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All businesses and homes in Leeds produce general waste, no matter how good your recycling plan is. This includes food scraps leftover from lunch, crisp packets, used paper towels and any other non-recyclable rubbish. Whatever you’d put in your black bin at home should be disposed of in a commercial general waste bin – otherwise, consider recycling it.

The council provides black bins to more than 340,000 households and weekly collections in most areas. But businesses must arrange commercial waste removal in Leeds of their general waste. At Divert we deliver free bins to store your general waste, have licensed waste carriers remove it, and dispose of it responsibly – diverting as much as possible away from landfill.

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Leeds general waste collections

Around 35% of domestic waste is recycled across Leeds according to the latest figures from Leeds City Council. This means about 65% of rubbish produced by homes is disposed of as general household waste in Leeds. While the council arranges collections of domestic general waste, businesses must organise commercial waste collection.

Common examples of general waste Leeds businesses produce regularly that we can collect include:

  • Snack wrappers and packets (that aren’t recyclable)
  • Food scraps
  • Used paper towels
  • Polystyrene trays and packets
  • Broken ceramic crockery
  • Metal pots and pans 

Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online for a free quote for commercial waste collection in Leeds.


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How commercial general waste
collection works in Leeds

Start with a free quote for the number and size of general waste bins you need in Leeds and how regularly you want them collected. We’ll deliver the general waste bins for free, you then fill each one up within any weight limits with non-recyclable rubbish and pay for the collection.

Our licensed waste carriers will come out in one of our purple trucks and remove your general waste bins. We aim to divert as much waste as possible away from landfill, so they’ll transport it to a responsible waste management facility in Leeds. 

Your general waste could end up at the Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) or a similar waste management centre. The process for disposal varies but it may be incinerated in carefully controlled conditions to generate heat and electricity. Some of the remnants may then be recycled into construction aggregate.

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Who needs general waste collection in Leeds?

All Leeds businesses create some amount of general waste in their daily activities. The likes of food scraps, wrappers, and other types of general waste are generated however hard you try to source sustainable materials and products. Leeds City Council won’t collect general waste from companies so commercial waste removal in Leeds is essential. 

At Divert we have a team of licensed waste carriers who can collect general waste from organisations of any size and industry. This ensures your general waste is removed and disposed of in a safe, legal, and responsible manner. Some of the main organisations we can help manage general waste in Leeds include:

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Shops
  • Schools
  • Hotels
  • Offices

Free commercial general waste bins in Leeds

We supply a range of wheelie bins to store general waste on your premises in Leeds before they’re collected. Two- and four-wheel bins are available in various sizes, which are easy to move around your site. They make separating general waste from your recyclable rubbish simple. We’ll deliver commercial general waste bins for free – you only pay for collection.

Combine the best size and collection frequency for cost-effective commercial waste management in Leeds. The general waste bins we provide include:

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  • 240 litre wheelie bins

    A two-wheel bin like you have at home to store 3 to 5 bags of waste.

  • 360 litre wheelie bins

    Slightly bigger two-wheel bin for 5 to 7 bags of general waste.

  • 660 litre wheelie bins

    A four-wheel bin that holds 10 to 12 bags of general waste.

  • 1100 litre wheelie bins

    The biggest wheelie bin that can store up to 15 bags of general waste.

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Local general waste management sites in Leeds

Leeds City Council provides collection of household general waste in Leeds by providing domestic properties with one or more black bins. However, if you have excess general waste you want to get rid of before your next collection you can take it to one of eight household waste recycling centres and tips in Leeds.

You can only dispose of commercial general waste in Leeds at the Kirkstall and Seacroft waste management sites. You must be a licensed waste carrier to do so. There’s a minimum charge of £45.73 to dispose of up to 200kg, while the cost of general waste disposal per tonne is £136.25 at both sites.

These eight sites all have the same opening hours and contact details, with the last entry 15 minutes before closing time.

