Household Recycling and Waste

Information about recycling and waste at home including checking your bin collection dates, reporting issues and information on what goes in each bin.

COVID-19 Update

Bin Collections

As part of our response to COVID-19, there may be some disruption and delay to waste/recycling collection services.
We have been actively training staff from other areas within the council to support the bin collection teams. An additional 40 staff have been through all of the mandatory safety training for operating our vehicles and are ready to help deliver this key service.

Grey bin collections - continue
Blue bin (recycling) - continue
Brown bin collections - continue

Please put out your bin out for collection by 7am on the day of collection and leave the bin out until it is collected as there may be changes to the time your bin is emptied.
Please do not fly-tip material as we do not have the staff to clean this up.

Cleaning and disposal of waste if you are self-isolating
When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces.

Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.

Personal waste (such as used tissues, masks), wipes and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another (second) bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Street Parking
As more people will be working from home, please consider where you park on your bin collection day.  Always park more than 10m (32ft) from a junction, and close to the kerb with wing mirrors folded in. This will allow us to safely access bins.

General updates and collection information - Live

Updates on collections can be found here:
General information about recycling and waste can be found here:


You can check your collection days for your grey, blue and brown bins using the postcode look up service below.
Information on disruptions to bin collections can be viewed here.
Report waste issues online including illegal fly tipping, litter, dog fouling and reporting missed bins and missing, stolen or damaged bins.
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Find out what can be recycled in your blue bin
Brown bin collections have now changed as of Monday 30 September. Food waste is now collected in brown bins and collections are now every 2 weeks.
The change will increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of money being spent on sending household waste to landfill.
Request an assisted collection, additional/replacement blue/brown bins or additional grey bin capacity (red lid)
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The roll out of a new colour separated glass recycling scheme throughout West Lothian is now underway.
Services are available to residents and businesses to remove all types of waste. Where waste and material for recycling is not being placed in bins, bins are not put out for collection or bins have been overfilled, rubbish can begin to accumulate in gardens, back yards and other areas.