Bin collections and recycling centres
Update: Monday 4 January
On Monday 4 January, the First Minister announced that mainland Scotland moves from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown on Tuesday 5 January. We are currently reviewing all our services and will be updating this and other pages on our website as soon as we're able.
We’re working hard to keep our bin services running and have put plans in place to allow us to continue to run our highest priority collections. We had to suspend some of our services for a time, but most services are now operating again. Some services such as household waste recycling centres and bulky uplifts are running, but have temporary changes in place. We’ll update these pages regularly with advice and any further service changes if we need to change them again. We really appreciate your patience and support.
To ensure the safety of our crews and protect the public, we’re following national physical distancing guidance and have reduced the number of people allowed in the cab of bin lorries. This, in addition to staff shortages during the Coronavirus outbreak, means more waste operatives and lorries are needed to focus on collecting types of waste which would become a public health hazard if they are left uncollected for example, non-recyclable grey wheelie bins / black lidded communal bins and food waste.
Services that are operating may also be running later than normal. If you see our crews in the street, please keep a safe distance from them of at least two metres. You should also wash your hands before and after putting your bin out for collection. This is to protect them and you. Please visit the Scottish Government’s website for advice on physical distancing.