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SLC New Recycling Bins
New recycling bins and food waste caddies are to be delivered to more than 130,000 households across South Lanarkshire.
South Lanarkshire Council have a statutory obligation to provide a separate food waste collection service.
Residents in Hamilton, Quarter, Bothwell, Uddingston and Blantyre will be the first to receive the new bins – with 30,000 being sent out between May 18 and June 26.
Householders will receive a burgundy food waste caddy, for use in the kitchen, together with a supply of 150 bio-degradable lining bags which, when finished, will be replaced free on request.
When the caddy is full the contents should be placed in the outdoor burgundy wheeled bin which, until now, has been used for glass recycling. This bin will now be exclusively for food waste and compostable garden waste. These should be placed straight into the bin with no bag.
People who stay in a house will also receive a new grey wheeled bin. This will now become your recycling bin for glass and cans, plastic bottles, milk cartons, butter containers, aerosols, etc.
Your blue bin will now be exclusively for paper and cardboard, ensuring that this remains clean and uncontaminated.
Any residual, non-recyclable, waste will continue to be placed in the black/green wheeled bin as it is now. These bins will be emptied on a two-week cycle as before, alternating with the recycling bins.
A booklet explaining the new service, and including a bin collection calendar, will be delivered with your kitchen caddy. Look out too for a postcard coming through your letterbox explaining the new service.
Anyone who lives in a house and doesn’t have a burgundy wheeled bin, or the existing bin is damaged and requires repair or replacement, should report this online at:
Or by calling 0303 123 1020.
The residual waste bin uplift will be a bit different to begin with but will then settle into regular dates alternating with the recycling bins. Information on the uplift dates can be found in the booklet supplied with the food waste caddy and at
Beginning in September 2015, the new waste and recycling service will be rolled out to residents in flatted properties in the Hamilton area when residents in each flat will receive their burgundy food waste kitchen caddies, liners and information packs. Communal, outdoor food waste bins will also be delivered to each block.
Ferniegair, Larkhall, Ashgill and Stonehouse, together with the towns and villages in the Clydesdale area, will be sorted by the end of 2016.
The domestic waste recycling rate for South Lanarkshire in 2014 was 45.6 per cent and the council hope to be well on the way to reaching the Scottish Government’s target set.
Councillor Hamish Stewart, chair of the Community Services Committee, said: “We know this new service will take a bit of getting used to, and we’re asking for everyone’s co-operation and patience as we introduce the changes.
“Not only are we obliged by law to do so, but the move is good for the environment, helping us to meet Scottish Government recycling targets of 60 per cent by 2020.”