Bins and recycling

East Dunbartonshire Council collects waste and recycling seven days a week.

Food waste may be collected on a different day from your recycling or general waste.

To make sure your bin is emptied, the lid must be fully closed and the bin placed at the kerbside or collection point by 7am.

Note: Gas canisters for bbqs, outdoor heaters and camping stoves or helium canisters to inflate balloons should not be placed in any household waste bins as they cause a major safety risk when disposed of incorrectly. Please take canisters to our Household Waste Recycling Centre at Mavis Valley, Bishopbriggs.

graphic showing which items go in each of the different coloured waste bins

View relevant info below.

What goes in my bins?

The Council will only collect household waste that is in the following bins:

Grey bin (general waste)

Blue bin (paper and cardboard)

  • Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines

  • Catalogues
  • Telephone directories

Please DO NOT put the following in your blue bin:

  • Pizza boxes
  • Packaging contaminated with food

Brown bin (plastic, glass and cans)

  • Glass jars
  • Glass bottles
  • Aerosol cans 
  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Clean Tin foil
  • Plastic bags e.g. carrier bags, bread or vegetable bags
  • Plastic bottles e.g. juice, milk, bleach and cleaning bottles
  • Plastic trays e.g. from microwave meals and fruit punnets
  • Plastic pots e.g. yoghurt pots, pudding pots, noodle and soup pots
  • Plastic tubs e.g. margarine or ice cream tubs

Please ensure all plastics have been rinsed and squashed and all cans have been emptied and rinsed before disposing of them. Top tip - rinse your recycling after washing your dishes to save water.

Green bin (garden waste)

  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Grass cuttings
  • Shrub/Hedge clippings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds (not invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed)
  • Twigs/Branches
  • Straw or animal bedding

Grey food caddy (food waste)

  • Cereal and grains
  • Bread and pastries
  • Cooked and raw fish
  • Cooked and raw meat
  • Eggs and dairy (including egg shells)
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Rice and pasta
  • Out of date food
  • Spoiled or excess food
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bones

Please DO NOT put the following in your grey food caddy:

  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Packaging of any sort
  • Clingfilm and plastic bags
  • Fats, oils and grease unless solidified
  • Cutlery and crockery
  • Bottles, cans and jars
  • Aluminium foil

If you have extra or additional waste that will not fit in your bin you can arrange for a Special uplift or dispose of this yourself at Mavis Valley recycling centre.

Find your Collection Day

If you can't find your street or the collection information appears to be inaccurate please let us know by emailing the GIS team

View the street A-Z and calendars within the documents section of this page.

Waste Calendar 

View the street A-Z  to check which of the following calendars you are.

Calendar 1

waste calendar 1

Calendar 2

waste calendar 2

Report a Missed Bin

Before reporting a missed bin please ensure that:

  • your bin was on the kerbside from 7am on your scheduled collection day
  • you have put your bin out on the right day - check your Collection Day above
  • the lid is fully closed
  • if it is a recycling bin, that the correct items are in it
  • access to the bin is not blocked by roadworks or parked cars.

If missed please fill in the missed bin form.

Waste Collection Assistance

East Dunbartonshire Council can help residents who can’t get their bins to the kerb side. This help is only available to residents who meet certain criteria. You will need to apply for the help and we will consider your:

  • Age
  • Type of home
  • Health
  • Disability

If you are accepted then we will agree where your bins will be collected from and returned to and when the first collection will happen.

You can complete the online form, contact Customer Services or get someone to do this on your behalf. You can also request help behalf of another.

We will check your application, which may include a home survey. We will mutually agree a convenient time for the visit.

This service is reviewed on a regular basis. Reviews will be based on the details provided.

If you would like to appeal, contact Waste within ten working days on  tel:0300 123 4510. The appeal will need to evidence relating to rejection.

Replacement bins

There is currently a charge of £22.40 for your first or a replacement grey general waste bin. For replacement bins please complete our bin supply and removal form or telephone Customer Services on tel:0300 123 4510.

Christmas tree recycling

Once the festive fun is over, don't fir-get to recycle your real Christmas tree to ensure that it doesn’t contribute to rubbish going to landfill. 
From Tuesday 3 January 2023 you can dispose of your tree in a skip at these locations:

  • William Patrick Library car park, Kirkintilloch 
  • Mavis Valley Recycling Centre, Bishopbriggs 

If you're unable to take your tree to a recycling point, you can call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 4510. We can arrange for your Christmas tree to be picked up or your garden waste bin emptied, free of charge, between 16 January and 22 January 2023.

Compost your garden waste

Full information on home composting can be found at Zero Waste Scotland Home Composting [opens in a new window]. You can buy composters at garden centres, supermarkets and online. 

Recycling Energy Saving Light Bulbs

You can recycle your energy saving light bulbs at our Mavis Valley Recycling Centre. Please tell a member of staff when you arrive that you would like to recycle light bulbs.

What are real nappies?

Modern real nappies are very practical and offer parents and parents-to-be an alternative to disposable nappies.

Real nappies are made of lightweight, fluffy fabrics which can be machine washed and reused over and over again, while disposable nappies can only be used once.

Benefits of using real nappies

Benefits of using real nappies include:

• Can save you money 

• Convenient to wash and dry

• Easy to use and comfortable for baby

• Reduces your household waste, which goes to landfill sites

• Available in a variety of styles, materials and sizes there is one to suit every pocket and lifestyle


On average a baby goes through 5,000 disposable nappies, a cost of around £650 to £1300. A set of 'real' nappies costs £150 or less.


In the UK, 8 million nappies a day are sent to landfill. Studies show that you can reduce your environmental effect by up to 40% by choosing reusable nappies.

Convenience and comfort

'Real' nappies are shaped to fit, like disposable nappies. Some can be adjusted to fit from birth up to potty training.


Use 'real' nappies to suit your lifestyle, perhaps switching from reusable, at home, to disposables when out and about. 

Households with COVID-19

If someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 you can securely store personal waste including used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths within disposable rubbish bags. These should be:

  • placed into another bag
  • tied securely
  • kept separate from other waste
  • put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your general waste bin
  • Please check NHS Inform for up to date advice.

We appreciate your understanding during these extremely challenging times as we seek to balance the maintenance of essential services with the need to protect our employees and meet government and NHS guidelines on social distancing.