Two weekly bin collections from Monday 6 April

Published Date: 

3 Apr 2020 - 14:50

During the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, the council will introduce a simplified, two-weekly bin collection where 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 look up your collection date on the website.This applies to all areas; but if you live in Kintyre or on Bute, please find your arrangements in the tables at the end of this article.

This gives each household more collections.

However, the consequence is that, for the time being, recyclable materials will go into the general waste stream. This allows us to organise a schedule that will protect our staff and meet guidance on social distancing.

This approach is being taken by a number of local authorities across Scotland during this pandemic.

Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “We’ve listened to public concerns and the whole council is working tirelessly to help protect our communities from the threat of coronavirus.

“Our frontline workers are going to extraordinary lengths to deliver services by changing the way we work to make best use of the resources we have.

“This model is deliverable, although this may in time need staff to be utilised from wider teams, such as roads and grounds staff. This means we will only be making emergency road repairs in very serious situations.

“Please be assured, Argyll and Bute Council takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and you can help. If you have the option to store recycling until we can resume this service, we would be grateful. Here are some tips for storing it safely:

Make sure you wash out plastic bottles (especially milk bottles) and trays thoroughly;

  • Squash plastic bottles and then put the lid back on;

  • Stack trays the same size inside each other to save space;

  • Flatten cardboard boxes and paper;

  • If you can, crush your cans;

  • Rinse and flatten Tetrapaks (juice cartons etc);

  • Once your bin is full, please start storing the recycling in plastic bags, or inside large cardboard boxes, in a dry place.

“Buying and preparing only what you need can help cut down the amount of food thrown away. Every household in Scotland could save £460 each year by throwing out less - worth thinking about at the moment when getting to the shops is more difficult. See for information on how you can cut down food waste.”

For more information, there are answers to some questions you may have on

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.

These are the arrangements we have in place for Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 April. These will be updated as soon as possible so please look out for information on the council website, social media or register with our Keep in the Loop service:

Arrangements for Bute

Monday 6 April

Tuesday 7 April

Rothesay Town Centre


Albert Place

Argyle Street (to Pavilion)

Barone Scheme

Battery Place

Bishop Street

Bishop Terrace Brae

Bridge Park

Bridge Street

Bridgend Street

Castlehill Street

East Princes Street


Gowanfield Terrace

Guildford Square

High Street (Guildford Sq. - Castle St.)

King Street

Montague Street

Mountstuart Road

Pier & Mid Pier

Queen Street

Springfield Place

The Watergate

Victoria Street

West Princes Street




Albany Road

Ardencraig Lane

Ardencraig Road

Ascog Main Road

Bishop Terrace

Bogany Road

Canada Hill

Craigmore Road


Crichton Road

Eastlands Farm

Fauldtrees Road

Grosvenor Road

Leopold Road

Montford Terrace

Riding School

Riverside Drive

Roseland Caravan Park

Wellpark Road

Westfield Grove


 Arrangements for Kintyre


Monday 6 April

Tuesday 7 April

Campbeltown West

Davaar Scheme and Sound of Kintyre

Argyll Street


Barochan Street

Bellmhore Court

Benmore Street

Bolgam Street



Burnside Street

Campbeltown Pontoons

Castlehill Mansions

Ciaran Court


Cross Street


Glenside Tractors

Hall Street


Hazelbank Court

Hollyrood Court

Hutcheon Court

Hutcheon Road

John Street and Flats facing Kinloch Green

Kilkerran Road

Kinloch Road

Kinloch Road

Kintyre Gardens

Kirk Street


Limecraigs House

Limecraigs Road

Lochend Street



Longrow Flats

Longrow South

Main Street


McCallum Street

New Quay Head

Pensioners Row

Ramsay Place

Saddell Street

Shore Street


Snipefield Industrial Estate

St Johns Terrace

Union Street



Albyn Avenue

Albyn Avenue

Ballygregan Road

Calton Avenue

Clochkiel Farm

Dalriada Court

Davaar Avenue


Drumore Gardens

Glenburn Court



Hillside Brae

Hillside Farm

Hillside Flats

Lady Mary Row

Lorne Campbell Court

Mill Street

Millers Park

Millknowe Road

Old Millknowe Road

Properties en route to Snipefield

Properties en route to Sound of Kintyre


Roading Cottages

Snipefield Industrial Estate

Sound Of Kintyre

Vestas Factory