Kerbside Recycling Service
The Kerbside Recycling Service is available to 85% of Angus residents (covering all towns and some villages), and helps Angus work towards reaching our next target of 60% recycling and composting by 2020. Our current household recycling rate is 40.1%.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Kerbside Recycling Service work?
Green bin and box
Kerbside collection vehicle
A 55 litre green recycling box is collected weekly from the kerbside where it is sorted by the collection crew, who clip the box to the side of the open-topped collection vehicle and drop the items into the appropriate compartment.
A 240 litre green bin for garden waste is collected every two weeks throughout the year, and the grey general waste bin is collected each alternate fortnight.
What are my kerbside recycling bins and box collection dates?
Enter your postcode or part of your address below to see a map and your collection details.
What should go in the green box?
- Cans: food and drinks cans, aerosol cans and biscuit tins
- Glass: bottles and jars
- Paper: newspapers, magazines & brochures, office grade paper, junk mail, telephone directories, catalogues and white envelopes (with or without windows)
- Plastic bottles: any kind of household plastic bottle
Ideally newspapers and magazines should go in a carrier bag placed on top of or beside the green box for ease of collection. Cans and jars etc. containing foodstuffs should be rinsed, and lids removed from bottles and jars.
Please put no more than two directories or catalogues in the green box per week as these materials can overwhelm the vehicles and make the box heavy to lift.
If you have more recyclable items than will fit in your green box, please put them beside your box in a carrier bag. Squashing plastic bottles should create more room, but if you would like additional help please contact ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.
What should not go in the green box?
- Brown envelopes
- Broken glass, pyrex, drinking glasses, mirrors etc.
- Lids (metal or plastic)
- Yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic food trays or any plastics other than plastic bottles
Where we cannot accept an item the collection operative will leave it in the box to show that we cannot take it.
Why are some items not accepted in the green box?
The vehicle that collects the contents of the green box is split into compartments. There are separate compartments for plastic bottles, cans, newspapers and magazines, as well as different colours of glass. These recyclates use all the available space in the collection vehicle and therefore additional materials cannot be collected.
While the materials listed below are not accepted in your recycling box, they can all be recycled at your local recycling centre. Please place as follows:
- Books: please remove hard-back covers and recycle via the cardboard container
- Cardboard: cardboard container
- Food & drinks cartons: cartons bin
- Greetings cards: cardboard container
- Plastic and metal lids: buckets hanging from plastic bottle recycling bins
- Plastic food containers: look out for trials happening at your local centre.
I don't have a box cover - can I have another?
A replacement box cover can be picked up from your local ACCESS office. We no longer provide box lids (as these did not always clip on easily), and now use box hats which should be tied to the box, and fitted round the top of the box like a shower cap.
What becomes of the items collected in the green box?
All the cans collected across Angus are taken to our sorting depot where an electromagnetic extraction system is used to sort the steel cans from the aluminium cans. After sorting the cans are baled.
Steel cans are collected by the buyer, and reprocessed at various locations into items such as steel piping or steel cans.
Aluminium cans are smelted at the Novelis smelting plant in Cheshire. Re-processed aluminium is generally used to make more aluminum cans.
Glass bottles and jars
The glass collected in Angus is transported to the O.I. (Ohio Illinois) re-processing plant in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, where it is crushed into "cullet" which is used to make new glass bottles and jars. Recycling glass saves between 24-30% of the energy required to make a new bottle from raw materials, which cuts down on the use of coal or oil and thus also reduces the amount of pollution released into our atmosphere.
Newspapers & magazines
Newspapers and magazines collected in Angus are transported to Shotton Mill, a huge paper processing plant in Deeside, North Wales, where they are pulped and recycled back into paper for the newspaper industry.
The household plastic bottles that are collected fall into various categories, but the most common ones are "P.E.T." which includes clear and coloured fizzy drinks bottles, and "H.D.P.E." including milk containers and fabric softener bottles.
Plastic bottles are taken to our sorting depot where they are baled, and then collected by our buyers. Some plastic bottles are shipped abroad for re-processing and some are sorted and re-processed in the UK.
P.E.T. bottles are turned into polyester fibre, which can be spun to make filling for anoraks, sleeping bags, mattresses and clothing. It takes only 25 bottles to make one fleecy jacket. H.D.P.E. bottles can be recycled into hard plastics such as guttering, wheelie bins and water butts etc. The green recycling boxes that we use in Angus contain a high proportion of recycled H.D.P.E.
What should go in the green bin?
- Lawn mowings & weeds
- Small branches & bark
- Sawdust & wood shavings
- Hedge clippings
- Flowers & plants
- Small quantities of shredded paper (no more than the volume of one carrier bag per green bin collection).
What should not go in the green bin?
- Fruit and vegetable peelings
- Coffee grounds & tea bags
- Soil or turf
- Cooked food
- Meat or dairy products
- Plastic bags or liners
- Animal faeces
- Thick branches (greater than 4 inches diameter).
If the collection crew discover a green bin contaminated with any of the above items they will leave a flyer explaining that the bin could not be emptied; any contamination should be removed before the next collection day.
Why can't I put food waste in my green bin?
To comply with the British Standards Institution's PAS100 quality standard, which ensures that a consistent, high quality compost is achieved, the council cannot accept kitchen waste in the garden waste bin.
What can I do with my food waste?
Home composting is the ideal solution for disposing of kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds and tea bags and makes a useful product for your garden. If you have a lot of food waste such as cooked food, bread and dairy products, which cannot be composted in a standard home compost bin, then you could consider using a food waste digester.
For more information visit the Zero Waste Scotland website.
Love Food Hate Waste
The average householder throws away £430 of food waste every year. If we stopped wasting all this food, we could prevent the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year in Scotland. This is the same as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.
If you would like to find out how to reduce your food waste and save money and the environment, then visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.
What becomes of the green waste collected in the green bin?
The contents of the green bin are taken to our composting facility beside Restenneth Landfill site, near Forfar, where the green waste is shredded into small pieces and formed into "windrows". The windrows are long rows of compostable waste, up to three metres high and sixty metres long, which are turned at regular intervals to encourage the breakdown of the waste. When the waste has broken down sufficiently it is used for land restoration.
Is help available for households that need it?
The Kerbside Recycling Service requires householders to manage their waste. However, where large families struggle with the fortnightly collection of their grey bin or where other criteria are met, an additional bin can be provided on a loan basis, reviewable every two years.
Where a householder cannot manage to lift their green box to the kerbside a recycling bag can be provided instead (other alternatives may also be available). If a householder has difficulty wheeling their bin to the kerbside due to age or a medical condition a "wheel-out" can be arranged.
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 who 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.
Who do I contact for further information?
View our international leaflet (775 KB PDF) in Czech, Polish, Russian and English.
Service Page: kerbsiderecyclingscheme.htm
Service Details Last Reviewed : 2 September 2013