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 2 July.
Getting in contact
Our Customer Service Centre is currently taking emergency calls only. Please only contact them if you feel your enquiry is an emergency. Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.
New temporary Fly-tipping Fund
From Monday 15th June, a new temporary Fly-tipping Fund will be open for applications. For more details, please visit the Fly-tipping Fund webpage.
All Recycling Centres are open to both domestic and commercial users. All site waste and recycling facilities are available, please visit our Recycling Centre pages for a full list.
A high volume of householders and Commercial Permit holders are visiting our sites. Please be prepared to wait as users will be spending more time on site per visit. Please note the following conditions will apply:
- If you are a Domestic Exemption Permit Holder [696Kb] or a Commercial Permit Holder [699Kb], please display your permit in your windscreen. This should either be an A4 sized print out, or electronically on a tablet. Due to social distancing, we cannot accept permits displayed on phones
- Please ensure you have separated your materials in advance of going to the Recycling Centre. This will reduce your time on site
- Please stay in your vehicle until you have been allocated a space to unload your items. Be prepared to wait in a queue
- Only one person per vehicle may exit the car to dispose of items unless absolutely necessary (for example lifting bulky items)
- You will not be permitted to queue on the road - if you arrive at the site and there is no room to queue off-road, you must leave and return at another time
- Site Attendants will not be permitted to assist in lifting or carrying of bags,
If you have glass, paper, cardboard, cans or textiles, you can take these to your nearest Recycling Point.
Normal opening hours and days apply. Please visit our Recycling Centre pages for opening hours/days.
If you are a Commercial Permit holder, you can also dispose of chargeable waste/recycling at Friarton Weighbridge. Visit our Commercial Permit pages for information on prices.
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.
For further information, please check our Recycling Centre Reopening FAQs [130Kb].
Kerbside Household Waste and Recycling Bin Collections (including pink sacks and assisted lifts)
There are currently no changes to service, however, from Monday 20 April we will be introducing changes to the way our bin crews complete their routes. 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 take time to settle and 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.
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.
For more information on items you can recycle in your kerbside bin, please see our Household Waste and Recycling Guide [1Mb].
Garden waste disposal
Following the closure of our Recycling Centres as part of our COVID-19 response, the Council has seen an increase in the number of complaints regarding householders burning garden waste.
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: 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.
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.
Due to servicing issues, the small waste electrical recycling banks in Auchterarder, Oakbank and Scone Park and Ride are now closed (Wednesday 6 May).
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.
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.
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.
For news specific to commercial waste uplifts, visit our dedicated news pages.
Special uplift for bulky waste
From 8 June, we will be restarting our Special Uplifts for Bulky Waste for all householders.
Special uplifts can only be booked through our customer contact centre on 01738 476476. We can only accept card payments at this time.
Uplifts cost £35. We will uplift up to 5 bulky items (1 item = 3 black bags). All items must be placed at the kerbside - we cannot uplift from inside properties, sheds or garages.
Please remember if you are presenting bagged waste that you make sure you double bag and leave aside for 72 hours before collection. In addition, no sharp items should be placed in bags. These measures are to protect our staff whilst handling waste.
Bin deliveries and repair
Deliveries and repair will restart on 1 June. Due to suspension of this service in March, 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 delivery and removal is now suspended for both domestic and commercial customers. This will allow staff to undertake priority collections.