We are now in the first steps of returning to delivering a three-weekly general waste collection and two-weekly recycling collection.

In Lomond only we are restarting monthly glass collections from 6 July.
Decisions on how to re-introducing these collections were informed by the views of our customers who were keen to see as early a return to collecting recycling with as little disruption to uplifts as possible.

What day do I put my bins out?

If you live in Dunoon and Cowal, Mid Argyll, Tarbert, Oban and Lorn, Coll, Colonsay, Tiree, Lismore and Helensburgh and Lomond, your normal schedule for general waste and blue bins will restart during the week beginning 22 June. You will be able to check what date your bins go out, on the Council website from 19 June.

If you live in Kintyre (south of Kennacraig), Islay/Jura, Gigha and Mull/Iona, your normal schedule will resume during the week beginning 29 June. You will be able to check what date your bins go out from 26 June.

If you live on Bute you go back to three-weekly bin collections during the week beginning 29 June. However, Bute households were given a new two weekly timetable for waste during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep that new cycle for your recycling, as service providers have changed (the council is now providing this service directly rather than through the previous provider Fyne Futures), and revert to the previous three-weekly timetable for your domestic waste. You can look up your updated calendars from 26 June.

We know waste and recycling has been building up over the past weeks, so in the first cycle of the change-over we will uplift additional recycling which you have stored at home. Please present this in a cardboard box or similar container (so that it is visible to the crews) at the kerbside alongside your blue bin.

We will not be able to take additional recycling if it is presented in black bags because we will not be able to see what is in the bag. We have to ensure that it contains recycling so as not to contaminate the rest of the lorry load.

If you are unable to put your domestic waste in your green bin, or take it to the local civic amenity site, then you should put your blue bin which is full of domestic waste out with your green bin on your next scheduled green bin collection day. We will uplift both bins on the first cycle only.

If you have used your blue bin for domestic waste, please wash it out before you start to use it for recycling again.

You can also take any additional recycling, and additional general waste, to your local civic amenity site.

We also have some frequently asked questions on our website which will help guide you through the move back to the normal waste uplift cycle.

Thank you for your help over this challenging time.

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