Four bin service

We operate a 4 bin waste collection and recycling service for the majority of residents in Fife.  Below is a brief outline of the services we provide.

You can check your bin calendar online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/bincalendar

Bin changes

West Fife residents have been given a tag on their bin to advise of changes to their bin collection days from 17 September. Residents in Central and East Fife will receive tag in early 2019. We have taken the opportunity to inform residents in West Fife of upcoming changes to materials in their green and grey bins on their tag. Residents can follow the new advice now or wait until a large communications campaign is delivered, including a leaflet to all households, advising about changes to your bins and what goes into each bin later this year. 

Your questions are answered in our Bin Collection Changes West Fife FAQs at the foot of this page.

The changes to your bins are:

Green bin changes

The following items are no longer recycled in the green and should go into the landfill (blue) bin.

  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic bags and films
  • Plastic wrappers (e.g. biscuit/crisp bags)

Drinks and food cartons - these can be recycled in your green bin

Grey bin changes

Drinks and food cartons are now recycled in the green bin

 

Paper & Cardboard

You can recycle most paper and cardboard items in the grey bin including:

Newspapers, greeting cards, catalogues and envelopes
Cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes and other cardboard containers.

No thanks:
Any bags not made from paper or cardboard Plastic bags can go into your blue bin
General waste Put in your blue bin
Cartons (food and drinks) Please recycle in your green bin
Food  Please remove food from packaging and put food in your brown bin
Nappies  Nappies cannot be recycled, please put in your blue bin
Padded envelopes Put in your blue bin
Polystyrene  Put in your blue bin
Tissues / paper towels Put in your blue bin
 

Plastic and cans

You can recycle plastic and cans in the green bin including:

Plastics - bottles, food and drinks pots, tubs and trays of all colours
Metals – Food cans, drink cans, foil trays and metal lids

Cartons - food cartons and drinks cartons


No thanks:

General waste Put in your blue bin
Plastic bags and film Put in your blue bin
Polystyrene Put in your blue bin
Hard plastics (e.g. CD boxes, coat hangers and plant pots) Put in your blue bin
Full carrier bags Please put carrier bags in your blue bin
Electrical items These can be recycled at a Recycling Centre
Food  Please remove food from packaging and put food in your brown bin
Nappies  Nappies cannot be recycled, please put in your blue bin
Non-packaging plastics (e.g. pipework, chairs etc) Put in your blue bin
Paint/varnish tins and pots Put in your blue bin
Cling film Put in your blue bin
Foil lined sweet or crisp wrappers Put in your blue bin
Glass  Glass can be recycled at a Recycling Point
Textiles, clothing, shoes and bags If in good condition please donate to charity shops. Otherwise put in your blue bin
Toys  If in good condition please donate to charity shops. Otherwise put in your blue bin
Tools (e.g. saws) Please recycle metal tools in the scrap metal skip at a Recycling Centre

 

Food and garden waste

You can recycle food and garden waste in the brown bin including:

Garden waste – grass cuttings, flowers and plants, twigs and small branches
Food waste – fruit and vegetables, poultry, meat, fish, plate scraping and tea bags and coffee grounds

No thanks:
General waste Put in your blue bin
Plastic bags or liners Put in your blue bin
Animal waste Animal waste cannot be recycled, please put in your blue bin
Pet bedding/sawdust Pet bedding/sawdust cannot be recycled, please put in your blue bin
Liquids  Too much liquid can cause harm to our composting process. Please put in your blue bin
Invasive plants (i.e. Japanese Knotweed)  Invasive plants can cause harm to the compost we produce. Please put in your blue bin
Soil turf or compost These cannot be recycled in your brown bin. Please take to a Recycling Centre
Rubble or stones Take to a Recycling Centre
Nappies  Nappies cannot be recycled, please put in your blue bin
Timber  Take to a Recycling Centre
Packaged food (food still in jars or packets) Please remove food from packaging before putting in the brown bin
 

Landfill waste

Your blue bin is for landfill (household waste)

All of the waste in the blue landfill bin will be sent to local landfill sites where it is buried under the ground. As a result, and if possible, only waste that cannot be recycled should be put in your blue landfill bin


Other information to note:

  • Bins should be out by 6am on collection day and left out until 9pm or when emptied.
  • bin lids should be closed, or we may not empty the bin.
  • We will not collect any extra bags, boxes  or other waste placed at the side of the bin.



If you have extra waste:

 


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