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Your recycling service now includes a new grey lidded recycling bin

Stacked grey-lidded wheeled bins

From Monday 30 October 2023 your Recycling Service is changing.  As a result of the recent severe weather, there is likely to be some delays in receiving your packs and/or some grey lidded bins. Please be patient and you will receive these as soon as possible.  If you've not received your grey-lidded bin to date, please log this as a general enquiry or call our Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476.

If you have your grey bin now please remove the tape on it and start splitting your blue contents in two!

For blue-lidded bin collections still to take place, please present your normal blue bin on your collection day and once emptied, start to use your new grey-lidded bin.

Your comprehensive information pack about the new recycling service is on its way. 

What is happening and why?

This service change means splitting the current contents of the blue-lidded bins into two recycling bins; paper and cardboard will continue to be recycled in the blue-lidded bins and plastic, cans and cartons will go into the grey lidded recycling bin.

All residents in Perth and Kinross Council's (PKC) service area that have a blue-lidded bin collection will move to the new service.

If you do not currently have recycling bins, you can request this service by visiting our Your kerbside bins pages. We currently provide recycling services to 97% of households within PKC however there are some properties it is not logistically viable to service.

By splitting the waste into 2 containers we look to achieve the following benefits:

  • It brings PKC in line with the Charter for Household Recycling, this was designed to bring consistency to recycling services across Scotland
  • Reduce contamination levels, Studies have shown that splitting the recyclates over 2 containers brings down contamination levels, this means that materials collected are more likely to be recycled, as paper and cardboard which are easily contaminated by liquids or food remnants left on cans & plastics are kept separate and clean.

Will the collection frequency for my bin change?

Following the introduction of the new service we intend to monitor how it is working in terms of quality and volumes of recycling. When sufficient data has been collected and reviewed, this will determine whether any changes to collection schedules are required or not.

What can I recycle in my grey bin?

With the new recycling arrangements commencing,  blue bins will accept paper and cardboard only and the new grey-lidded recycling bins will accept plastics, cans and cartons. Please see the exceptions in the FAQs below for those who have not yet received a letter or grey-lidded bin.

The new grey-lidded bins will also accept two new materials, soft plastics and foils. 

Soft plastics and foil have never been recycled at the kerbside before in Perth and Kinross. This is great news as these materials currently make up around 9% of your general waste bin by weight and even more by volume, due to the materials being so light.


  • 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 

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.



  • Paper and cardboard
  • Polystyrene 
  • Nappies 
  • Items contaminated with food 
  • Oil and paint tins 
  • Glass 
  • Toys 
  • Electrical items and e-cigarettes 
  • Textiles, clothing and shoes 
  • Medicine Blister packs


Please remember despite black/plastic bags being included in the new grey bin, items will still need to be placed in loose.

If you would like to discuss this upcoming change, please contact Waste Services online at MyPKC, or by phoning our Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476.


How are Perth and Kinross Council funding this service change?

Perth & Kinross Council have obtained £2.72m funding from Scottish Government via the Recycling Improvement Fund which is administered by Zero Waste Scotland; this funding will cover the capital costs of the service change.

I don't have a grey-lidded bin

Your grey lidded bin is on its way, we are aware of grey lidded-bins still to be delivered in the following areas:

·       North Carse (including Collace) (Your collection day is a Wednesday)

·       New Alyth, Meigle, Ardler (Your collection day is a Friday)

·       Bridge Of Cally, Glenshee, Kirkmichael (Your collection day is a Saturday)

·       Woodside, Burrelton, Meiklour, Tullybaccart, Islabank, Markethill (Your collection day is a Wednesday)

·       Braco, Greenloaning, Blackford Rural, Strathallan East (Your collection day is a Monday)

·       Bridgend (Crieff), Blackford, West Strathallan, Gilmerton (Your collection day is a Wednesday)

·       Dalginross, Glen Artney, Cultybraggan, Langside Rd, The Hosh, Hebridean Gardens Area. (Your collection day is a Thursday)

·       Madderty Rural & St Davids (Your collection day is a Saturday)

·       Logiealmond + Tullybelton (Your collection day is a Sunday)

·       Rait, Kilspindie, Kinfauns, Bridgend South (Your collection day is a Sunday)

·       Auchterarder Rural (including Forgandenny) (Your collection day is a Wednesday)

·       Powmill (Your collection day is a Friday)

We are aiming to have all these areas complete next week and we will provide a delivery update throughout the week.

If you are outside of these areas and still do not have a bin, please log this as a general enquiry on MyPKC. Please do not log an enquiry if you have already reported this, you have been added to our delivery list.

