waste

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

Composting reduces the amount of biodegradable material going into your general waste 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 often throw lots of these items away, a compost bin could be a good way to reduce your waste and produce a free source of compost to help your garden.  

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

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

Find more information about home composting

Burning garden waste is discouraged as this 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.  

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. 

Charity shops rely on donations of unwanted clothes that are good condition. 

Please do not leave donations outside shops – keep hold of them until they reopen.

You can put worn out clothes in one of the local textiles recycling banks.

Now is a good time to learn about how to make your clothes last longer, care for and repair your clothing - the Love Your Clothes website 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 (LFRS) advise that burning garden waste should be a last resort. 

However, if you do feel you need to burn your garden waste:

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

You can find full guidance on the LFRS website.  


Fly-tipping (illegally dumping rubbish) is a criminal offence, and you could be prosecuted.  

Consequences range from a fixed penalty notice to an unlimited fine, a criminal record or time in prison.  

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

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

If you use a third-party waste carrier, check they have the correct licence to collect waste - if your waste is fly-tipped by an unlicensed carrier, it’s still your responsibility.  

COVID-19 personal waste

If you are shielding because you fall into a high risk category, you can continue to dispose of your general waste and recycling as normal. 

If you’re self-isolating because you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus, most of your household waste can still go in your black or grey bin.

You must secure and safely store any personal waste before putting it out for collection (for example used tissues, kitchen paper and disposable cleaning cloths):

  1. Put personal waste into a disposable rubbish bag.
  2. Put the bag into another bag, securely tie it 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 waste bin.


Please do not contaminate your grey bin with personal waste.  

If you or someone you live with has tested positive for coronavirus, and it’s not possible for you to store personal waste, contact our customer services team:

T: 01572 722577


Bin collection updates

Kerbside bin collections are currently running as usual.

Find the latest information about changes and closures to Council services

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