It is important to dispose of your household waste correctly, so it does not cause problems for you, your neighbours, or the local environment.

Most housing in Leeds has two types of bins for your household waste, which are emptied by Leeds City Council. If you live in a shared house or flat, you might have a bigger bin that is shared with other people living in the same property.

These are:

  • Green bins: for materials that can be recycled including paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastics with a number 1, 2 or 4 on them. Please try to recycle as much as you can to help the environment. Green bins are emptied once a month. You must not put glass items in your green bin. Instead you should take them to a glass recycling unit at your local council tip or at supermarkets.
  • Black bins: for general household waste that can not be recycled including food waste and nappies. Black bins are emptied once a week. Be aware, there are some types of waste you are not allowed to put in your black bin. You must use council tips for these. You can find out more about tips below.
  • Brown bins: for garden waste. Not all households have these, only in some areas of Leeds.

Find out more about using your household bins correctly on the Leeds City Council website:

Using Your Household Bins Correctly

Putting your bins out

Bins are collected on different days of the week in different areas of Leeds. You can find out when your bins are collected on the Leeds City Council website:

Check Your Bin Day

You should put your bin out on the street before 7am on collection day and bring it back into your garden or the grounds of your property on the same day after it has been emptied.

If you live in Harehills and Armley, be aware there are extra rules in place by Leeds City Council called Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) . This means it is an offence to leave your bin out on the street before 6pm the day before collection day and after 9am on collection day and you will be fined £100 if you are caught.

Be aware, you need to make sure the lid of your black bin closes properly even if it is full, otherwise your waste will not be taken away. Also, if you leave bags of waste next to your bin or on top of it, they will not be taken away. You will need to wait until your bin is emptied and put them inside.


The Council has a guide that tells you where to dispose of different items of waste:

Find Out Where to Dispose of Different Items of Waste

Council tips

There are 8 council tips and recycling sites in Leeds where you can take big items such as household appliances, furniture, and other items you are not allowed to put in your bin. You will need a resident’s permit.

Leeds City Council website tells you where to find your local site, and how to get a resident’s permit.

Recycling Sites in Leeds

Be aware, there are costs to dispose of some types of household waste. Find out more here:

Waste Disposal Charges

If you own a business, there are also costs to dispose of your waste from the business. Find out more here:

Business Waste

Giving items to charity

You could donate your unwanted items to a charity shop if they are in good condition. Some shops will collect them from you if you do not drive. Remember you can also use charity shops to find affordable second-hand furniture and items for your house. Find out more about charity shops (LINK)

Council collections

The council may also collect some items from you if you cannot transport them to a tip. Be aware, it can take up to 3 weeks, and there is a cost of £20 per item and rules you have to follow.

Find out more on the Leeds City Council website:

How to Get Rid of Unwanted Items

What you are not allowed to do


It is illegal to leave your waste on the street or council land. This includes household waste and large items for example, furniture, electrical goods or mattresses. This is called fly-tipping and you could be fined up to £50,000 if you are caught. If you see fly tipping you should report it to the Council.

Find out more on the Leeds City Council website:

Fly Tipping and Waste Issues


It is illegal to drop litter and cigarettes in a public place, including on the streets outside your house. If you are caught, you could be fined from £100 to £1,000.

Find out more about the rules on litter on the Leeds City Council website:

Street Cleaning and Dog Fouling


There are some rules in Leeds that you must follow if you have a dog. They include:

  • It is illegal to leave dog poo on the street or in a public place and you could be fined £100. You must pick it up and put it in a bin.
  • You can only walk a maximum of four dogs at the same time.
  • Your dog must be under control at all times and on a lead on pavements or next to roads.

Find out more about rules for dog owners in this Leeds City Council leaflet:

Rules for Dog Owners

Last Updated: 13 May 2019

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