Trial Kerbside Recycling Service - Purple General Waste Bin
From mid-September Angus Council began a trial with 5,200 households in Arbroath, Carnoustie and selected rural areas to test a new recycling service that will enable households taking part to recycle more materials, as easily as possible so that we meet our recycling targets, comply with new legislation and save money on disposal costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should go in the new purple general waste bin?
If your household is part of the trial, please use your new purple bin for general waste that you cannot recycle. Your purple bin will be collected fortnightly on the day indicated on the letter we will send you.
Your general waste should all be contained within your purple bin - we will not collect any bags from beside or on top of your bin.
You can use your local Recycling Centre to dispose of larger items and other materials you can't recycle at the kerbside. Visit the Recycling Centres A-Z page for a full list of materials that you can recycle.
Can I put whatever I want into the purple general waste bin?
No. You may put general household waste into your purple bin, but NOT items such as masonry or bricks, car batteries or corrosive chemicals or large items such as ironing boards that will stick out the top of your bin; some of these items can be disposed of at your local recycling centre.
What happens to my general waste?
All the waste from purple bins (as per general waste bins from across Angus) will either be sent to the Restenneth Landfill Site in Forfar or to Dundee's energy from waste plant (DERL - Dundee Energy Recycling Limited).
Why is my new purple general waste bin smaller than the grey bin?
An analysis of waste bins in Angus revealed that up to 65% of waste currently being thrown away could be recycled using the trial kerbside recycling service. We have therefore provided a larger recycling bin and a smaller general waste bin to account for the larger proportion of waste that can now be recycled. Our waste analyses show that around 8% of household general waste currently comprises of cardboard, 14.5% of plastic containers, and almost 28% of food waste.
What happens if my purple general waste bin is full before collection?
Your waste and recyclables should all be contained within your bin - we will not collect any bags from beside or on top of your bin. You should have enough capacity to store everything in your bins until they are collected, however, if your bin becomes full before your collection day you can dispose of excess waste and recyclables at your local recycling centre.
Is there any help for households that struggle with the size of their purple bin?
Where large families struggle with the fortnightly collection of their grey bin or where other criteria are met, an additional bin or larger bin can be provided on a loan basis, reviewable every two years. Please contact us to apply.
I previously received an additional purple-lidded bin for general waste, will I get to keep it?
Yes. You will get to keep and continue to use it for collection of your general waste. This is on the basis you have previously applied to the council and been assessed as having a genuine need for additional bin capacity.
What else can I do to reduce my waste?
A recycling centre exists in each town in Angus where various recyclable materials can be disposed of, along with bulky waste and general waste.
In addition, you can donate serviceable items to charity. Contact details for local charities which can make use of a wide range of items, from crockery to furniture, are outlined on the Furniture Reuse and Charity Shops A-Z entries.
What do I do with bulky items that won't fit in my purple bin?
Special uplifts of bulky household items such as beds, mattresses, chairs, sofas, cookers etc. are carried out on request, after payment has been received. There are some items that we cannot take, and some items that we will need to assess to see if we can take them. See the Bulky Household Waste Disposal A-Z page for more information or contact the ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.
Alternatively, you can take these items to your local recycling centre.
Need more information about the trial recycling service?
Service Page: recyclingtrialpurple.htm
Service Details Last Reviewed : 20 August 2012