Household rubbish and recycling

Christmas treeThere will be some changes to scheduled bin collection dates over the Christmas and New Year period.

Check all festive bin collection arrangments here

All the household rubbish and recycling centres will be closed on 25th and 26th December 2022 and 1st and 2nd January 2023.

New bin calendars for 2023 are now available - 

Download your 2023 bin collection calendar

Find your local household rubbish and recycling centre

The links below will help you find a recycling centre, tip or dump near you and what the opening hours are. You can also find out what rubbish and recycling we collect in your area on our bin collection page.
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
By Lochgilphead
Bowmore, Isle of Islay
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Kilchattan, Isle of Colonsay
By Gallanach, Isle of Coll
Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree

Special collections for bulky waste

If you have large items of rubbish that don't fit in your wheelie bin, such as old beds, furniture, large electrical items or other bulky items, you can arrange for us to come and collect it from your home - find out more on our bulky waste page

(Please note - there is a charge for this service)

Local recycling points

Make an enquiry about your local recycling point

As well as the recycling centres in each area, there are also a number of local recycling points in our communities where you can take various items for recycling:

 

Green garden waste

We encourage residents wherever possible to recycle their green and garden wastes. One option is to compost at home which supports the environment and saves money by providing free compost for next year’s gardening.

Alternatively, you can take it to your local recycling centre where it will be sent for composting or recovery.

Finally, garden waste can be placed in your green bin where it will be disposed of appropriately. 

On no account should garden waste be fly-tipped. This is an offence, costs public money to remove and can result in a fine.

How to recycle more

The Recycle for Scotland website is a fantastic resource for finding out information on recycling, with advice on how to reduce the amount of waste your produce, how to reuse household items instead of throwing them out, and how and where to recycle items in Argyll and Bute. 

If you have an item to recycle and want to find out where you can take it, or if you want general information and advice on recycling such as what kerbside facilities exist in your area, or where your nearest recycling facilities are, the website can help you find all this information, and more, for the Argyll and Bute area.

A good source of waste reduction, re-use and recycling information is available through the Zero Waste Scotland website - www.zerowastescotland.org.uk

Argyll and Bute Council are committed to Recycling, and aim to be one of the top Rural Local Authorities in this field. We work closely with local recycling groups and also larger companies, to provide excellent recycling facilities across Argyll and Bute.

Advice on recycling plastics in your kerbside recycling

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays can be recycled in your kerbside recycling collection.

Some plastics have numbers to identify the type of plastic they are. The ones we accept for recycling are plastic symbol numbers:

  • 1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • 2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • 5 – Polypropylene (PP)

Not all plastics have identifying numbers, and if it doesn’t have a number, it doesn’t mean it can’t be recycled, just stick to the advice on which types of plastics we accept

Zero Waste Scotland also have useful information on their website about recycling plastics