Islay and Jura

From Tuesday 28 May 2019 householders and businesses on Islay and Jura will no longer have to put recyclable material (plastic bottles, tubs and trays, tins, cans and empty aerosols) into separate plastic bags before they are put into blue bins. Instead you can simply put all the material directly into your blue bin. There are no changes to the materials collected, dates of collection or collection frequencies; the only change is removing the need to put it in bags. The council will therefore no longer provide plastic bags to households on Islay and Jura after 28 May 2019.

Previously, bagging of recyclables was done to help hand sorting of recyclables on Islay and Jura, however the process has now been improved to use the mechanical recycling facility on the mainland and so it is no longer required. Putting recyclables directly into the bin is more convenient for customers, will reduce the use of plastic and will save the council around £4,000 a year. So please remember that from Tuesday 28th May you can simply put your recyclable waste straight into the blue bins provided.

How your recycling is processed

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Read our Questions and Answers about your bin collections

Please put your bin out by 7 am on your collection day

 

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

YesInclude:

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

No Please 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 and card

Your blue bin is emptied every 2 weeks

  • Please put paper and cardboard in your blue bin.
  • Please do not put items into plastic bags, just straight into the bin

YesInclude:

  • office and printer paper
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Telephone directories
  • Unwanted mail
  • Envelopes (without the windows)
  • books

No Please don't include:


  • tissues
  • metallic wrapping paper
  • paper and card contaminated with food
  • painted paper or card

* From Tuesday 28th May these items will no longer need to go in bags, they can go directly into your blue bin *

 

Your recycling bags are for plastic and cans

Your recycling bags are collected at the same time as your blue bin (every 2 weeks)
  • Please remove all caps and lids - there is no need to remove labels

YesInclude:

  • plastic bottles, tubs, pots, food trays (please rinse contents first)
  • alumunium and steel cans and tins (please wash food and drink traces off first)
  • Empty aerosols
  • clean foil containers (takeaway food etc)

No Please don't include:


  • plastic contaminated with food or cleaning products

Free collection of electrical items

Between November and March, households can arrange free collection of electrical items from their home. The dates available for collections in each are are shown on the calendar below. If you wish to make use of this service on any of the dates shown, please call 01496 301360 around a week before your chosen date to arrange the uplift.

Islay and Jura electrical collection calendar

What can we collect?

TVs, video / DVD players, computer equipment, washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, cookers, fridges, freezers, toasters, kettles and any other electrical or battery operated household items