Please note: This guidance only applies to Arran. Please see our arrangements for mainland and Cumbrae before and after April 2019.
Please do not contaminate blue, purple or brown bins by using any plastic bags. This includes bin liners and carrier bags.
Blue bins on Arran should only contain the recyclable items listed below.
Items should be rinsed or cleaned, and placed loose in your blue bin to help with sorting at the materials recycling facility. Don't worry about removing labels.
- food packaging
- clean cardboard
- large cardboard boxes (place these beside your bin, flattened and tied or taped)
- bottles and jars (any colour)
- juice cartons
- milk cartons
- soup cartons
- egg boxes
- fizzy drink bottles
- detergent bottles
- milk bottles
- fruit and food trays
- yoghurt pots
- aluminium cans
- aerosols (empty, with lid removed)
- food and drink cans
- biscuit and sweet tins
- foil trays and wrap
- bottle tops and jar lids
- shredded paper (small amounts)
What not to include
Please do not include the following non recyclable items in your blue bin.
- black bin bags
- all other plastics and films
- polystyrene and foam
- hard plastics
- food/garden waste
- animal waste/bedding
- nappies/sanitary waste
- needles and medical waste
- contaminated cardboard/paper
- paper towels
- coffee cups
- light bulbs
- pots and pans
- window pane glass
- sharp or dangerous objects
- electrical items
- batteries - doing so can cause fires
Other recyclable items
All metal is 100% recyclable. Please take any metal items not listed above to your Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
Take small electrical items to your HWRC.
Batteries should not be placed in bins, as this may cause a fire risk at reprocessing facilities.
Small household batteries can be recycled at:
- most electrical retailers
- some supermarkets
- North Ayrshire libraries, public offices and HWRC
Large rechargeable batteries (such as from lawnmowers) should be placed in the small appliances container unit at our HWRC.
Car batteries should be recycled at:
- the garage where the new battery is fitted
- a HWRC
For textile recycling, either:
Your grey bin is for household waste that can't be recycled.
- black bags
- animal waste
- old non-reusable clothes and bedding
- tissues and wipes
- sanitary products
Any extra waste can also be taken to a HWRC.
For large items of household waste you can arrange a bulky waste collection.
What not to include
- recyclable items (see above)
Wrong stuff, wrong bin
It costs us £2.5 million a year to send non recyclable waste to landfill. This impacts on the environment as well as the delivery of services.
If your bin contains the wrong stuff, we won't collect it. Instead, we'll put a red tag on your bin to tell you why your bin has not been emptied.
If your bin has been tagged:
- Remove the wrong items and the tag.
- Put your bin out for the next collection day.