Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Bins and recycling

For the health and wellbeing of our bin crews, householders are reminded to properly contain their waste when presenting this for uplift ensuring it is bagged securely and placed in your bin.

Personal wastes (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely in a separate rubbish bag. These bags should then be placed in another bag, tied and kept separately for 72 hours before being put in your wheelie bin. Please remember to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after handling any waste or using your wheelie bin.

Taking these actions will help protect our staff allowing them to continue servicing bins across Perth and Kinross.

The information below details the latest waste and recycling updates, last edited 7 October.

Getting in contact

The best way to contact the Waste Team is online. Visit our MyPKC pages to view the services you can apply for or report. Alternatively, you can email us at recycle@pkc.gov.uk. Our Customer Service Centre is now taking all calls. Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Street Sweeping and Litter Bins

Our street sweeping staff are currently supporting essential council services and this is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Our staff have continued to be present throughout the pandemic and during this past summer we have endeavoured to keep our streets litter free while also ensuring that domestic waste is uplifted, minimising the public health risk. We have also continued to offer a reduced mechanical street sweeping service.

Moving into the winter period, our street sweeping staff will increasingly be called upon to support the essential services. Our teams will require to prioritise work such as uplifting domestic waste, emptying street litter bins, ensuring there is no risk to public health. You may witness an increase in litter on our streets or on road verges, and a likely increase in the presence of leaves on pavements and roads, along with other detritus. We will work systematically and methodically, but the timeframe between service visits is likely to increase significantly.

New temporary Fly-tipping Fund

A new temporary Fly-tipping Fund has opened for applications.  For more details, please visit the Fly-tipping Fund webpage. 

Recycling Centres

All Recycling Centres are open to both domestic and commercial users. We currently have measures in place to ensure the safety of site users and staff. For information on what to expect on site, and for details on all site recycling facilities, please visit our Recycling Centre pages.

If you are a Recycling Centre Permit Holder, please visit our permit pages for information on displaying your permit correctly.

    If you are vulnerable or shielding and have no support to assist you in getting to a Recycling Centre, visit our Special Uplifts for Bulky Waste pages for information on kerbside Special Collections.

    Kerbside Household Waste and Recycling Bin Collections (including pink sacks and assisted lifts)

    To ensure social distancing whilst driving, our lorries will now have a driver and a loader only. A second vehicle will follow with another driver and the second loader to empty bins.

    We anticipate this new way of working will likely slow us down. Please present your bin by 7:30am on the morning of collection. If your bin is not emptied on the scheduled pick up day, please leave it presented at the collection point so we are able to return on another day to empty any bins we have been unable to collect.

    With many of us now working from home, the additional cars parked on streets are causing some access issues for our bin lorries. We ask that you please park in a courteous location on your bin collection day. 

    All waste should be contained in your bin with the lid fully closed. Do not leave excess waste at the side or on top of the bin as this will not be collected.

    Your bins should only be used for household items. If you have any DIY waste, please take this to your nearest Recycling Centre.

    For more information on items you can recycle in your kerbside bin, please see our icon Household Waste and Recycling Guide [1Mb].

    English

    Personal wastes (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely in a separate rubbish bag. These bags should then be placed in another bag, tied and kept separately for 72 hours before being put in your wheelie bin. Please remember to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after handling any waste or using your wheelie bin.

    Bulgarian

    Личните отпадъци (например използвани салфетки и носни кърпички) и почистващи кърпички за еднократна употреба задължително се слагат в отделна торба за боклук. След това тези торби се поставят в чувал, който да бъде затворен и оставен да престой 72 часа, преди да бъде изхвърлен в контейнера за боклук. Моля, не забравяйте да измивате ръцете си със сапун и вода в продължение на поне 20 секунди, след като сте пипали отпадъци или контейнер за боклук

    Romanian

    Deșeurile personale(cum ar fi șervete) și cârpele de curățat dispensabile trebuie păstrate în siguranță într-un sac de gunoi separat. Acești saci trebuie plasați în alți saci, legați și păstrați separat timp de 72 de ore înainte de a fi aruncați la tomberon. Vă rugăm să țineți minte sa vă spălați mereu mâinile cu săpun și apă timp de cel puțin 20 de secunde după manevrarea oricărui gunoi sau tomberon. 

    Garden waste disposal

    At this time the use of garden bonfires to dispose of garden waste should be avoided. Smoke from bonfires can cause nuisance to neighbouring residents and may also adversely impact upon those with respiratory conditions. Please consider that some of your neighbours are in isolation, so opening their windows is the only opportunity to get fresh air.

    Alternative methods of disposing of garden waste include: using your nearest Recycling Centre; composting at home (visit our Composting at home page for more information); leaving your grass clippings on the lawn to break down; making leaf mould, or using grass clippings as a soil mulch. If the waste is not suitable for any of these treatments, and you are in a brown bin area, you can purchase a Garden Waste Permit. Visit our garden waste pages for further information.

    Garden waste bonfires are detrimental to local air quality, may impact your health and that of your neighbours, along with adversely affecting neighbours with smoke and odour. If there is no alternative, the following guidance should be followed:

    • Minimise the frequency and duration of bonfires.
    • Consider the impact smoke can have on other residents.  
    • Any material which is burned should be dry.
    • Materials such as general household waste, rubber tyres, and items containing paint, foam or plastic should never be burned. 
    • Do not light bonfires on damp, still days or on windy days.

    Friarton Weighbridge 

    The Friarton Weighbridge is open for Commercial customers. The weighbridge is open 7 days a week 08:00 to 16:00. In line with current hygiene guideline, no cash payments will be accepted. All payment must be made by card only. Prices are available on our Commercial Permit pages.

    For the most up-to-date information please visit the commercial waste news pages.

    Recycling Points

    Due to servicing issues, the small waste electrical recycling banks in Auchterarder, Oakbank and Scone Park and Ride are closed.

    There are currently no changes to servicing of any other facilities at Recycling Points. If you find a Recycling Point bank/bin is full, please do not leave items on the ground in front, or at the side, of containers. To report a full Recycling Point, visit the Recycling Point pages.

    When using a site, please maintain a social distance and also wash your hands before and after using the Recycling Points.

    Bin deliveries and repair

    Deliveries and repair have now restarted. Due to suspension of this service during lockdown, repairs and deliveries may take longer. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and would ask for your understanding while we work to clear our backlog.

    Skip Hire

    We are currently struggling to fulfil skip hire requests due to the current strain on resources. Our Operations Team have prioritised the transfer of waste/recycling from our depots and Recycling Centres to ensure our kerbside services and bring-to sites remain operating as usual.

    Customers can still contact and make their request, however please note that provision will depend on available resources. For more details, please visit the Skip hire webpage. 

    Contact details

    Waste and recycling

    Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
    Tel 01738 476476