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

Coronavirus: Bins and recycling

The latest information on bins, recycling and public toilets

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 1 April.

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

There are currently no changes to service. Please ensure bins are kerbside, or waste is in the agreed uplift location, for 7:30am as there may be changes to usual collection times. 

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.

Householders are also reminded that personal wastes such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being placed in their green bins.

Your bins should only be used for household items. If you have any DIY wastes that you would normally take to the Recycling Centre, these should be bagged (if possible) and stored until the centres reopen.

Recycling Centres

In the interest of public health, we have closed all 9 of our Recycling Centres across Perth and Kinross. Protecting the health of our staff and the public are paramount.

If you have items you would normally dispose of at Recycling Centres, we ask that these items are stored securely until services resume.

Commercial Waste and Recycling Collections

There are currently no changes to service. Please ensure bins/sacks are kerbside for 7:30am as there may be changes to usual collection times.

We appreciate that the current situation may impact on your business. If your business need has changed and you would like to reduce or postpone collections please contact the Commercial Waste Team on 01738 476476, by emailing CommercialWasteTeam@pkc.gov.uk or by using our online portal.

Bulky Uplifts

Bulky uplifts are now suspended. This will allow staff to undertake priority collections. If you have bulky items to dispose of, please store these securely until service resumes.

Bin Deliveries and Repair

Repair and replacement of bins is suspended. We will only deliver bins to those with no container for general waste. We are taking this action to allow Waste Services staff to undertake priority bin collections.

Recycling Points

There are currently no changes to servicing of Recycling Points. If you find a Recycling Point 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.

Please consider if your trip is strictly necessary and allow additional time to maintain a social distance from other site users. Please also wash your hands before and after using the Recycling Points.

Friarton Weighbridge

The Friarton Depot Weighbridge is now closed. We are taking this action to allow Waste Services staff to undertake priority bin collections.

Commercial customers should store their waste securely until this service resumes.

Skip Hire

Skip hire delivery and removal is now suspended for both domestic and commercial customers. This will allow staff to undertake priority collections.

Public Toilets

Council operated public toilets are currently closed due to significantly reduced footfall, and prioritisation of delivering critical services.

The Council currently operates a Comfort Scheme in partnership with local businesses and organisations to allow members of the public to use their toilet facilities free of charge. We would advise the public to check directly with these locations to establish as most will not currently be open.

Contact details

Waste and recycling

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