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Grey Bins

Information about your grey bin.

Information is detailed below on what goes in your grey bin.

On your day of collection, please place your bin on the kerbside with the lid closed by 7am Monday to Saturday.

Unfortunately, we cannot take anything that is not in the bin. It is vital that all items are in the bin with the lid shut.


What CAN be put in my grey bin?

Coat hangers
Coat hangers

Broken plastic toys
Broken plastic toys

Nappies and sanitary products
Nappies and sanitary products

Disposable razors
Disposable razors

Toothpaste tube
Toothpaste tube

Disposable gloves
Disposable gloves

Bubble wrap
Bubble wrap

Polystyrene
Polystyrene

Sweetie wrappers
Sweetie wrappers

Crisp packets
Crisp packets

Heavily Contaminated Food Packaging e.g. greasy pizza box
Heavily Contaminated Food Packaging e.g. greasy pizza box

Pet Excrement e.g. cat, dog, rabbit
Pet Excrement e.g. cat, dog, rabbit

Vacuum cleaner bags
Vacuum cleaner bags

 

Please note: this is a list of items most commonly placed in the grey bin. If you have an item that you cannot find on the Grey Bins, Blue Bins , Brown Bins or Food Waste pages then please call 01506 280000 or email customer.service@westlothian.gov.uk

What NOT to put in your grey bin

Glass bottles and jars
Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars - please take to a Glass Recycling point

Clothing and textiles
Clothing and textiles

Clothing, textiles and shoes - please take to a charity shop or textile bank. These can be found on the Recycling Locator

Plastic bottles, trays and tops
Plastic bottles, trays and tops

Plastic tubs, trays, pots, lids, bottles and empty plastic bags - please place in the Blue Bins

Paper and Envelopes
Paper and Envelopes

Paper and envelopes (including shredded paper and envelopes with windows) - please place in the Blue Bins

cardboard
cardboard

Card, cardboard and cardboard cartons - please place in the Blue Bins

tins and cans
tins and cans

Steel and aluminium tins and cans, aluminium foil and trays - please place in the Blue Bins

Aerosols
Aerosols

Empty aerosol cans - please place in the Blue Bins

Food Waste
Food Waste

Food Waste (including meat and bones) - please place in the Food Waste caddies

Garden Waste
Garden Waste

Grass and hedge cuttings, garden weeds, flowers and plants, small branches and twigs, leaves and real Christmas trees - please place in the Brown Bins

Top Tips for grey bins:

  • Please ensure lids are closed
  • Unfortunately, bags left at the side of your bin will not be uplifted
  • Please try not to compact the material in your bin, this can result in your bin being half emptied on collection day.  If your bin is not fully emptied due to the material being compacted, or frozen together in winter months, it is your responsibility to loosen the material ready for your next scheduled collection. No additional collection will be provided for half emptied bins.
  • Households do not automatically receive extra capacity 'red top' bins due to the addition of a baby unless they are eligible by meeting all criteria. Unfortunately, residents have been misinformed by a third party regarding this. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
  • Excess waste can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres Find your Local Recycling Centre
  • If you feel you require an extra capacity 'red top' bin, please visit the  Request for an additional grey bin page

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a large family and don't think I can cope with the one grey bin. What can I do?

Many councils in Scotland have tested smaller bins (140L) with families of different sizes. These tests have shown that even larger families were able to manage provided they were also using other recycling collection services correctly. However, if a household genuinely requires extra capacity through medical reasons or the number of people within the household then residents can make a request to the council.  This will be determined through the existing Service Standards procedure with each case taken on its own merits.

Please note: households do not automatically receive extra capacity 'red top' bins due to the addition of a baby unless they are eligible by meeting all criteria. Unfortunately, residents have been misinformed by a third party regarding this. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.

Requests for additional capacity for medical reasons should be made by contacting your local District Nurse team.

If you are requesting additional capacity for other reasons, please call 01506 280000 or email customer.service@westlothian.gov.uk

Don't residents already recycle everything?

Unfortunately we do not recycle enough. The council's research, which includes regular monitoring across the county, shows that 78% of the material within the grey bin, by weight, could have been recycled using our existing recycling services. Reducing the amount of general waste we collect at the kerbside should increase household recycling rates by nearly 10%, so there is still more work to be done.

Can I apply for an additional blue, brown or food waste caddy?

Yes. West Lothian Council can provide up to two blue or brown bins, and/or food waste caddies, free of charge. Please email: customer.service@westlothian.gov.uk​ or call 01506 280000.

If I have extra waste to dispose of what should I do?

West Lothian Council provides five Recycling Centres where residents can take household items to be recycled or disposed of. Details of the locations and opening hours of recycling centres can be found here.

The council also offers a collection service for bulky household items. You can book a collection of large bulky household items by using our request a bulky uplift form or by calling us on 01506 280000 to arrange a collection date. 

Please note: households do not automatically receive extra capacity 'red top' bins due to the addition of a baby unless they are eligible by meeting all criteria. Unfortunately, residents have been misinformed by a third party regarding this. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.

What about glass recycling?

The council does not provide a doorstep recycling service for glass but has invested heavily to increase the number of glass recycling facilities from 36 to 200. Click here to view glass recycling locations in West Lothian. 

In addition, the council has also introduced new housings which encase the bin, helping to reduce noise and enabling collection via our split compartment vehicle, which greatly speeds up the collection time.