Bin Collection

Bin collections are moving back to a 3-weekly green bin collection, and a 2 weekly recycling collection:

From the week beginning 22 June

If you live in Dunoon and Cowal, Mid Argyll, Tarbert, Oban and Lorn, Coll, Colonsay, Tiree, Lismore and Helensburgh and Lomond, your normal schedule for general waste and blue bins will restart during the week beginning 22 June. You will be able to check what date your bins go out for your area from 19 June.

From week beginning 29 June

If you live in Kintyre (south of Kennacraig), Islay/Jura and Mull/Iona, your normal schedule will resume during the week beginning 29 June. You will be able to check what date your bins go out for your area from 26 June.

Bute will also go back to three-weekly bin collections during the week beginning 29 June. However, Bute households were given a new two weekly timetable for waste during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep that new cycle for your recycling, as service providers have changed, and revert to the previous three-weekly timetable for putting out domestic waste. You can look up your updated calendars from 26 June.

Find out more details about the changes in our press release

Our FAQs provide you with answers to many questions about the changes to bin collections from 22nd June, including information about how to find our your collection dates, collection of stored recycling, plans for kerbside glass and food collections, assisted uplifts, and many other questions you may have about the changes to bin collections:

Read our FAQS about the changes to bin collections from 22nd June here

Please check the individual arrangements for your area using the links below

  Rubbish and
recycling centres
  Keeping your
bins clean

Find out the bin collection arrangements in your area - your bin calendars, what goes in your bins for rubbish and recycling, and where to find local reycling points in your area:

If you can't find the rubbish or bin collection information for your area, or if you require any further information, please call the Contact Centre on 01546 605514.

Rubbish and recycling collections for businesses - For commercial rubbish and recycling collection dates please see your individual contract agreed with the council. Find out more about commercial waste collections here

Assisted bin collections

Did you know that we can provide an assisted bin collection service if you are not able to put your wheelie bin out for collection yourself? (for example because of mobility problems or illness).

You can apply for an assisted collection if you have no other member of your household who is able to help, and you are not able to put out your bins yourself because of a mobility problem or illness.

To apply, please fill in our online form, call us on 01546 605514 or email and an application form will be sent out to you.

Some basic guidance on the use of your wheelie bin

If you have any general enquiries about the use of your domestic bin you can get in touch with us using our online form.

The wheeled bin must be used, and no excess or side waste should be placed outwith the bin.
Please return your bin back onto your property as soon as reasonably possible after collection.
Do not leave a bin permanently on the footpath.

Points to Remember

DO make sure your bin is available on your designated bin collection day, by the time stated for your area. Bin collection times may vary due to operational changes. However, we will try to catch up as soon as possible.

  • DO make sure the lid is fully closed with the handle facing towards the kerb.
  • DO make sure your bin is returned to your property after rubbish collection
  • DO maintain access to your street on collection day. If access to your bin is impossible, we will be unable to empty it.
  • DO use the kerbside recycling collection services where available or take recyclables to a recycling site.
  • DO compost your garden waste at home or take it to a recycling and civic amenity site.
  • DO use our chargeable special uplift service for items not suitable for your wheelie bin. Restrictions apply so please fill in our online request form or contact 01546 605514 for advice.
  • DON'T place hot ashes in your bin.
  • DON'T leave your bin permanently on the footpath
  • DON'T pack it too tightly.
  • DON'T leave excess waste beside it. Waste presented for collection should be contained only in the wheeled bin with the lid fully closed. EXCESS WASTE WILL NOT BE UPLIFTED.

Homes on unadopted roads

We will collect bins from unadopted roads providing that the road is safe for the bin lorry. The driver will decide on the day whether the road is safe. If your road is found not to be safe then we will arrange with you a suitable collection point, most likely at the end of your road where it joins the public highway.


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