Reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill is at the heart of what we do. It’s best for the planet, and it saves money that can be used to protect services that matter to our residents.
We encourage people to do what they can to:
- reduce the amount of rubbish you produce, for example food waste
- re-use items, where possible, rather than throw them away, and
- use all the options for recycling available to you. Only then should we send materials to landfill
More and more people recycle every day. Thank you for everything that you do, and by working together we can do more to protect our environment and our services.
Recycling in your area
As well as the recycling centres in each area, and the household recycling collections, there are also a number of local recycling points in our communities where you can take various items for recycling:
- Mid Argyll local recycling points
- Kintyre local recycling points
- Islay and Jura local recycling points
- Dunoon area local recycling points
- Bute local recycling points
- Helensburgh and Lomond local recycling points
- Oban area local recycling points
- Mull and the islands local recycling points
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.
Plastic bags and wrapping
You can recycle plastic bags and wrapping at some supermarkets. For more information on what kind of plastic bags and wrapping can be recycled at which supermarkets, check out the Recycle Now Recycling Locator.
A good source of waste reduction, re-use and recycling information is available through the Zero Waste Scotland website - www.zerowastescotland.org.uk
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 has useful information on their website about recycling plastics