Recycling advice, and where you can recycle in your area

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

There are a wide range of ways you can recycle, from your household recycling collections to your local recycling facilities. Find out what's available in your area here:

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

Some major supermarkets accept different types of soft plastic bags and packaging for recycling instore. For more information on what kind of wrapping can be recycled at which supermarkets, check out the Recycle Now Recycling Locator.

Find out what happens to the items you recycle in Argyll and Bute.

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

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

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