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:

  • polythene bags or cellophane wrappers
  • glass bottles and jars
  • food waste

Brown Bin

The following materials can be recycled in your brown bin:

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

Seasonal brown bin collections take place between March and November.

The brown bin collection service is scheduled to recommence in March 2020.

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

Garden waste permits can only be purchased online. To register and pay for your permit please follow link.

You can still recycle your garden waste at Pottery Street Recycling Centre and Kirn Drive Recycling Centre.



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 either of 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). Rubble can also be disposed of at the Criagmuschat Recycling Point.  

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.

Page last updated: 20 January 2020