Play your part in disposing of your waste as sustainably as you can.
Recycling is easy once you know how and get into the habit of it.
Your bins are distinctively coloured.
Your recycling bins are blue, light grey and burgundy.
Your general waste bin is black or green.
blue bin – PAPER and CARDBOARD, which must be clean and dry
PAPER - newspapers, magazines, catalogues, envelopes, leaflets, telephone directories, junk mail, office paper, wrapping paper
CARDBOARD - clean packaging card - food and non-food items, greetings cards, books
light grey bin – GLASS, METALS and PLASTICS
GLASS - bottles and jars from food and drink packaging, including metal tops
METALS - tins and cans from food and drink packaging, aerosols for personal use e.g. deodorant or hairspray, clean foil trays
PLASTICS - bottles from food and drink products, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and soap bottles, cleaning products, beauty products, food and drink pots, tubs and trays
burgundy bin – FOOD and GARDEN WASTE (not soil)
GENERAL WASTE - everything else goes into your black or green bin. This includes the following items, which can’t be recycled from doorstep collection: batteries, bubble wrap, cartridges (e.g. ink), ceramics (e.g. plates and plant pots), cutlery, drinking glasses, electrical cables, food or drink pouches, garden furniture, hard plastics (e.g. CD cases, plastic bags and films (shopping bags, bread bags and clingfilm), plastic coat hangers and plant pots), light bulbs, metal furniture, mirrors, nappies, paint tins, plastic nettings, plate glass (from windows), polystyrene, pyrex dishes, small electrical appliances, synthetic corks, toothpaste tubes, toys, wrappers (e.g. crisp or biscuit wrappers).
Waste from the blue bin is transported to a recycling company in Glasgow which uses it in their large network of paper mills across Europe.
Waste from the light grey bin is transported to two different locations and sorted into several streams of waste including glass, aluminium, steel and mixed plastics. The glass ultimately goes into a furnace to make new glass. The metals and single plastics are put into bales and sold as raw materials to manufacturers. Mixed plastics are taken to further specialist facilities to be useful in making new materials, often being sorted by polymer type and then by colour.
Food and garden waste in the burgundy bin is converted to compost.
Waste from the black / green bin is bulked and taken to an Energy from Waste facility in East Lothian, where it is incinerated to produce steam and then enough electricity to keep 39 000 homes fully powered.
Blue and light grey recycling bins are uplifted once every 4 weeks.
The burgundy recycling bin is uplifted once a fortnight, as is the black or green general waste bin.
Find out when your recycling will be collected. The calendars for 2021 and 2022 are displayed on the South Lanarkshire Council website. Simply visit here and insert your postcode or click on your street to display your calendar.
Alternatively, you can phone the Council on 0303 123 1020.
Set up a system at home to sort out your recycling – it is easiest to sort waste as you go along.
Get everyone in the house involved – children are often keen to help.