Changes in the Wigtown Area Recycling Collection

To make it as easy as possible for you to recycle, Dumfries and Galloway Council are making some changes to the way that we collect recycling in the Wigtown area.

These changes will take effect the week commencing 28 October 2019.

If you live in the Wigtown area and have either a DG9 or DG8 postcode areas you should receive a letter advising of these changes to the kerbside recycling collection service.

Please use your three recycling boxes to present the materials for collection as follows:

Paper and Cardboard

Mixed Glass Only

Plastic, Cans and Cartons

No change

Currently labelled:

"Paper and Card"


Currently labelled:



Currently labelled:

"Plastic, Cans and Glass"

(Size: 44 litre)

(Size: 44 Litre)

(Size 55 litre)




✔ Newspapers


✔ Envelopes

✔Leaflets and pamphlets

✔ Flattened cardboard


✔ Glass bottles and jars (Clear, Red, Brown, Green & Blue)


✔ Plastics - Rinsed and squashed

✔ Plastic bottles with tops

✔ Plastic food trays, pots and tubs

✔ Toiletry bottles

✔ Metals - Empty and rinsed

✔ Metal cans, trays and lids

✔ Aluminium foil and trays

✔ Aerosols (not squashed)

✔ Cartons - Rinsed and squashed

✔ Drink cartons

✔ Soup of Juice or other cartons




❌ Drinks cartons

❌ Kitchen towel/hankies

❌ Packaging items with food waste on them

❌ No bottle or jar lids

❌ Broken glass

❌ Drinking glasses

❌ Mirror glass

❌ Plastic bags

❌ Plastic Plant pots

❌ Packaging items

❌ Electrical items

If you require additional box containers please contact us on 030 33 33 3000 or

In the event that containers are presented with incorrect materials, they will be left and a green tag placed on the handle explaining what to do next.

Removing kerbside food waste collections

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, introduced by the Scottish Government to increase recycling, requires the Council to collect food waste from certain postcode areas, which are Stranraer, Dalbeattie, Lockerbie, Annan, Gretna and Dumfries, but does not require collection of food waste from any other households.

To reduce the costs of service delivery and reduce the environmental impacts of vehicles undertaking weekly food collections in rural areas, the Council has taken the decision to stop collections of food waste from all households, except those required by regulations in the towns listed above.  Your kitchen and food caddies can be kept or returned to any HWRC for reuse / recycling. 

This will result in food waste collection service being removed from the following towns and villages and surrounding areas week commencing 28 October 2019 - Dates to be confirmed.

  • Ardwell
  • Bladnoch
  • Bargrennan
  • Glasserton
  • Palnure
  • Knowe Village
  • Challoch
  • Carsluith
  • Creetown
  • Port William
  • Blackcraig
  • Mochrum
  • Elrig  
  • Newton Stewart  
  • Wigtown
  • Glentrool
  • Kirkowan
  • Garlieston  
  • Drummore
  • Cairnryan
  • Port Logan
  • Sandhead
  • Stoneykirk
  • Lochans
  • Portpatrick
  • Leswalt
  • Kirkcolm
  • Minnigaff
  • Glenluce
  • Dunragit
  • Castle Kennedy
  • New Luce
  • Sorbie
  • Whauphill
  • Kirkinner
  • Whithorn

In future, food waste should be placed in your general household waste bin or alternatively certain food wastes can be composted.  The Council in partnership with Get offer opportunity to purchase these at a reduced price.

Frequently asked questions

Further information

If you have any queries regarding this change in kerbside collection method or the ending of your food waste collection service please phone us on 030 33 33 3000 or email


Page last updated: 11/10/2019
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