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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 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)

Bin Collection

Please view your address for details of your bin collection.

Food Waste

You can view details of your pdf icon 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?

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.


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 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.

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 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


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.