Changes to Bin Collections

Throughout May and June 2022 the Council introduced a new green recycling bin.

In May 2022 the Council will introduce a new green recycling bin, in addition to your existing blue bin. The new green bin will help to reduce contamination in recycling by separating paper and card from other mixed dry recycling. Watch the video below for more information about the new service.

The new 240l green bin will collect plastics, cartons, tins and cans and will be collected every four weeks. Once green bins are in place, only paper and card will be placed in the blue bin which will also be collected every four weeks.

This will provide households with a fortnightly grey bin collection service and a fortnightly recyclable material collection, as occurs at present. The difference from this summer is that the recyclable material collections would alter between green and blue bins, to enable the different material types to be collected separately.

Thank you to everyone who has been using their new green recycling bins.

By separating your recycling correctly, you are playing your part in protecting the environment and making sure our limited resources can be targeted on local services rather than expensive landfill fees.

We would like to encourage all residents to ensure everything put in their recycling bins is clean and dry, and remind you of the material which can be placed in each bin:

Blue bins - paper, card and cardboard

Green bins - plastic bottles, tubs and trays, tins, cans, aerosols, foil and metal lids, food and drink cartons and empty plastic bags

Following the introduction of the new green bin and during the transition period over to the green bins, we have been placing tags on bins that contain incorrect or contaminated materials and, in some cases where contamination was particularly bad, we have not been lifting the bin.

To help keep improving the material that is recycled from the green and blue bins, from 3 October, when we will no longer empty bins that contain contaminated material.

If a contaminated bin is put out for collection after this date, we will tag your bin to let you know. It will then be the responsibility of the householder to remove the contamination before the next scheduled collection date.  Please note that we will not return to collect the bin before the next scheduled uplift.

If you want to avoid this happening to you, please simply place the correct material into your bins.

Further details of what can go in each bin can be found at:

West Lothian residents are thanked for their patience and support to increase recycling in West Lothian.

Anyone who is still to receive a green bin or wishes to request an additional one can do so via

Please be aware that we have a significant increase in requests for additional bins at this time, but we are working to get them all delivered as soon as possible.


Find some FAQs about the new green recycling bin.
Use this form to contact us about any upcoming changes to the service.
Check your calendar dates and subscribe for email reminders for the most up to date information.
Find out what can be recycled in your green bin (service not available until summer 2022).
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Find out what can be recycled in your blue bin
Food and garden waste is collected in brown bins and collections are every 2 weeks.
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The change will increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of money being spent on sending household waste to landfill.

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