Colonsay bin collection

Rubbish and recycling collections for the Isle of Colonsay.

Find your bin collection calendar by entering your postcode

Please put your bin out by 8am on your collection day

Read our Questions and Answers about your bin collections

What goes in your recycling bags?

You no longer need to separate out the different types of recycling into different bags - you can now put all your paper, cardboard, tins, cans and plastics into the same recycling bag

Further information on recycling plastics, including which plastic symbol numbers we accept, can be found in our Recycling section

Your recycling bags are for paper, card, cans and plastic.

Your bags are collected every 2 weeks

  • Please rinse cans, cartons and plastics before putting them in the bin
  • Please leave the lids off bottles so they can be squashed, or squash them and put the lids back on


  • food, drink and aerosol cans
  • clean plastic drinks, milk, detergent or cosmetic bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • paper, newspaper, brochures, magazines, envelopes, books
  • food packaging cardboard / packaging sleeves
  • cereal boxes
  • egg boxes
  • cardboard boxes / packaging
  • drinks cartons / tetrapaks
  • clean foil containers (takeaway food etc)

Please don't include:

  • oil or paint tins
  • plastic bags or liners
  • other types of plastic packaging
  • tissues
  • metallic wrapping paper
  • paper and card contaminated with food
  • painted paper or card
Green bin

What goes in your green bin?

Your green bin is for general rubbish

Your green bin is emptied every 3 weeks

Please use your green bin for all the general rubbish that we can't recycle


  • nappies
  • cling film, bubble wrap, or food contaminated plastics
  • non-recyclable plastics
  • polystyrene packing
  • items that can't be recycled

Please don't include:

  • items that can be recycled
  • batteries and electrical equipment
  • rubble, soil, stone or bricks
  • bulky items
  • Only 1 green bin per household will be emptied (apart from some exceptions - find out more in our FAQs)
  • Please ensure your bin is clearly labelled with your house number or name

Please don’t, under any circumstances, put potentially flammable items such as batteries or marine flares in your household wheelie bins.

  • Batteries: these can be recycled safely at shops selling batteries or at our civic amenity sites - further information on recycling batteries.
  • Marine flares: please contact your nearest marina who will be able to advise you on the correct disposal route.
Green wheelie bin
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