Watch Now - Your Waste Service is Changing

A video covering the way your waste service is changing and the transcript which accompanies it.


We are changing your waste and recycling services to improve
the quality of the waste we collect for recycling.

Whilst also increasing the amount of materials we recycle.
To do this we are introducing two new bins.

The blue lidded bin is for paper, card and cardboard.
The red lidded bin is for metals, plastics and cartons -
including plastic pots, tubs and trays.

The average general waste bin in Dumfries and Galloway
contains a lot of waste that could be recycled. Although the
Eco-deco plant diverts much of this from landfill, turning it into
a fuel source used to produce energy, it is much better to recycle.

In the new system, your existing bin will be collected every two
weeks. It should only be used for items that cannot be recycled
using your recycling bins.

Anyone currently using communal bins or council supplied
bags will be provided with additional communal bins or hessian
sacks for recycling.

A blue hessian sack for paper, card and cardboard and a
red sack for plastic, metals and cartons, including plastic
pots, tubs and trays.

A weekly food waste collection service will be introduced for six
of the region's largest towns (Dumfries, Annan, Stranraer, Dalbeattie, Gretna and Lockerbie).

For these areas, food waste will be collected weekly. All food waste can be
recycled including meat, fish, bones, tea and coffee grounds, out
of date food and even egg shells.

The new service will not be collecting glass from the kerbside.
This is in part because of Scotland's Deposit Return Scheme
that expects to see 85% of glass drinks bottles returned via the scheme
 rather than being collected by local councils for recycling.

Glass bottles or jars can still be recycled
by taking them to your local recycling point or household waste recycling centre.

Details of your local Recycling Point to recycle glass bottles and
jars can be found on our website.

All the information you need to make the most of the new
service will be delivered with your new bins, including a service
guide and a collection calendar.

To make this process as easy as possible your collection day will
remain the same. Simply present the correct bin for collection at
the usual time.

By making these changes in Dumfries and Galloway we are
helping Scotland to move closer to more consistent recycling,
meaning no matter where you live, the recycling service will be
easier to understand and use.

For more information see the waste recycling page on the council's
website at dumgal dot gov dot uk, forward slash waste recycling -
all one word, or phone the Council's Contact Centre on 030 33 33 3000.

Page last updated: 12/01/2022
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