Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 16.30, 11 July 2020

Bins, waste, recycling and grass cutting

On this page, you will find changes to waste services as we follow national guidance to manage the impact of Coronavirus. It will be updated regularly with the latest information so please check back here for guidance. All of these measures are being taken to help ensure we all follow stay-at-home guidance and reduce physical contact to limit the spread of Coronavirus. This will help to save lives. We really appreciate your patience, co-operation and understanding.

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Bin collections

Bin collections continue as normal at this time and we continue to monitor the situation.

Our teams work hard to make every collection slot, but we ask for your patience and understanding as they work through these very challenging times. Please recycle wherever possible and help our collection teams do their jobs.

If you are sick or are self-isolating, you should take extra precautions when disposing of your waste.

Any used tissues or cleaning supplies should be placed into a separate bag from all other waste and double bagged. This should then be kept separate from other waste for 72 hours before presenting the waste for uplift.

New bin request

We are now taking requests for new bins. The timescale for receiving the new bin may be longer than normal so we would appreciate your patience at this time.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Household Waste Recycling Centres are open with restrictions and additional health and safety measures in place.

All usually accepted items can be brought to our recycling centres.

Only cars are accepted on site at this time.

You must bring proof of residency with you and ID.

A restricted number of cars will be allowed on site so that physical distancing can take place so please follow the traffic management signs when you visit.

Special Uplift (including special uplift for commercial premises)

Our Special Uplift service has restarted. For more information, visit Special Uplift

Grass Cutting

We are reintroducing our grass cutting services, targeting priority areas on a phased basis until our workforce is back to full capacity. Please bear with us. The grass is being cut for the first time in June and July this year so won't look as maintained as it has done in previous years.

We've made decisions on priorities based on:

  • areas used for outdoor exercise
  • safety of pedestrians
  • safety of road users.

The dates given below are only for guidance. They may change, depending on the resources available to us. 


Grass cutting and maintenance activities


  • Cemetery grass cutting and grounds maintenance
  • Emergency tree maintenance
  • Removing greenery that obstructs the view of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers 

Priority 1

26 May - 1 June

  • Barshaw Golf Course
  • Lochfield and Robertson Park Bowling Greens
  • School Hubs

Priority 2

1 June - 21 June

  • Common maintenance programme
  • Garden Assistance Scheme
  • Grass roundabouts 
  • Open spaces panels (large & medium sized)
  • Parks
  • School grounds and surrounding grass panels
  • Sports pitches
  • Weed and herbicide control

Priority 3 

21 June onwards

  • Flower beds
  • Hedge and shrub maintenance that makes it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to see the way ahead

Priority 4

13 July onwards

  • Review of all other grass areas, hedges and shrubs to determine which additional areas require attention.