A to Z of waste and recyclable items

Check our A-Z waste guide to find out how to correctly and safely recycle or dispose of different types of items that we accept

Aerosol tins

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty.


Air freshener (aerosol)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty.


Aluminium trays

Orange bin

Remove food and other dirt from any foil packaging or trays.


Aluminium/Tin foil

Orange bin

Remove food and other dirt from any foil packaging or trays.


Animal waste

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Asbestos

Not accepted

View commercial sites that dispose of asbestos.


Ash

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Baby wipes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Baking tray

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition. You can also put them in a scrap metal container at one of our recycling centres. 


Balloons

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Batteries (household)

Battery recycling bag

Place place your batteries in the battery recycling bag and leave it on top of either your recycling or waste bin for collection.


Bikes

Recycling centres

Bikes are only accepted at Alford recycling centreEllon recycling centreHuntly recycling centre and Peterhead recycling centre.


Biscuit tins

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Black bags

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Black plastic trays

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Blister packs

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Books (hard back)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Books (soft back only)

Blue bin

You can donate books to charity shops if they are in a good condition.


Bottle tops

Orange bin

Wash lid before recycling.


Bricks

Recycling centres

Rubble skip.


Brochures

Blue bin

Remove any plastic wrapping.


Bubble wrap

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Buckets

Recycling centres

Rigid plastic container at Peterhead recycling centre and Ellon recycling centre only.


Bulky items

Recycling centres

Not accepted at Insch and Portsoy recycling centres. Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition, if not place in the relevant skip at one of our recycling centres.


Butter tubs

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Car battery

Recycling centres

There are separate car battery containers at recycling centres.


Cardboard (including cardboard boxes and packaging)

Blue bin

Flatten the cardboard.


Carpets

Recycling centres

Not accepted at Insch and Portsoy recycling centres. Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition, if not place in the waste skip at one of our recycling centres.


Carrier bags

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Cartons (Tetra Pak)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Cartridges

Not accepted

Can be returned to the manufacturer or supplier and some charities will accept them too.


Cat litter

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


CDs

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Cement Board

Not accepted

View commercial sites that dispose of asbestos


Cereal boxes

Blue bin

Flatten the cardboard before putting it in the bin.


Cleaning product bottle (plastic)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Cling film

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Clinical waste

Not accepted

Please contact the NHS for advice on disposal.


Clothes

Recycling centres, Glass and textiles recycling points

Clothes can be disposed of in textile banks at recycling points and centres regardless of condition but they can also be donated to charity if still usable.


Coffee cups (disposable plastic and paper)

Orange bin

Make sure it is empty and dry.


Coffee grounds

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Coffee machine pods

Orange bin

Make sure it is clean and empty of any granules.


Compostable food packaging

Food waste caddy

Compostable containers only such as: food containers, cutlery, coffee and drinks cups. These items must have the leaf compostable symbol on them to be placed in the food waste bin. Items that are classed as “biodegradable” are not the same as compostable and should be placed in the black waste bin (for non-recyclable waste).


Computers

Recycling centres

Computers can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition, if not you can place them in the WEEE container. Please ensure all data is wiped.


Cooked food

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Cooking oil

Recycling centres

Make sure the cooking oil is clean. Use correct oil container at recycling centres.


Cosmetic bottles (glass)

Glass and textiles recycling points

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Cosmetic bottles (plastic)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Crisp bags

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Crisp tubes

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Dead flowers or plants

Recycling centres, Seasonal garden waste collection points

Flowers can be put in a composter. Smaller flowers can be placed in your food waste caddy.


Deodorant can

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty.


Detergent plastic bottles

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Dog waste

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Cannot be recycled.


Drainage pipes

Recycling centres

Rigid plastic container at Peterhead recycling centre and Ellon recycling centre only.


Drink cans

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Drink carton

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Drinking glasses

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Duvets

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Can be donated to a charity if in a suitable condition. Cannot be accepted in textile banks.


DVDS

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Earth and rubble

Recycling centres

Remove wood, metal, wires and glass, place in a rubble or soil skip as appropriate. 


