How to sort your household waste

Blue Bin and Bag

The following materials can be recycled in your blue bin or bag:

  • paper
  • cardboard (including food and drinks cartons)
  • steel and aluminium tins
  • plastic bottles and food containers.

Please do not place the following items in your blue bin or bag:

  • plastic bags
  • polystyrene
  • plastic film
  • textiles
  • shoes
  • glass
  • residual household waste
  • food waste
  • garden waste
  • polythene bags or cellophane wrappers
  • glass bottles and jars.

Brown Bin

The following materials can be recycled in your brown bin:

  • grass cuttings
  • weeds
  • shrub cuttings
  • hedge trimmings
  • flowers and plants
  • leaves & twigs.

Householders wishing to recycle garden waste in an Inverclyde Council brown bin need to buy a seasonal garden waste permit. 

To register and pay for your permit please follow link.

Please do not place the following items in your brown bin:

  • cellophane type wrappers, cling film, plastic bags
  • vegetable peelings, tea bags, food scraps (due to risk of compost becoming infected with e.g. salmonella, picked up from kitchen surfaces).

Please DO NOT place the following items in your brown bin (these items should be taken to the Recycling Centre at Pottery Street):

  • garden tools
  • garden equipment
  • garden furniture
  • rubble (please note that a car boot load of rubble can be deposited free of charge, any amount greater than this will incur a charge). 

Seasonal brown bin collections take place between March and November.  

Fortnightly garden waste collections have commenced.

Please present your brown bin by 7am on your regular recycling collection day.

Brown bins without permits will not be collected.

Green Container

Your GREEN CONTAINER can be used to recycle all types of food waste including spoiled packaged food. Food waste containers are uplifted every week on your regular collection day.

Black Bin

Your BLACK bin should be used for all the residual household waste which is not suitable for recycling.

Note: Do not pack bins too tightly - material can become stuck and your bin may not be emptied.