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Your bins and containers

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We encourage all residents to recycle their household waste.

To make recycling simple, we provide different bins for different types of waste products:

  • green bins are for for all residual household that cannot be recycled
  • blue bins are for paper and cardboard
  • brown bins are for garden waste
  • black boxes are for glass and cans, household batteries(bagged), textiles (bagged) & small electrical items
Where it is not possible to use bins we provide residents with an annual allocation of different coloured sacks which match the wheelie bin provision as detailed above.

All bins/boxes must be presented for collection by 6.30am

Plastic and food waste collection

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As part of the Council's Transformation Strategy 2012-2017, the weekly kerbside food and plastics collection service will be extended to cover every household within East Ayrshire.

The phased rollout of this service, will take place between August 2013 and August 2014.

In addition to the container provision above, households receive:

  • red box for household plastics

  • food waste bins (small silver caddy for internal use and a larger green external caddy) 

Once fully implemented we anticipate that reduced volumes of waste will be placed into the residual waste bins in line with Scottish Government recycling targets. As a result we will reassess the frequency of residual waste collections from 2015/16, and make changes to the collection schedule accordingly. This will be announced in due course.

As the food and plastics collection  service is introduced, each household is being provided with new containers:

  • food bins
  • red box
  • an annual supply of food liners 

Where to leave your bins 

You should take care where you leave containers for collection during extreme weather conditions. 

Where possible:

  • put containers in a sheltered location as near as possible to the pavement - make sure they are visible to the collection crew
  • when excessive winds are forecast, you may opt not to leave your red box (plastics) for collection. You can may then leave excess plastic in a plastic sack/carrier bag alongside your red box at the next scheduled visit
  • cans/aerosols/foil may be presented for collection in a plastic sack/carrier bag alongside the black box. However, glass will only be uplifted in the black box   

If you have more to recycle than we can collect, you can take it to our deposited at the Recycling Centres or your nearest Recycling Point.

Assisted collection service

If you are unable to place your bin or box at the kerbside, and there is not an able bodied person living with you, then we can offer an assisted collection service - a pull out service . To find out if you qualify, contact us and an officer will assess your eligibility. If approved, your bins/boxes will be allocated a pull out sticker which highlights your inclusion in the scheme.

New build properties

From 1 April 2011, all new houses built in East Ayrshire will incur a charge for the provision of the household waste bin, blue bin, brown bin and black box. 


Contact Information

Waste Management Services
Western Road Depot
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554033
Fax: 01563 554053
Page last updated on13 December 2013
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