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What goes in my Blue and Brown Bin and Food Waste Caddy

West Lothian bins are emptied on a four-weekly cycle with the grey bin and blue bin being lifted once a fortnight, brown bin every four weeks and food caddy weekly.

Information is detailed below on what goes in your blue and brown bins and food waste caddy.

On your day of collection, please place your bin on the kerbside with the lid closed by 7am Monday to Friday, or 6am on Saturday. Unfortunately, we cannot take anything that is not in the bin. It is vital that all items are in the bin with the lid shut.


What can I put in my blue bin?

What can now go in your Blue Bin

Clean, empty plastic pots
All Clean Empty Plastic Pots

e.g. Yoghurt and pudding pots, noodle pots, ready-made soup and pasta pots.

Clean, empty plastic tubs
All Clean Empty Plastic Tubs

e.g. Ice cream, margarine tubs, ready meal tubs. Tip: Take the lids off and put them in the blue bin too.

Clean empty trays
All Clean Empty Trays

 e.g. ready meal and microwave food trays, fruit punnets, biscuit trays Tip: Rinse to make sure they are not contaminated by food waste.

Clean plastic lids
ALL Clean Plastic Lids

 e.g. lids from plastics bottles, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs and coffee jars Remove them and put them in the blue bin.

Clean, empty plastic bottles
ALL Clean Empty Plastic Bottles

e.g. Plastic drinks, detergent and shampoo bottles. Lightly rinse and squash them to save space. Tip: Remove the lids and put them in the blue bin too. You can recycle clear and coloured plastic.

Clean, empty plastic bags
Clean Empty Plastic Bags

e.g. Clean carrier bags, bread bags, pre-packed vegetable bags, cereal and pasta bags. Tip: Please don't anything inside plastic bags, it prevents them being separated at the recycling facility.

Paper
Paper

e.g. Newspapers, coloured magazines, brochures, catalogues, unwanted mail, envelopes, including those with windows, shredded paper, phone directories, yellow pages Tip: Remove the plastic bags from junk mail or magazines and put them in the blue bin too.

Clean card and cardboard
Clean Card and Cardboard

e.g. Cereal boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, washing powder boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes Tip: Flatten cardboard boxes to save space.

Clean empty cardboard cartons
Clean empty Cardboard Cartons

e.g. juice, soup, custard and smoothie cartons. Tip: Flatten to save space and remove lids and put them in the blue bin too.

Clean, empty steel and aluminium tins and cans
All Clean Empty steel and aluminium tins and cans, aluminium foil, trays and empty aerosol cans

Tip: Make sure aerosol cans are as empty as possible and that foil and cans are not contaminated by food waste. You don't need to remove labels. Put the lids in the blue bin too.

 

    What NOT to put in your Blue Bin

    Please don't put these in your blue bin

    Containers soiled with food waste
    Materials contaminated with food waste.

    Food waste spreads through the load when compressed in the collection vehicle, so the paper and cardboard becomes wet and dirty and can be rejected by the recycling facility or manufacturers  This is our biggest problem with contamination.

    Nappy and food waste
    Nappies, pet excrement, general household waste, other wet wastes.

    Wet materials spread through the load when compressed in the collection vehicle, so the whole load can be rejected by the recycling facility or manufacturers.

    Glass
    Glass bottles and jars.

    Glass is usually broken by being compacted in the back of the collection vehicle and spreads when deposited at the recycling facility. It can then hurt the staff that sort the materials on the manual picking lines and it also contaminates the paper, cardboard and plastic, which means that it can be rejected by the manufacturers.

    Food waste in black bag
    Materials placed inside plastic bags.

    At the materials recycling Facility blue bin material is spread out by a low level bar as it goes onto the conveyor belts for mechanical, then manual sorting lines. If material is inside plastic bags it prevents it being separated for recycling.   In addition unfortunately plastic bags often contain material like food waste, pet waste and general waste, which if opened spread across the conveyor belt, causing the whole process line to be stopped and cleaned, causing delays and increasing processing costs.

    Shoe
    Clothing, textiles and shoes.

    Clothing, textiles and shoes cannot be accepted in the blue bin. They also absorb any food and moisture when mixed with the load in the back of the collection vehicle and become soiled and unusable   They also cause operational problem at the recycling facility as they wrap round the wheel of the conveyor belts at the recycling facility, which have to be stopped and cut out.

    Polystyrene
    Polystyrene packaging, polystyrene egg cartons and polystyrene food trays.

    The recycling facility is not designed to capture this material.

    Broken Toys
    Broken plastic toys.

    Potential to damage sorting equipment and recycling facility not designed to capture this material.


    What can I put in my brown bin? 

    What can go in your Brown Bin

    Grass and hedge cuttings
    Grass and Hedge Cuttings

    Garden weeds
    Garden weeds

    Except Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, Giant hogweed and other invasive species

    Small branches and twigs, leaves and real Christmas trees
    Small branches and twigs, leaves and real Christmas trees

    Flowers and plants
    Flowers and plants

    What NOT to put in your Brown Bin
    Please don't put these in your brown bin

    Brown bin - bagged waste and textiles
    Bagged waste and textiles

    Including general waste, kitchen or food waste, animal waste/bedding

    Brown bin - wood and plastic
    Wood, plastic or glass

    Brown bin - bricks
    Soil, turf, rubble, stones, bricks and plant pots


    What can I put in my food waste caddy?

    What can go in your food waste caddy?

    Top tips:

    • Everything must be clean and dry - wet and dirty materials such as food and drinks wastes, nappies and pet wastes spread through the whole load and mean it can rejected and landfilled
    • Please rinse cans, plastic bottles, trays, containers, packaging and cartons to remove food and drinks residues
    • Please do not place any material inside plastic bags. This prevents the material from being separated for recycling at the Materials Recycling Facility.
    • You don't need to look at the recycling symbol on plastic containers, they can still be recycled
    • You can recycle clear and coloured plastics
    • If your blue bin contains items in black bin bags or bin liners it will not be collected.