Helensburgh and Lomond

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Ordering food bin liners

If you have run out of food bin liners, liners will be available for you to collect from some local shops until the end of August - find out which shops have stocks of liners here

If you are unable to get to the shop to pick up bags ready for the first collection, please put your clean, EMPTY caddy, with any bag tied to the handle, out on the kerbside on your first collection day. We will leave a roll of bags in the caddy and you can resume your food waste recycling as normal the following week.

Please don’t put out a caddy with unbagged food waste, particularly if you need a roll of caddy bags.  We won’t leave a clean roll of bags in a dirty caddy.

Read our Questions and Answers about changes to your bin collections

Please put your bin out by 6 am on your collection day

Bin collections now take place between 6am and 10pm on your collection day, so if you think your bin has been missed during the day, please wait until after 10pm to report a missed bin in case your area has an evening collection.


Green binYour green bin is for general rubbish

Your green bin is emptied every 3 weeks

Please use your green bin for all the general rubbish that we can't recycle


  • nappies
  • cling film, bubble wrap, or food contaminated plastics
  • non-recyclable plastics
  • polystyrene packing
  • items that can't be recycled

NoPlease don't include:

  • items that can be recycled
  • batteries and electrical equipment
  • rubble, soil, stone or bricks
  • bulky items


Green binYour blue bin is for paper, card, cans and plastic

Your blue bin is emptied every 2 weeks

  • Please do not put items into plastic bags, just straight into the bin
  • Please rinse cans, cartons and plastics before putting them in the bin
  • Please leave the lids off bottles so they can be squashed, or squash them and put the lids back on
  • Shredded paper can be put into a recyclable item first, for example, a cereal box


  • food, drink and aerosol cans
  • clean plastic drinks, detergent or cosmetic bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • paper, newspaper, brochures, magazines, envelopes, books
  • food packaging cardboard / packaging sleeves
  • cereal boxes
  • egg boxes
  • cardboard boxes / packaging
  • drinks cartons / tetrapaks
  • clean foil containers (takeaway food etc)

NoPlease don't include:

  • oil or paint tins
  • plastic bags or liners
  • other types of plastic packaging
  • tissues
  • metallic wrapping paper
  • paper and card contaminated with food
  • painted paper or card


Green binYour grey bin is for glass

Your grey bin in collected every 4 weeks
  • Please put the glass straight into the bin, not into bags or liners
  • You can also put metal lids or caps back onto the bottles and into your grey bin, and there is no need to remove labels


  • cooking sauce bottles
  • cooking oil bottles
  • wine bottles
  • beer bottles
  • soft drink bottles
  • coffee jars
  • food jars e.g pasta sauce, jam, baby food, pickles

NoPlease don't include:

  • pyrex and ceramics
  • plates and cups
  • window pane glass
  • drinking glasses
  • spectacles
  • light bulbs
  • mirrors
  • corks or plastic lids

Green bin 2Your food bin is for all your food waste

Your food waste bin is emptied every week

You can use your 7 litre kitchen caddy to collect your food waste before putting it in your 23 litre food waste bin

YesInclude all food waste:

  • meat and fish, including bones
  • fruit and vegetables
  • dairy products
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • beans, pasta and rice
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • used kitchen towel and paper with food residue
  • Pet food


  • please try and ensure only full bags of kitchen waste are put in the food waste bin to minimise the number of bags required
  • When you need more liners, please tie an unused food waste liner to the handle of your outside caddy as a sign that you need more liners for your food waste caddy. A new supply will then be left inside the bin. Supplies of liners can also be collected from the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, or any of the libraries in the area.
  • please use either the caddy liners provided by us when putting food into your food waste bin, or fully compostable carrier bags (some supermarkets such as the Co-op and Waitrose now provide these in their stores) can also be used

Please don’t, under any circumstances, put potentially flammable items in your household wheelie bins.

  • Batteries: these can be recycled safely at shops selling batteries or at our civic amenity sites.
  • Marine flares: please contact your nearest marina who will be able to advise you on the correct disposal route.