Everyone in Scotland is responsible for dealing with waste. Your local council collects and disposes of household and some commercial waste.
You can help reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill by reusing and recycling as much as you can.
Your council can give information on:
- what rubbish it collects
- what goes in your recycling bin
- how to report a missed bin collection
- how to find your nearest recycling centre
- ordering new recycling bins for your home
You may be able to arrange a special uplift for large or bulky waste items. Most councils will collect things like old sofas, fridges and washing machines. There may be a fee involved.
Councils across Scotland will either collect garden waste from your kerbside, or recommend that you compost it at home or take it to a recycling or civic amenity site.
Where appropriate, you can take certain materials to recycling points and recycling centres. Visit your local council's website to find your nearest recycling centre.
Litter and fly-tipping
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste – like a bag of household rubbish, furniture or construction waste – on public or private land. Visit your local council website to report fly-tipping in your area.
You can also report fly-tipping problems 24-hours a day through the Dumb Dumpers website and helpline: 0845 230 4090.