Kerbside Recycling Service
Red and blue boxes
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You can find out if your street has a red and blue box collection by entering your postcode at GreenBoxDay. If your street isn't listed then check out the recycling points page for another way to recycle.
Put your box out fon the kerbside by 8am on your collection day. If your box is not collected you can use our report a missed collection form.
You can order red and blue boxes using our recycling box/bag or garden waste bins online form. There is a 4-6 week delivery wait time for red and blue boxes. In the meantime you can use old plastic bags (except black rubbish bags) or any other box.
Replacement box covers and recycling bags are also available from your local library or local neighbourhood office. If you haven't got space for boxes, then blue foldable canvas sacks are available, you can request them by calling 0131 529 3030 or by emailing email@example.com with your full address. You can use these on red box days, just make sure you put in the right materials for that collection day.
You can put your plastic bottles into the plastic bottle bag or mixed in the red box. It would be really helpful if all materials presented for recycling were weighed down to stop them blowing around on windy days. You can seal the bag with an elastic band or clothes peg and secure it by presenting it between the red box and a garden wall, or by placing a weight on top.
|Blue box||Glass bottles, glass jars, food and drinks cans/tins, empty aerosols and clean Aluminium foil|
|Blue bag||Newspapers, magazines, computer paper, unwanted mail (excluding envelopes), all directories, wrapping paper ( we can't accept metalic or plastic coated wrapping paper)
|Textile bag||Clothes, towels, clean sheets and shoes (in pairs)|
|Small clear bag (e.g sandwich/freezer bag)||All types of household batteries (shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. Check in local shops and supermarkets)
Items that you can recycle in the red box
|Red box||Cardboard, cardboard food and drinks cartons (e.g. tetrapak type cartons), cereal boxes and greeting cards|
|Large clear plastic bag||All types of clean plastic bottles (please remove lids)
You can also put plastic bottles in the red box with the cardboard
Find out how to get help putting out your boxes for collection - visit our assisted collection page.
Looking to recycle something not on the accepted list? Find out more ways to recycle.
Services for Communities33 Murrayburn Road, Edinburgh, EH14 2TF
Tel: 0131 529 3030
Fax: 0131 469 5149