E-Cigarettes

Recycling centres

Can be accepted in the specialised drums at recycling centres, preferably with battery removed. The drums are separate to the WEEE container and will safely store vapes or e-cigarettes by layering them with vermiculite.


Egg boxes

Blue bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Egg shells

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Electricals

Recycling centres

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition, if not place in the WEEE container at a recycling centre.


Energy saving light bulbs

Recycling centres

Put in fluorescent tube container at a recycling centre.


Envelopes (including windows)

Blue bin


Face wipes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Fibreglass

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Fireworks

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Please soak your unwanted fireworks in water before putting into your bin. 


Fish and chip boxes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services (card fish and chips boxes are too contaminated, polystyrene is not recyclable).


Fish bones

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Flares

Not accepted

Please contact your local coastguard for advice on disposal of flares.


Flowers

Recycling centres, Seasonal garden waste collection points, Home Composter

Flowers can be put in a composter. Smaller flowers can be placed in your food waste caddy.


Fluorescent tubes

Recycling centres

Can be put into the lamp recycling container.


Food bags (plastic) for example: bread, frozen foods.

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Food tins

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Food trays (not polystyrene)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Food trays (polystyrene)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Food waste

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Fridges and freezers

Recycling centres

Please ensure all food is removed first, then put into the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) area at a recycling centre or if in a suitable condition give to charity.


Fruit peelings

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items (stickers).


Furniture

Recycling centres

Not accepted at Insch and Portsoy recycling centres. Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition otherwise can be put in a waste skip at one of our recycling centres.


Furniture polish can

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Garden waste

Recycling centres, Seasonal garden waste collection points

Remove contaminants including plastic sacks, stones, plant pots and fencing material.


Gas cylinders

Recycling centres

Gas cylinder cage at recycling centre.


Glass (bottles and jars)

Recycling centres, Glass and textiles recycling points

Separate the glass into colours (purple or pink glass can go in the green glass container). You can also take it to any glass recycling point.


Glass panes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

It can't be recycled. You can put it in a waste skip at a recycling centre or black bin at home.


Greeting cards (containing glitter)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services as glitter causes contamination. You can remove back of the card if it is glitter free.


Greeting cards (without glitter)

Blue bin

Make sure there is no glitter.


Hairspray (aerosol)

Orange bin

Make sure it is empty.


Hand Sanitizer (plastic containers)

Orange bin

Make sure it is empty and clean.


Hand wash bottle

Orange bin

Make sure it is empty and clean.


Hardback books

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Hardcore

Recycling centres

Rubble skip.


Hazardous chemicals

Not accepted

Contact waste management organisations to arrange disposal.


Helium gas bottles and cylinders

Recycling centres

Gas cylinder cage at recycling centre.


Inhalers

Not accepted

Local pharmacies can recycle inhalers.


Ink cartridges

Not accepted

Can be returned to the manufacturer or supplier and some charities will accept these.


Insulation (such as loft, wall, floor)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

It can't be recycled. You can put it in a waste skip at a recycling centre or black bin at home.


Jam jar lids

Glass and textiles recycling points, Orange bin

Lids go into the orange lid bins, or they can stay on the jars and be recycled at glass recycling points.


Japanese knotweed

Not accepted

Contact a specialist waste management contractor for this specific plant disposal.


Jewellery

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Jiffy bags

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, please reuse.


Junk mail

Blue bin

Remove any plastic wrapping.


Kitchen paper towels

Food waste caddy

 Small amounts of paper towels can be taken in the food caddy.


Kitchen roll tubes

Blue bin


Knives

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

Please wrap items thoroughly if disposing of in your black bin or scrap metal skip at recycling centres or reuse.


Laminated paper

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Laundry basket

Recycling centres

Rigid plastic container at Peterhead recycling centre and Ellon recycling centre only, or general waste skip at other sites.


Lead acid batteries

Recycling centres

Local garages can dispose of car parts. Don't mix with household batteries if disposing at a recycling centre.


