Check Bin Collection Dates
Check Bin Collection Dates
You can check your collection days for your grey, blue, brown and food waste bins using the information provided.
May Day bin collections
West Lothian residents are advised to put their recycling and refuse containers out as normal on the public holiday on Monday 2 May. See the link below for more details of how the service may be affected.
Changes to bin routes
West Lothian are changing the bin routes. The calendars detail important information about the new days and some changes in order in which bins will be collected along with information on recycling. If you have not already received your new bin calendar, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com or call 01506 280000.
Please retain your 2 compost vouchers from your old calendar which can still be used in 2016 and 2017 as stated - bags must be self-filled. (Subject to availability)
Please view your address for details of your bin collection.
- Use the Street Finder [606kb] to locate your address and corresponding calendar number
- Using your street's calendar number on the Street Finder, locate your street on the Recycling and Waste Calendar 2016/17 [2Mb] to find out which days your blue, grey and brown bins will be collected
The Kerbside Recycling Information Document [815kb] also shows what materials can be recycled in the blue and brown bins.
You can view details of your Food Waste collection day [462kb] for your street. This information provides you with the day of your weekly collection which is the same as your blue and grey bins.
Postcode lookup service
Use your postcode to find your collection day. (This service is hosted externally and some collections may share a postcode. Please note West Lothian Council are not responsible for the content).
What can I put in my blue bin?
e.g. Yoghurt and pudding pots, noodle pots, ready-made soup and pasta pots.
e.g. Ice cream, margarine tubs, ready meal tubs. Tip: Take the lids off and put them in the blue bin too.
e.g. ready meal and microwave food trays, fruit punnets, biscuit trays Tip: Rinse to make sure they are not contaminated by food waste.
e.g. lids from plastics bottles, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs and coffee jars Remove them and put them in the blue bin.
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.
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.
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.
e.g. Cereal boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, washing powder boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes Tip: Flatten cardboard boxes to save space.
e.g. juice, soup, custard and smoothie cartons. Tip: Flatten to save space and remove lids and put them in the blue bin too.
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.
Please don't put these in your blue bin
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The recycling facility is not designed to capture this material.
Potential to damage sorting equipment and recycling facility not designed to capture this material.
What can I put in my brown bin?
|Please don't put these in your brown bin|
Including general waste, kitchen or food waste, animal waste/bedding
- 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.