Find out what goes in each bin

How to use your recycling bins and boxes

Check what goes in each bin. Please make sure you put the right items in the right bin. You may not have access to all services.

Residents in kerbside collection areas - individual bins and recycling boxes

Green wheelie bin - tins, cans, paper, cardboard, clean aluminium foil (for example foil trays) drinks cartons, envelopes, shredded paper, plastic bottles and bottle tops, pots, tubs and trays- put the items in loose, do not use plastic or black bags.
Some examples of plastic pots, tubs and trays include yoghurt pots, tubs containing cleaning products, meat trays, margarine tubs, ready-meal containers, punnet style containers that hold fruit / vegetables such as mushrooms or grapes and pots containing facial or body creams.

Blue box - glass (you don't have to remove metal or plastic lids), batteries, small electrical appliances and textiles

If any of your bins or electrical items are not collected please report a missed bin or call

0131 529 3030.

Grey wheelie bin - all waste that can't be recycled e.g. nappies, animal waste and polystyrene

Brown garden waste bin - flowers, plants, garden weeds, grass cuttings, hedge clippings, twigs, small branches, Christmas trees cut down to fit in bin.

Grey lidded kerbside food waste bin - all types of food, including uncooked and cooked, excluding liquids like cooking oil and milk. Bag your waste in compostable bags or old plastic bags.  You can buy compostable liners for your food waste caddy at all libraries for £1 a roll

Residents in the city centre (ward 11)

The red and blue box service will continue to be offered to residents in the city centre. This is because of the difficulty of putting recycling bins out in the World Heritage Site due to planning restrictions. Find your collection days

Red box - tins, cans, paper, cardboard, food and drinks cartons, envelopes, shredded paper, plastic bottles and bottle tops, pots, tubs and trays- put the items in loose, do not use plastic or black bags.
Some examples of pots, tubs and trays include yoghurt pots, tubs containing cleaning products, meat trays, margarine tubs, ready-meal containers, punnet style containers that hold fruit / vegetables such as mushrooms or grapes and pots containing facial or body creams.

Blue box - glass (you don't have to remove metal or plastic lids on) , batteries, small electricals and textiles.

For waste that can't be recycled you will have access to shared landfill bins or on street gull proof sacks.

Residents in tenement/flatted areas

Some residents may have green wheelie bins for recycling. You can find out what can be recycled in these at the top of the page.

Shared packaging bin - plastic bottles (can include bottle tops) cardboard drinks cartons, Christmas cards, cardboard, clean aluminium foil, empty aerosols, food tins, cans and envelopes.

Mixed recycling bin- These are similar to packaging bins and accept all of the above but also accept plastic pots, plastic trays, plastic tubs, and paper.

Shared paper bin - newspapers, magazines, unwanted mail not envelopes, shredded paper, telephone directories, wrapping paper (except metallic or glittery) and other types of white paper.

Shared mixed glass bin - all coloured glass.

Shared food waste bin- all types of food, including uncooked and cooked excluding liquids like cooking oil and milk. Bag your waste in compostable bags or old plastic bags.  You can buy compostable liners for your food waste caddy at all libraries for £1 a roll.

Use the communal bin map to find communal recycling and landfill bins in your area.

Brown garden waste bin- flowers, plants, garden weeds, grass cuttings, hedge clippings, twigs, small branches, Christmas trees cut down to fit in bin.

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