This page was last updated: 03/04/2020 14:24:31


As part of our response to COVID-19, waste and recycling collection services may be subject to change.

Where services require to change due to resource availability, we will prioritise services. It is important to consider a number of things at this time:

  • We may not have available resource to return for any missed bins – it is important to place your bins/boxes out for collection by 6:30am on your collection day.
  • As more people will be working from home, please consider where you park your car on your scheduled collection days. Good practice would be to park more than 10m from a junction, park close to the kerb, with wing mirrors folded in.
  • As services are suspended, we will not accept any reports of missed bins
  • As services are suspended we will update online collection calendars

Whilst we understand this may result in your household having surplus recyclate e.g. paper and cardboard, plastics, cans and cartons, these materials can be safely stockpiled at home, and we would recommend you take the following actions:

  • Wash, rinse and squash all containers
  • Cut up and flatten cardboard
  • Store clean excess materials in boxes or bags
  • Garden clippings and cuttings will naturally start to decompose within your brown bin, as will any excess stored in a pile in your garden or in a composter unit
  • As part of your daily exercise, glass can be dropped off at recycling points

Recycling centres (service suspended)

Our recycling centres are closed for the time being due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Having been open for essential trips, it has become clear that these centres are not being used on that basis and, accordingly, a decision has been made to cease provision of this service with effect from close of business on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Green bin collections (operating as normal)

This is a priority collection service. Please put out your bin for collection for 6:30am as per your collection schedule. Be aware that collection times may vary.

Given the need to suspend other collections, from Monday 30 March households can present for collection up to two bin bags worth of waste along with the green bin, this will remain under review.

If your household is affected by COVID–19, NHS Inform website advises the following:

You can securely store personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths within disposable rubbish bags. These should be:

  • placed into another bag
  • tied securely
  • kept separate from other waste in your room
  • put aside for at least 72 hours before being putting in your usual external household waste bin

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Food waste collections (operating as normal)

This is a priority collection service. Please put out containers for collection for 6:30am as per your collection schedule. Be aware that collection times may vary.

Glass collections (service suspended)

This service is currently suspended.

Absorbent Hygiene Products (operating as normal)

Please put out sacks for collection for 6:30am as normal. Continue to request replacement AHP sacks via the website as normal.

Blue bin collections (service suspended)

We have tried to continue this services but challenges with staff absence and Government guidance on social distancing has meant that it is not currently possible. The situation is being continuously reviewed and this page will be updated regularly. Calendars have been changed to reflect this.

Burgundy bin collections (service suspended)

We have tried to continue this services but challenges with staff absence and Government guidance on social distancing has meant that it is not currently possible. The situation is being continuously reviewed and this page will be updated regularly. Calendars have been changed to reflect this.

Bulky waste collections (service suspended)

Where we have not been able to honour existing bookings, as our resources have been switched to priority collections, we will contact you.

Brown bin collections (service suspended)

This service is currently suspended.

This is so we can undertake priority collections.

Waste engagement and education activities (service suspended)

This service is currently suspended.

If an event or home visit has been arranged, you will receive an email/call from the Waste Services team. Applications for additional waste and recycling capacity will continue, with officers making contact by telephone or electronically to discuss applications.

Assisted collections

Due to changes in staff, your waste/recycling may be collected by a different crew and at a different time. Ensure your containers are easily accessible and visible.

Community Litter Picks (service suspended)

This service is currently suspended.

We cannot support community litter picks. This includes loans of litter pickers and collection/disposal of collected litter. Keep Scotland Beautiful have also suspended Keep Scotland Clean 2020 events.

Litter/dogs bins and street cleansing (limited operation)

Priority is being given to the servicing of street litter bins.

One-off collection service (service suspended)

Currently unavailable due to delivery of priority services. No one-off collection requests for green bins will be accepted.

Missed bins

Where services are suspended, no missed bins will be recorded.