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Overview of New Service

Dumfries and Galloway Council is introducing a new waste and recycling service across the region.

Wigtownshire began using this new service in November 2020 and the rollout to the rest of the region will take place between March and June 2021. Visit the Upcoming Changes to Household Recycling Collections Page to find out when you will receive the new service.

Recycling Containers

The new service allows you to easily recycle a range of items from your home. The majority of households will receive two new wheelie bins for recycling:

  • Blue-lidded bin for paper, card and cardboard.
  • Red-lidded bin for plastics, metals and cartons.

Blue Lidded Wheelie BinMaroon Lidded Wheelie Bin

Some properties will receive shared bins or reusable recycling sacks if there is no space for wheelie bins.

You can find out how to use the new service, including what you can and cannot recycle, by downloading a copy of this leaflet:

Non-recyclable Waste

When the new service starts we will collect your non-recyclable waste bin fortnightly. Recycling the right materials in the right bins will mean a less frequent collection of your non-recyclable waste bin will be manageable.

Bin Collection Dates

The new service operates over a four-week cycle, meaning you will have either recyclable or non-recyclable waste collected once a week. A typical collection cycle may look like this:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Blue-lidded recycling bin

Non-recyclable waste

Red-lidded recycling bin

Non-recyclable waste

You can find out when your bins will be collected below:

Check Your Waste Collection Schedule >>

Glass Bottles and Jars

You can recycle glass bottles and jars at Recycling Points and Household Waste Recycling Centres - there is no need to separate colours, just rinse, remove tops and pop them in the glass bank. When the new service is rolled out there will be over 80 Recycling Points across the region. You can find out where your nearest Recycling Point below:

Recycling Reminder Cards

You can download our Recycling Reminder cards to print at home to help you remember what you can recycle in each bin.

Food Waste

Residents in Stranraer currently receive a food waste recycling service. Later in the year this will be extended to Annan, Dalbeattie, Dumfries, Gretna and Lockerbie.

Residents in these areas will be provided with a small kitchen caddy, a supply of liners and a larger kerbside caddy.

You can recycle all cooked and uncooked food waste using this service. Food waste should be placed in the kitchen caddy using the liners then once full, bagged food waste can be placed into the larger caddy, usually stored outside. Place your larger caddy out for collection once a week on your usual collection day.

Replacement liners are provided as required. To get more caddy liners, tie a liner to the handle of your caddy and leave it out on collection day. Our operatives carry liners in the vehicles and will leave them for you.

The Scottish Government requires local authorities to collect food waste from urban areas and defines these by specific post codes. For Dumfries and Galloway, only the six towns listed above are included. This is why we will only be providing separate food waste collections to these areas. There are no plans to extend this service to other areas due to the significant financial costs involved in delivering this type of service.

Question and Answer Session

We recently held an online Q&A session with the Chair of the Communities Committee Councillor Andy Ferguson and Service Manager for Infrastructure and Commissioning James McLeod. Give it a watch to find out more about when the new Kerbside Recycling arrangements will be rolled out, how it will affect you, how much it is costing and much more.

Further information

Page last updated: 22/04/2021
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