Leaves

Recycling centres, Seasonal garden waste collection points

Use the green waste skip at the recycling centre or summer garden waste points or compost at home.


Light bulbs (energy saving)

Recycling centres

Can be put into the container for bulbs at recycling centre.


Light bulbs (filament) 

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

Currently can't be recycled through our services. You can put it in a waste skip in a recycling centre.


Magazines

Blue bin

Remove any plastic packaging.


Meat bones

Food waste caddy

Remove packaging.


Meat trays

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Medicines

Not accepted

Return to your local pharmacy.


Metallic wrapping paper

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Metals

Recycling centres

Scrap metal unit.


Milk bottles (plastic)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Mobile phones

Recycling centres

Can be put into the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) container at a recycling centre. Please ensure all data is removed. If in good order, you can take them to a charity shop.


Nappies (disposable)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Needles (hypodermic)

Not accepted

Please don't put into any council bin. NHS accepts needles and your prescribing pharmacist should supply a sharp safe bin or needle exchange.


Newspapers

Blue bin


Oil tins

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

All oil should be removed and tin cleaned.


Out of date food

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items (packaging).


Padded envelopes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, please reuse.


Paint

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Note, all paint should be either removed or dried. If you have tins of water-based paint, leave the lid off so the paint can go hard before putting them in your refuse bin. For oil-based paint, mix the paint with sawdust or cat litter first and then leave to dry before disposal.


Painted paper or card

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Pans

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition or placed in scrap metal container at recycling centre.


Paper

Blue bin

Make sure it is clean and dry.


Paper napkins

Food waste caddy


Paperback books

Blue bin

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Pesticides

Not accepted

Follow manufacturer instruction.


Pet food

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Pet food pouches

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Phone books

Blue bin

Remove plastic packaging.


Photos

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Pillows

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Can be donated to an animal charity if in a suitable condition. Cannot be accepted in textile banks.


Pizza box

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

The top of the box can be put into your blue bin if it is not at all greasy.


Plant pots (ceramic)

Recycling centres

Rubble skip.


Plant pots (flexible plastic)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Flexible plant pots that can be squashed (seedling trays) can’t be recycled so should go in the black household refuse bin.


Plant pots (hard plastic)

Recycling centres, Orange bin

Put softer plastic pots in the orange bin. Harder plastic pots can go to the rigid plastic container at Peterhead recycling centre and Ellon recycling centre only. Make sure they are clean and dry.


Plants

Recycling centres, Seasonal garden waste collection points


Plasterboard

Recycling centres

 Make sure it's clean and free of any tiles or dirt.


Plastic bags

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Plastic bottles

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Plastic cups (disposable)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Plastic lids

Orange bin

Put back on the bottle once air is squashed out.


Plastic netting, for example: fruit and veg nets

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Plastic pots

Recycling centres, Orange bin

Put in the orange bin if the plastic is not rigid. If rigid, these can go in the rigid plastic container at Peterhead recycling centre and Ellon recycling centre only. Make sure they are clean and dry.


Plastic straws

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Plastic trays

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Plastic tubes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Plastic tubs

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Plastic wrapping or film

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Polystyrene

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Polystyrene expanded (EPS)

Recycling centres

Can be recycled at Alford, Banchory, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Peterhead, Portlethen, Stonehaven, and Westhill recycling centres. Please note only shape molded packaging, usually used for electronics, blocks and planks of filled material, clean packaging boxed and packaging balls are accepted.


Pressurised containers

Recycling centres

Includes gas bottles such as LPG and camping gas, fire extinguishers and similar potentially dangerous containers. Make sure they are empty.


Pyrex glass

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Rags

Recycling centres, Glass and textiles recycling points


Ragwort

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Waste skip.


Rechargeable batteries

Battery recycling bag

Please place your batteries in the battery recycling bag and leave it on top of either your recycling or waste bin lid for collection.


Recyclable material contaminated in food

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services. Food contaminated card can be home composted.


Rice, pasta and pizza

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Rotten food

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Rubble

Recycling centres

Rubble skip.


