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Kerbside Recycling Service Change


Kerbside Recycling Change Enquiry Form

February 2024 Update

Having declared a climate emergency in May 2019, Glasgow city is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and become a zero-waste city. We can help achieve these goals by recycling more of our waste - this helps to reduce carbon emissions as it takes less energy to make recycled products than using raw materials.

To align with the Code of Practice (COP) that supports the Charter for Household Recycling, make it easier for people to recycle at home, and improve the quality of recycling we collect, we are changing the kerbside recycling service.

What's changing?

We are providing a new grey bin for plastics, metals, cartons, soft plastics and film. As well as plastic bottles, this bin can now be used to recycle other types of plastic including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, food trays, soft plastics and film, e.g. plastic wrapping, carrier bags, film lids. Food tins, drinks cans and cartons can also be recycled in this bin.

We are changing what can be recycled in the blue bin to paper, card and cardboard only.

When will the new service begin?

We are introducing these changes in a phased approach, beginning in the Knightswood area in the north-west of the city in March 2024.

This first phase will see the improved service provided to approximately 5,500 properties along four routes in Ward 13 (Garscadden/Scotstounhill).

The new service will then be introduced to the remainder of the north-west area by Summer 2024 before being rolled out to the rest of the city during 2024-25. Further information will be provided on a regular basis.

New bin delivery dates


How will residents be informed?

In advance of receiving the new grey bin, residents will be sent a letter explaining when the bin will be delivered and what can be recycled in it. Prior to the first collection of this new bin, residents will receive further information - including a leaflet and collection calendar - which will explain:

  • How to use the improved waste and recycling service, particularly the changes to the blue bin and new grey bin.
  • What can and cannot be recycled in each bin.
  • When each bin should be put out for collection.

The leaflet will also contain information about the new contamination policy and one green bin policy.

Residents will also receive stickers for their blue bin (to reinforce that this bin should now only be used to recycle paper, card and cardboard) and green bin as part of the one green bin policy.

Press releases and a digital campaign including the use of social media and the council's website will also be used to
publicise the changes to the recycling service.

Food caddies and liners

Food caddies and compostable liners can currently be collected, free of charge, from the following North West and South locations, with more locations in the North East to follow:

Drumchapel Library
65 Hecla Avenue
G15 8LX
Anniesland Library
833 Crow Road
G13 1LE
Maryhill Library
1508 Maryhill Road
G20 9AD
Knightswood Library
27 Dunterlie Avenue
G13 3BB
Whiteinch Library
14 Victoria Park Drive South
G14 9RL

Castlemilk Library
100 Castlemilk Drive
G45 9TN

Couper Institute Library
84-86 Clarkston Road
G44 3DA
Gorbals Library
180 Crown Street
G5 9XD
Govanhill Library
170 Langside Road
G42 7JU
Langside Library
2 Sinclair Drive
G42 9QE
Pollok Library
Pollok Civic Realm
Cowglen Road
G53 6EN
Pollokshaws Library
60 Shawbridge Street
G43 1RW
Pollokshields Library
30 Leslie Street
G41 2LF
Elder Park Library
228A Langside Road
G51 3TZ     
Ibrox Library
1 - 5 Midlock Street
G51 1SL      


Drop In Events

Location: Ibrox Library, 1-7 Midlock Street, Glasgow, G51 1SL
Date: Tuesday 9 July 2024
Time: 11am-4pm

We will also be in attendance at the Govan Housing Association event 'Together for Tomorrow: Unite for a Sustainable Future' event in the Pearce Institute.

Location: Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow G51 3UU
Date: Thursday 11 July 2024
Time: 12am-3pm

Location: Elder Park Library, 228 Langlands Road, Glasgow, G51 3TZ
Date: Thursday 11 July 2024
Time: 11am-4pm

Location: Pollok Library, Pollok Civic Realm, Cowglen Road, G53 6EN
Date: Thursday 1 August 2024
Time: 11am-4pm

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Last modified on 04 July 2024

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