Renfrewshire Council

If you put something that cannot be recycled using your blue recycling bin, we will not be able to empty it.

Non-recyclables can ruin a whole truckload of recycling.

Blue recycling bin

Your blue recycling bin is collected every two weeks.

Please put your blue bin out on the kerbside by 7am on your collection day.

If we have missed you bin in error, please let us know. 

Plastic bags cannot be recycled. Please don't put your recycling in a plastic bag.

The following materials can be recycled in your blue bin. All items must be loose in the bin.

Types of paper

Yes pleaseNo thanks
NewspapersFood coated paper
MagazinesFoil wrapping paper
Office paper 
Telephone directories 
Paper bags 
Wrapping paper 

Tip: Flatten cardboard to give you more room in your recycling bin


Yes pleaseNo thanks
Cereal boxesFood coated cardboard                  
Cardboard packaging 
Toilet roll tubes 
Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes 
Greetings cards 


Yes pleaseNo thanks
Plastic milk bottlesPlastic bags
Plastic drinks bottles (clear and coloured)   Hard plastics (buckets, toys, pipes, etc)
Shampoo bottlesPolystyrene
Plastic food traysBubblewrap or clingfilm
Clean fruit punnetsTablet packets
Margarine tubs 
Yoghurt pots 
Plastic lids 

Tip: Rinse cans, cartons and food trays as soon as they are empty as it makes it easier to clean them.


Yes pleaseNo thanks
Food cans and tinsPaint or oil tins    
Drinks cans 
Biscuit tins 
Aluminium cans 


Yes pleaseNo thanks
Fruit juice cartons       Food coated cartons
Milk cartons 
Soup cartons 
Egg boxes 


Yes pleaseNo thanks
Glass drinks bottles           Mirrors
Cooking sauce jarsWindows
Jam jarsPyrex dishes or crockery
Baby food jars 

There are materials that we cannot recycle and should not be put in your blue recycling bin:


Phone 0300 300 0300 and choose the option 'textile recycling collection' for our free, on demand collection service. You can also recycle textiles at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Plastic films

Put plastic films (cling film, film lids, etc) into your grey bin.

Electrical items

Take electrical items to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or arrange a special uplift (there may be a charge for this service).


Take batteries to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or to your nearest supermarket.


Put nappies into your grey bin.

Food waste

Put food waste into liners inside your green food waste caddy.

Cigarette butts

Put cigarette butts into your grey bin.


Take wood to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or arrange a special uplift (there may be a charge for this service).

Guidance for wheeled bins

  • Present correct bin on collection day where it is easy to access for the collectors.
  • Leave the bin with handles facing the roadway, but try to keep pavement clear for pedestrians
  • We collect bins from 7am to 6:30pm. If you cannot present on the morning of collection before 7am please present the night before.
  • Don't overfill bin and keep the lid closed.
  • If you have extra rubbish that cannot fit into your bin, please take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or call to arrange a special uplift (there may be a charge for this service).  
  • We won't be able to collect your bin if it is overflowing, and we won't be able to collect extra rubbish bags left on the pavement.
  • Please return the bin to your property as soon as possible after we empty it.
  • Report any damaged bins to us.
  • Only put the correct waste in each of the bins.
  • Please keep bin(s) clean.

To purchase a wheelie bin, please contact us.  The current fee can be found on the 'Community Resources fees and charges' page.

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