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Blue bin

Right stuff in the right bin

Please do not contaminate blue bins by using black bin bags, bin liners, plastic bags or carrier bags.

Blue bins should only contain recyclable items, as listed below. Non recyclable items contaminate the lorry load resulting in it ending up as landfill. This results in greater cost to the Council.

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We won't collect bins with the wrong stuff in them. Instead, we'll put a red tag on your bin to tell you why your bin has not been emptied.

You should remove the wrong items and the tag and put your bin out for the next collection day.

How to recycle

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.

What can I put in my blue bin?

The following list gives details of what can, and can't, be recycled in your blue bin.


  • boxes
  • food packaging
  • clean cardboard

Mixed glass

  • bottles and jars (all colours)


  • juice cartons
  • milk cartons
  • soup cartons
  • egg boxes


  • fizzy drink bottles
  • detergent bottles
  • milk bottles
  • fruit/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

Mixed paper

  • newspaper
  • magazines
  • envelopes
  • directories
  • shredded paper (small amounts)

What not to include

  • black bin bags
  • all other plastics and films
  • polystyrene and foam
  • hard plastics
  • food/garden waste
  • nappies
  • animal waste/bedding
  • nappies/sanitary waste
  • needles and medical waste
  • clothes
  • blankets
  • quilts
  • shoes
  • contaminated cardboard/paper
  • wallpaper
  • tissues
  • paper towels
  • coffee cups
  • ceramics
  • carpets
  • mirrors
  • pyrex
  • light bulbs
  • pots and pans
  • window pane glass
  • sharp or dangerous objects
  • electrical items
  • batteries - doing so can cause fires!


All metal is 100% recyclable. Please take metal items, not listed above, to your Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

Large cardboard boxes

Cardboard boxes, that are too big to fit in your blue bin, can be placed at the side of your blue bin for collection (as long as it is a small number of boxes). Flatten and tape, or tie, the boxes together where possible.

Electrical items

Take small electrical items to your HWRC.


Small household batteries can be recycled at most electrical retailers, some supermarkets, our libraries, public offices and HWRC.

Large rechargeable batteries (from lawnmowers etc.) should be placed in the 'small appliances' container unit at our HWRC.

Batteries should not be placed in bins, as this may cause a fire risk at reprocessing facilities.

Car batteries

Car batteries should be recycled at the garage, where the new battery is fitted, or at a HWRC.


For textile recycling, please deposit in any of the textile banks which can be found throughout North Ayrshire, or donate to a charity.

Collection day

Blue bins are collected every 2 weeks. To find your bin collection day, type your postcode into YourLocation.

Please put bins out at the kerbside before 7am on collection day. If you have difficulty putting your bin out you may be eligible to apply for our  bin pull out service.

Missed collection

If you forget to put your bin out for collection, you should put it out for your next blue bin collection day (we don't class this as a missed bin). Alternatively you can take your waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

Unforeseen circumstances may mean that we do not collect your bin at the same time of day each week. If, by the end of the working day, we have missed your bin on your collection day, you can report a missed bin.