Sandwich packets (plastic and paper)

Orange bin

Made of paper, plastic or both. Put in the orange bin. Clean off food residue.


Sanitary products

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Sauce bottles (glass)

Glass and textiles recycling points

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Sauce bottles (plastic)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Scrap metal

Recycling centres

Scrap metal unit.


Shampoo bottles (plastic)

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Sheet glass

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

It cannot currently be recycled through our services. You can put it in a waste skip at a recycling centre. 


Shoes

Recycling centres, Glass and textiles recycling points

Tie shoes together to keep in pairs. Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Shredded paper

Blue bin

Make sure it is clean, dry and wrapped in either newspaper or cereal boxes to prevent litter.


Small electrical appliances

Recycling centres

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition or placed in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) container at a recycling centre.


Smoke alarms

Recycling centres

You can put them in a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) container.


Soft plastic tubes (such as toothpaste)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Soil

Recycling centres

Soil skip.


Spectacles

Not accepted

Can be donated to charity or prescribing optician.


Stone

Recycling centres

Rubble skip.


Straws (paper)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Sweet packets (plastic)

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Sweet tin

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Syringes

Not accepted

Please don't put syringes into any council bin. NHS accepts them and your prescribing pharmacist should supply a sharp safe bin or needle exchange.


Tablet blister packs

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Tablet bottles

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.


Tablets

Not accepted

Return to your pharmacy.


Tea bags

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items (staples or string).


Textiles

Recycling centres

Can be disposed of at textile banks at recycling points regardless of condition but can also be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Till receipts

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Till receipts are printed on thermal paper which can't be recycled.


Tin foil

Orange bin

Remove food and other dirt from any foil packaging or trays.


Tissues

Food waste caddy

Small amounts of paper tissue can be taken in the food caddy.


Toilet roll tubes

Blue bin

Make sure it is clean and dry.


Toner

Not accepted

Can be returned to the manufacturer or supplier and some charities will accept these.


Toothbrushes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Toothpaste tubes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Toys

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

Can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition. Alternatively can go into Rigid plastic container at Peterhead recycling centre and Ellon recycling centre only.


Turf

Recycling centres

Soil skip.


Tyres

Waste transfer stations (Banchory, Ellon, Macduff)

Find out where and how to dispose of tyres. Wheel rims are not accepted but can be put in scrap metal container at recycling centres. Bicycle tyres can be put into the non-recyclable waste skip at recycling centres.


Uncooked food

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items (packaging).


Underlay

Recycling centres

If cannot be reused put in a waste skip.


Vapes

Recycling centres

Can be accepted in the specialised drums at recycling centres, preferably with battery removed. The drums are separate to the WEEE container and will safely store vapes or e-cigarettes by layering them with vermiculite.


Vegetable oil

Recycling centres

Ensure correct oil container is used at recycling centre.


Vegetable peelings

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items (stickers).


Vegetables

Food waste caddy

Remove any non-food items.


Video cases

Orange bin

Please remove the paper insert, which can also be recycled.


Video tapes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Video cassettes cannot be recycled.


Vinyl flooring

Recycling centres

If cannot be reused put in a waste skip.


Wallpaper

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


Water filters

Not accepted

Can be returned to manufacturer to be recycled.


Weeds

Black bin (non-recyclable waste), Recycling centres

You can put it in a waste skip at a recycling centre.


Wet wipes

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services.


White bin bags

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled through our services, but can be recycled with soft plastics at some local supermarkets. Please check your local supermarket for information on what they can accept.


Window panes

Recycling centres

Put it in a waste skip at a recycling centre.


Wood

Recycling centres

Remove any nails and screws.


Wooden flooring

Recycling centres

If cannot be reused put in a wood skip.


Wool

Black bin (non-recyclable waste)

Currently can't be recycled  through our services but can be donated to charity if in a suitable condition.


Wrapping paper

Blue bin

Can be recycled if it scrunches and stays compressed, springy wrapping paper with plastic content cannot be recycled.


Yellow Pages

Blue bin

 Remove any plastic packaging.


Yogurt pots

Orange bin

Make sure they are empty and clean.