What goes in your bins

5. Green bin (non-recyclable waste)

Your green bin will be collected every three weeks as per your bin collection calendar. Bins should be placed out the night before collection day, however in some town centre areas bins may require to be placed out on the day of collection.

Find out when your bins will get uplifted.

Check your bin collection day

Collections will take place between 5.45am – 2.00pm (Mon-Thur), 5.45am-1.30pm (Fri). If your bin was not collected please report a missed bin collection.

What goes in my green bin?

Your green bin is for waste that cannot be recycled, including polystyrene.

Waste that cannot be recycled is commonly called “black bag waste”, “general waste” or “residual waste”. The best description of this waste is “non-recyclable waste”, which reflects the fact that containers for such waste should only contain anything that is left after all efforts to recycle have been exhausted.

The household recycling charter states: We will reduce the capacity provided for waste that cannot be recycled to give the appropriate motivation to our citizens to recycle. Thus, we will ensure that all citizens, whether at the kerbside or within their local community, are limited to non-recyclable (i.e. black bag/general waste/residual waste) waste volumes in line with the established Code of Practice.

View the Household Waste Recycling Charter from Zero Waste Scotland.

Do not place any additional bags next to your green bin.

What if the waste items can't fit in the bin?

You can arrange for bulky household waste to be collected via the special uplift service, please contact 0300 123 0900 for further information. You can also take a wide range of bulky household waste and recyclates to your local Recycling Centre.

Book a Bulky Uplift

Request an additional bin

For households that have six or more people residing in the one house or for householders that have clinical needs, permission may be give for an additional green bin. Each application is individually assessed by the Waste Management department.

Please note that only one green bin per household will be emptied.

Request a bin

Additional information

If you are unsure whether a certain item can be recycled, please contact the recycling helpline on 0300 123 0900.