I haven't split the contents of my blue-lidded bin yet

In these circumstances we will still collect your blue-lidded bin with mixed recycling, however this will be for November only on the new collection schedule, whilst everyone gets used to the changes.

Please begin to split the contents of your blue-lidded bin between your grey and blue-lidded bins after your next blue-lidded bin collection.

Please note any bin containing general waste will not be emptied.

When are my new bin collection dates?

A letter has been sent to all householders affected by the service change; this letter contains your new collection dates for the remainder of the year. These dates can also be found by viewing your bin collection dates, where your next blue, grey, brown and green-lidded bin collection dates will be displayed. 

I don't have a letter

Your comprehensive information pack is on its way. 

If you have not yet received an information pack and would like one, please log a general enquiry.

If you require accessible formats of information, please log this as a general enquiry alternatively please contact out Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476

I have a full, blue-lidded bin but my new collection date is very far away

We are happy for you to present your blue lidded bin with dry mixed recycling on either your blue or grey-lidded bin day for November, whilst everyone gets used to the new service.

I have only just received my grey-lidded bin and my collection is soon

If you do not feel your grey-lidded bin is full enough and you would not like to present it, you can wait until the next collection. For the month of November, we are still happy to collect dry mixed recycling in your blue-lidded bins even on your new grey-lidded bin days to allow everyone time to adjust to the new service.

I've been splitting my recycling, but blue and grey bins are being emptied at the same time?

Thank you for beginning to split your recycling between your blue and grey-lidded bin. We understand it may be confusing to see both blue and grey-lidded bins being uplifted on the same day in your area, however for November we are happy to uplift dry mixed recycling within blue bins for those who are not able to wait until the new scheduled blue collection or who do not yet have a grey bin. This is in place for November until everyone gets used to the new collection service.

An example of this is, you have a full blue bin and have only just received your grey bin, but your new blue-lidded bin collection date is nearly a month away. In this scenario we will happily accept your blue bin with dry mixed recycling (plastics, cans, cartons, paper and card).

How am I meant to cope with 4 weekly collections?

At the moment we operate on a 2 weekly cycle with general waste collected on week 1 and recycling collected on week 2.  The new service will see a move to a 4 week cycle with general waste collected on week 1, paper/cardboard collected on week 2, general waste collected on week 3 and cans/plastics collected on week 4. There will be no reduction to garden food waste or general waste collections. 

I don't want to participate, can I opt out?

Unfortunately, we will be unable to continue to offer a mixed recycling service as we will not have a contract for the disposal of mixed recyclates and we will not have the front-line resources to provide uplifts.

Bins are provided to properties and as a local authority we have an obligation to provide recycling services to all properties where it is operational viable to do so as per section 46 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

For example, if you were to move from the property, we would still have the obligation to provide that service to the new resident. As such you do not have the option to opt out of the service.

Where am I meant to keep this new bin?

We appreciate that some residents may have issues with storage of new bins. Residents will be required to keep the new bins within the grounds of their property and present bins to the kerbside for collection, as they do with current bins. In exceptional circumstances a new online form will be created for residents that believe they will struggle to store the new containers. Waste Services staff will assess these on a case-by-case basis to provide solutions.

Talks will be taking place between factors for flatted properties, housing associations and the councils housing department as well as with all elected members so that we are aware of potential problem areas and work towards a solution. For those that are utilising a communal bin store, either at a block of flatted properties or a rural road end collection we have carried out an assessment of your bin store. For those that do not have space currently for the new containers work commenced in March 2023 to extend storage space to ensure that there is room for bins to be stored safely.

What about glass? 

Based on the waste analysis of the green bins in PKC (general waste), around 5% of the contents of the green bins contain glass. Resident of PKC already do an great job at recycling glass at local supermarkets, recycling points and centres.

The Scottish Household Recycling Charter Code of Practice places emphasis on improving the quality of the recycling material collected, with glass being collected as a separate stream and not mixed with other recyclates as this may degrade the quality of other recycling streams.

To consider collecting glass at the kerbside would require an additional fleet of vehicles as glass cannot be collected on its own using the same fleet of recycling vehicles as glass is a very abrasive material; this is not a viable option due to the significant costs and impact to the environment to provide a kerbside service. Whilst glass kerbside collection would be popular, the relatively small amounts put into non-recyclable waste bins does not justify the additional cost of running a separate fleet of vehicles. To ensure compliance with the Charter, the Council will continue to collect colour segregated glass through the network of glass recycling points and Household Recycling Centres.

Last modified on 01 March 2024

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