Opening hours

Between 31 October 2022 to 26 March 2023 – 8am to 4pm

Between 27 March 2023 to 29 October 2023 – 8am to 6pm

Contact details

Email – [email protected]

  • Kirkstall HWRC

    Evanston Avenue 



    LS4 2HR​

  • Meanwood HWRC

    Meanwood Road



    LS7 2LP

  • Middleton HWRC

    Holme Well Road



    LS10 4TQ

  • Otley (Ellar Ghyll) HWRC

    Bradford Road


    LS21 3DN

  • Pudsey HWRC

    Richardshaw Road

    Grangefield Industrial Estate


    LS28 6LG

  • Seacroft HWRC

    Limewood Road



    LS14 1LU

  • Wetherby (Thorp Arch) HWRC

    Thorp Arch Industrial Estate


    LS23 7BJ

  • Yeadon HWRC

    Milner’s Road



    LS19 7JE

Why use Divert for general waste collection in Leeds?

Divert your general waste away from landfill to help keep Leeds as green as Woodhouse Moor and Temple Newsham Park. Save money on your landfill tax and commercial waste management in Leeds with free bins delivered and the ability to pick the number, sizes, and collection frequency tailored to your needs and budget.

Our team of drivers and customer service professionals are based in Yorkshire with great local knowledge and connections across Leeds. This ensures you receive efficient and cost-effective commercial waste removals in Leeds with your general waste disposed of responsibly at local waste management facilities. 

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Get a free quote for general waste collection in Leeds specific to your needs. Choose the number and size of bins you need and how often you want them collected, as well as where from, and we’ll provide a no-obligation quote. One of our friendly team can advise if you’re unsure of the best solution and answer any questions. Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online to organise commercial waste collection in Leeds today.

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Leeds general waste FAQs

  • Where can you collect general waste in Leeds?

    Our purple Divert trucks can collect general waste from anywhere across Leeds with an LS postcode. We’ll remove general waste bins from busy city centre bars to offices in Kirkstall and cosy cafes out in Ilkley. Book general and commercial waste removal in Leeds from:

    • Leeds city centre (LS1)
    • Woodhouse and Little London (LS2)
    • Burley and Kirkstall (LS3 and LS4)
    • Headingley, Hyde Park, and Meanwood (LS6)
    • Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, and Sheepscar (LS7)
    • Roundhay, Harehills, and Oakwood (LS8)
    • Burmantofts, East End Park, and Halton Moor (LS9)
    • Hunslet, Middleton, and Stourton (LS10)
    • Beeston, Cottingley, and Holbeck (LS11)
    • Armley, Wortley, and New Farnley (LS12)
    • Bramley, Moorside, and Rodley (LS13)
    • Seacroft, Thorner, and Killingbeck (LS14)
    • Cross Gates, Colton, and Temple Newsham (LS15)
    • Adel, Cookridge, Lawnswood, and Bramhope (LS16)
    • Alwoodley, Moortown, Shadwell, and Harewood (LS17)
    • Horsforth (LS18)
    • Yeadon, Rawdon, and Carlton (LS19)
    • Guiseley (LS20)
    • Otley (LS21)
    • Methley, Rothwell, and Woodlesford (LS26)
    • Morley, Churwell, and Gildersome (LS27)
  • What can you put in a black bin in Leeds?

    A black household bin in Leeds is for domestic general waste only. This includes many types of non-recyclable rubbish you produce at home such as food scraps, crisp, biscuit, and other non-recyclable food packets and snack wrappers, used kitchen paper and tissues, and more.

    Leeds City Council collects household black bins but will refuse them if it contains hazardous or heavy waste including:

    • Batteries, electrical items, and low-energy light bulbs
    • Gas bottles
    • Motor vehicle parts
    • Paint
    • Rubble or bricks
    • Soil or large branches
    • Syringes or needles
  • How much does general waste collection in Leeds cost?

    The price of general waste collection in Leeds depends on various factors. The number and size of bins you need, how often you want them collected, and where you’re based in the West Yorkshire city affect the price of removal. We can advise on cost-effective options for your organisation.

    The easiest way to find out how much general waste collection in Leeds costs your business is to contact us online or call 0333 444 0118 for a free no obligation quote.