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Recycling information
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Recycling information

What can be recycled?

The following items can be recycled, however, please check individual sites to see arrangements in place for each site and opening hours.

Please note: soil can only be taken to Bartonholm Household Waste Recycling Centre.

What can be recycled?
ItemRecycling centreRecycling pointsDoorstep
Batteries  (except car batteries)     
Bikes ✔     
Books  ✔  
Bras (look for the pink Breast Cancer Now banks)    
Building materials    
Cardboard (larger quantities)    
CDs and DVDs  
Clothes (Textiles, sheets, blankets, towels, curtains and handbags).  
Computer equipment    
Cooking oil    
Fluorescent light bulbs    
Food waste    
Garden waste  
MDF (Bartonholm, Kilbirnie and Largs Recycling Centres only), chipboard*, laminate*    
Mixed recyclate (paper, glass, metal, plastic, cardboard)
Motor oil (Currently Kilbirnie and Largs Recycling Centres only)    
Shoes only (tied together or bagged in pairs)  
Wood* and timber (all non-processed)    

*Please do not deposit for recycling; chipboard, laminate or wood which is attached to other materials such as felt or wire.

Paint and paint cans are not collected at our household waste recycling centres. You can find Help and advice on the Zero Waste Scotland website or a suitable local waste contractor.

Consider whether you can donate leftover paint for reuse locally by contacting a local community group, charity, youth or religious group, art college, amateur dramatic society, sports club, neighbour, work colleague, relative or friend. For larger quantities of reasonable quality paint, consider advertising it on Gumtree, Freegle and Freecycle as well as other local advertising options.

Compost giveaway

Almost 12,000 tonnes of food and garden waste is collected from North Ayrshire each year, to be recycled into compost.

If you are part of a community garden scheme, or allotment organisation, please contact us to see if we can supply compost for your members use.