Household waste - garden waste
Please note your new recycling calendars for 2013/14 can be viewed below. We have combined the blue, grey and brown bin information on one calendar this year.
Post code lookup facility
Use your postcode to find your collection day.(This service is hosted externally and some collections may share a postcode). Please click the link here. (new window)
Calendar - Street Listing
You can check the collection day for your street by viewing the A-Z of street names - Please click here. This provides you with the facility to find your area, the day of collection and your calendar number for your street. Each calendar has a unique version number on it to refer directly to the calendar number on the street listing. Guidance is provided below.
You can view your new 2013/2014 recycling calendar for the combined grey/blue/brown bin. Please click here. Simply use the calendar number provided on the A-Z street listing to look up the correct calendar for your area.
Guidance - How to find the calendar for your street
- Go to your address and locate your calendar number (highlighted in blue).
- Then open the 2013/14 calendar, see link above. Enter your calendar number into the 'find box' and press enter. This will locate your correct calendar.
Food Waste Collection Calendar
West Lothian residents in the new food waste design phase areas are in: Bathgate, Boghall, Broxburn, Dechmont, Uphall and Linlithgow. You can check the collection day for your street by viewing the A-Z of street names (in town order). Please click here. This provides you with the day of your weekly collection.
The front page of the calendar contains information on what can and cannot be recycled as well as additional information on our Community Recycling Centres and local recycling points. Please click here to view.
Please put the following in your brown bin:
- Garden Waste
- Hedge clippings
- Small branches (please make sure that all the material is in pieces small enough to fit into your bin)
- Grass cuttings
- Cut flowers
- Potted Plants
Please do NOT put the following in your brown bin:
- Plastic bags, animal waste/bedding/food waste, general waste, timber, soil, rubble, glass & textiles, polystyrene
Christmas Tree Recycling
To recycle your real Christmas Tree please remove any decorations first and then cut up your Christmas Tree, placing it inside your brown (garden waste) bin. Please do not place your Christmas Tree beside your brown bin as it will not be collected and please ensure your brown bin lid can be fully closed
- Bin Calendar Information 2013/14 (PDF, 228kb)
- Garden Waste Journey (PDF, 373kb)
- Grey, Blue and Brown Bin Calendar -starts from 1 March 2013-31 October 2014 (PDF, 1.28mb)
- Street Listing - How to find your calendar for your street - starts 1 March 2013 - 31 October 2014 (PDF, 372kb)
- Waste Services - Service Improvements (PDF, 152kb)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, you can have a bonfire in your garden, provided it is controlled and does not become a nuisance to neighbours. However, the statutory nuisance provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 allow the Council to serve a notice on a person causing a nuisance to neighbours from bonfires. Bonfires can be very irritating to neighbours and the smoke, smuts and smell can prevent them from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging out washing. It is recommended that you inform your neighbours before any burning activities are carried out. Alternative methods of disposal which are less environmentally damaging (like composting or shredding) are preferable.
Waste from the brown bin is composted at West Lothian Recycling in Addiewell. The compost is used within the council for grounds maintenance or external forestry.Waste from the blue bin is sent to a local materials recycling facility. It is separated using a combination of automatic and manual methods before each separate material is baled and sent on for reprocessing into newspapers, and a variety of plastic and metal products.We aim to improve our service by expanding the range of materials we collect for recycling.