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City Centre bin hubs

Perth City Centre's Recycling Service has been updated.

Bin hubs, introduced to replace the pink sack collection service in Perth City Centre, have been updated. In additional to the general waste containers, from late November 2022 bin hubs now include blue and grey-lidded bins. Communal food waste recycling bins are also located nearby. 

How do I find my nearest bin hub?

Enter your address details to find the location of your nearest Bin Hub. If you require further assistance, please call our Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476 or email

Why did the pink sack service change?

Bin Hubs were previously introduced to Perth City centre replacing the need for pink sacks which would sit on the street for collection creating several issues for both residents and businesses. These issues included:

  • Waste put out on the wrong day or over night lying in the street becoming an obstruction and eyesore
  • Sacks attract pests such as seagulls who often scatter the contents causing a huge amount of mess
  • Clusters of sacks can encourage illegal dumping which is costly to dispose of
  • Bad weather blowing sacks around, often causing them to spill their contents
  • Residents having to store waste in their property until collection day

Will I still receive an annual supply of pink sacks?

Residents will no longer require pink sacks, and are free to use ordinary bin bags for containing their waste being put in the communal containers.

Using Perth City Centre bin hubs

Residents are asked to place waste and recycling inside the bins, and not leave any on top, in front of or at the side of the containers. Doing so may prevent the bin being emptied.

Bin Hubs are for domestic use only. Commercial businesses or organisations are not permitted to dispose of waste or recycling in these containers, and doing so may attract a penalty notice. For information on disposing of commercial/business waste, please visit our commercial waste pages.

Grey-lidded bin recycling

For blue bin recycling, please ensure when recycling is placed into the container it is flat, dry and loose. No plastic bags/bins bags should be used to contain recycling.

Materials that can be recycled are as follows:

  • Plastics - Rinsed and Squashed
    • Plastic food and drinks bottles 
    • Plastic toiletry and cleaning bottles 
    • Plastic tablet and medicine bottles 
    • Pots, tubs and trays 
    • Lids and tops- Keep attached 
    • Yoghurt pots 
  • Soft plastics - un bagged - including:
  • Crisp packets
  • Empty plastic bags
  • Empty black bags 
  • fruit and veg nets 
  • films, e.g. ready meal films 
  • bread bags 
  • sweet wrappers 
  • cling film
  • bubble wrap 

Please do not put toothpaste tubes in your recycling, these must go into your green-lidded bin.

  • Metals - Empty and rinsed 
    • Tins and cans
    • Drinks cans 
    • Empty Aerosols 
    • Foil trays (clean)
    • Pet food pouches (clean) 
    • Aluminium foil (clean)
    • Metal jar lids 
    • Screw top lids on jars and wine bottles
    • Foil takeaway containers 
    • Foil barbeque trays 
    • Foil sweet wrappers
    • Foil milk bottle tops
    • Foil freezing trays
    • Cigarette and tobacco foil
  • Cartons - (e.g. Tetrapacks)
    • Fruit juice, milk, soup and sauce cartons
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Polystyrene 
  • Nappies 
  • Items contaminated with food 
  • Oil and paint tins 
  • Glass 
  • Toys 
  • Electrical items and e-cigarettes (including batteries)
  • Textiles, clothing and shoes 
  • Medicine Blister packs

When recycling your foil, always make sure you:

  • wipe or shake off any crumbs
  • rinse off any food or sauce - dirty foil can make your bin smell and is classed as food contamination which can result in a rejected collection 
  • save smaller pieces of kitchen foil, scrunch them together into a ball with foil sweet wrappers and foil lids before recycling- this helps when it is being picked up at 
  • check if it has a lot of baked-on food or is very greasy, for example from a roast or barbecue, this should be put straight into your green-lidded bin - this is because it's too heavily contaminated and could disrupt the recycling process.

For soft plastics, make sure you:

  • empty out crisp packets and food packaging 
  • ensure soft plastics are added to the grey-lidded bin loose (unbagged) 
  • check if there is a lot of contamination, for example food leftovers that are hard to clean off. If so, the soft plastics should be put straight into your green-lidded bin as including too heavily contaminated materials could disrupt the recycling process.

Blue-lidded bin recycling

  • Paper- Clean and dry
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines, catalogues and directories
  • Junk mail
  • Letter and envelopes (including windows)
  • Office and shredded paper
  • Paperback books - or these can be donated to a charity shop LINK
  • Glitter-free, non-metallic wrapping paper
  • Large and small cardboard boxes - e.g. detergent boxes, cereal boxes and packaging
  • Brown corrugated packaging
  • Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • Glitter free greeting cards
  • Plastic cans and cartons
  • Tissues and napkins
  • Padded envelopes
  • Kitchen towels
  • Cardboard contaminated with food
  • Wallpaper
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene
  • Pizza boxes contaminated with grease
  • Electrical items and e-cigarettes (including batteries)
  • Textiles, clothing and shoes


Food waste recycling

For easy food waste recycling you can use a food waste caddy and liners to collect food waste in your household. You can receive a free food waste caddy and one roll of compostable liners by visiting a 'Kitchen caddy' near you. Compostable caddy liners can also be ordered through this link.

When recycling food waste please do not use plastic bags, instead line your caddy with compostable liners, newspaper or use it without a liner. 

Materials that can be recycled are as follows:

  • Dairy and eggs 
  • Meat and bones    
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds 
  • Plate scrapings 
  • Fruit and vegetables 
  • Bread, cake and pastries 
  • Rice and pasta 
  • Cooked food 
  • Glass
  • Dog waste
  • Liquids
  • Oils
  • Foil
  • Plastic packaging
  • Cling film

Access to recycling services for additional recycling needs

There are over 151 Recycling Points and 9 Recycling Centres across Perth and Kinross. Please find additional dry mixed recycling (cans, cardboard, cartons, paper and rigid plastics) facilities at A.K Bell, Carpenter Court, Matalan and Mill Street.

To find additional recycling facilities near you, use our find my nearest search tool.

Special uplifts for bulky waste uplifts

Bulky waste should not be left next to Bin Hubs. For information on how to donate or dispose of bulky waste items, please visit our special uplift page.

Last modified on 22 July 2024

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