Blue Bins

Information about your blue bin.

Clean and dry

Information is detailed below on what goes in your blue bin.

On your day of collection, please place your bin on the kerbside with the lid closed by 7am Monday to 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.


The programme to deliver over 83,000 green bins to homes across West Lothian is taking slightly longer than anticipated.

Extra resources have been brought in to make sure deliveries are completed by 1 July, which unfortunately means some homes may not receive a green bin before the first scheduled collection or in time to separate the materials.

So if your collection calendar shows a scheduled green bin collection in the transition period before 1 July, you can put out either your green or blue bin on this collection date and it will be emptied.

Blue bin collections will continue as scheduled, with all collections as stated in your calendar from 4 July onwards.

Thanks for your patience while we take this important step forward to help boost recycling rates and reduce West Lothian's environmental impact.

What can I put in my blue bin?

What should NOT go in my blue bin?

Top tips for blue bins:

  • 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 be rejected and landfilled.
  • Please do not place any material inside plastic bags. This prevents the material from being separated for recycling at the Materials Recycling Facility.
  • If your blue bin contains items in black bin bags or bin liners it will not be collected.
  • Please try not to compact the material in your bin, this can result in your bin being half emptied on collection day.  If your bin is not fully emptied due to the material being compacted, or frozen together in winter months, it is your responsibility to loosen the material ready for your next scheduled collection. No additional collection will be provided for half emptied bins.
  • Due to health and safety of our staff, please ensure that your bin is not too heavy as this can result in the bin lip snapping when lifted onto the lorry.  If your bin is deemed to be too heavy by our crew it will not be emptied and it is your responsibility to ensure items are removed so that the bin can be emptied on the next collection day.  No additional collections will be provided for bins which are considered to be too heavy. 

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