Changes to bins, roads and amenity services

Keeping people safe from the spread of coronavirus means making changes to how we work.

We must concentrate on the services that will help to keep people safe, and that the council must deliver by law.

To ensure we have enough people to do what we need to do, we have made some changes to services.

We will continue to:

  • Providing burial and cremation services but limiting attendance to immediate family members only (up to a maximum number of 8);
  • Limit ferry and air travel via our ferries and Oban airport to emergency/essential travel only
  • Make repairs to dangerous defects in infrastructure and follow up inspections as required;
  • Respond to emergency call outs and winter maintenance as necessary; and
  • Provide any home to school transport as required for essential/key workers.
  • Commercial waste uplifts for businesses that are permitted to continue to trade and have a contract with us. Those that deal with food will have their food waste collected separately.

These are services which we have had to stand down due to comply with government guidelines around social distancing, for the three weeks that current guidance on staying safe is in place, and to meet staff shortages:

  • Public conveniences to be closed.
  • Emergency road repairs to continue; all other road works to cease on account of lack of materials and staff. All roadworks to cease and current jobs will be made safe and traffic management will be removed where possible.
  • Following Scottish Government instructions, play parks will close immediately, along with outdoor gyms. Football pitches should no longer be used for matches, but can be used for exercising as long as social distancing is respected.
  • Civic amenity sites (recycling centres) are currently closed to the public. They will re-open on 1st June.
    Please check the arrangements for your local  site on our Recycling centres pages
  • We have introduced a two-weekly bin collection - please see below for full details. You can put out a maximum of two bins (any colour) containing mixed waste and recycling.  They should be placed for collection at the kerbside according to the Blue Bin Schedule for your area, every two weeks. Both bins will be tipped into the same bin lorry. The vast majority will go to landfill. We would ask our communities please to store as much recycling as possible at home so that we can keep landfill waste to a minimum.
  • Bute and Kintyre have different arrangements - see below for more information about the schedule for these areas.
  • There will be one more collection of commercial waste for businesses that have to close as a result of the response to Covid-19. It will then stop for customers who don’t need it. There will still be a service for businesses that are open and have a contract with us eg supermarkets.

During the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, the council will empty bins every two weeks and recycling and general waste will be collected at the same time.

Please put out up to two bins on the day that you would normally put out your recycling (blue bin/bag). You can check your recycling collection day by entering your postcode on our household bin collection page (for all areas except Bute and Kintyre)

This gives each household more collections.

Please see our FAQs document for full details.

Arrangements for Bute and Kintyre

Current routes in Bute and Kintyre are designed for different vehicles and staffing levels. To make fortnightly collections possible we have to design new routes.

Kintyre Recycling will also be commencing new 4 weekly Recycling collections from MONDAY APRIL 13TH. This will be in addition to the 2-weekly green bin collection arrangements for Kintyre. You can find your new 4-weekly recycling calendar for Kintyre here on the website

The situation is fluid and we may need to make changes at short notice. Urgent changes will be posted on our website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/service-disruptions. Information on longer-term changes will be issued on our social media channels, website and local press.

We would appeal to members of the public to work with us during this challenging time. We are working hard to protect our frontline staff. You can help us by reading the guidance about waste disposal if someone in the household has or is suspected of having COVID-19: NHS Inform - Guidance for households

We will resume services wherever possible. Until then, our focus is on maintaining the most vital services. Thank you.

Garden bonfires during COVID 19 lockdown

At this difficult time, when we all must stay in our homes, please be considerate to your neighbour. We are all in this together so let’s work together. Ask yourself: “Do I need to burn the garden waste right now?”

Please wait and consider your actions.

Before starting a garden bonfire, always check if your neighbours’ windows are open or if there is washing out drying.  If possible do your burning after 18.00 hours.

From the safety of your garden, call out to your neighbours and discuss when would be a good time to burn your garden waste. Find out more on our bonfire advice page.

Stay safe.