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Bin collection changes 2019

From April 2019, households on the mainland and Cumbrae will be given additional capacity with the introduction of a new 240 litre purple bin.

This does not apply to:

  • businesses
  • customers on Arran

whose services will be reviewed separately at a later date.

This new purple bin, along with your blue and grey bins, will be collected every three weeks.

This is designed to help:

  • increase recycling
  • reduce the amount of waste that is sent to disposal

You can expect to receive your bin approximately three weeks before the launch in April 2019.

What goes in each bin?

The purple bin will be used for:

  • glass
  • cans
  • plastic containers

Your blue bin will then be used for paper and cardboard only.

The other bin types will remain the same:

  • grey - for anything that cannot be recycled
  • brown - for garden waste and food waste

Collection days

Your collection day will be the same each week - only the bin type will change.

For example, if your collection day was Monday:

  • week 1 (Monday) - grey
  • week 2 (Monday) - blue
  • week 3 (Monday) - purple

Your brown bin collection will still be collected every fortnight.

If you have nappies or incontinence products that need collected more often

An absorbent hygiene products waste collection service will be made available upon request.

This will be collected fortnightly.

Information will be available to residents about this service prior to implementation of our new collection service.

Large families

Research by Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government shows that 80 litres of general waste per week is sufficient for most households. 

Therefore, collecting our 240 litre grey bin three weekly will be sufficient if households maximise their recycling capacity. 

Where households are genuinely struggling for waste storage and are maximising their recycling bins, we will review their situation on a case-by-case basis.

Why are we changing?

We are committed to improving our environment.

We are signed up to the Scottish Government’s Household Recycling Charter and associated Code of Practice. This aims to maximise the amount and quality of the material we collect for recycling.

The Scottish Government has set recycling targets of:

  • 60% by 2020
  • 70% by 2025

We must work together with our residents to do even more when it comes to recycling and achieve these targets.

In North Ayrshire, over 55% of waste is currently recycled.

However, our studies have shown that around 71% of the contents in the average grey bin could be recycled or composted, but is instead sent for final disposal.

This shows that there is significant room for improvement.

With the introduction of the purple bin, we are providing our residents with additional recycling capacity. This will allow us to divert recyclable items from the grey bin into either the blue, purple or brown bins.

Please note: Currently, the Scottish Government’s Household Recycling Charter and associated Code of Practice does not apply to business waste.

What happens next?

The average household type should have sufficient space for an additional bin.

However, we will deliver two learning projects. These will consider households in which space and storage for additional bins may be an issue.

This will include:

  • high density housing
  • flats

The aim is to identify if communal bins could help to:

  • relieve these issues
  • improve the overall appearance of the location

A survey has been conducted and we will contact any identified households to discuss and advise of alternative arrangements.

From July 2018, we will roll out a trial communal bin collection service across 5 small flatted areas. This reduces the footprint required and has the aim of improving the visual amenity.

We also plan to conduct a pilot on the use of underground waste storage systems at a suitable new Council housing development during 2020/21.

Keep an eye on this page for updates on the project.