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Think Green

Waste and recycling

What can be done to improve recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

The recycling Mobius strip logo on a green background

A significant part of the Think Green campaign and Strategy and Action Plan is aimed towards encouraging resource efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling.

East Renfrewshire council offers a range of waste and recycling services, and take this seriously by supporting the implementation of the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan.  This will achieved by continuing to undertake a range of work supporting resource efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling measures.

In support of our invitation for residents and council staff to follow our 10 simple steps, use this page to find out information on how to improve waste and recycling at home. Remember to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

For information on the services we offer and our online service requests (reporting a missed bin, ordering new waste receptacles), please go to the Bins, recycling and rubbish page.


Recycling in East Renfrewshire

If you have an idea for improving the waste and recycling within East Renfrewshire to be even greener, we'd like to hear about it: The big GREEN idea.

Our waste and recycling team provides useful advice on sorting different material waste into the correct bin:

You can also find out where your nearest recycle centre and point here:

They also provide a whole range of recycling advice here:

We also produced this press release in 2015 that answers questions on the challenges our service faces:


Recycling tips

  1. Find out what you can and can't recycle - go to Bins, recycling and rubbish to find out the rules of waste and recycling in East Renfrewshire. 
  2. Buy recycled or recyclable products - eliminates waste and the need to extract more virgin materials from our planet. Most products (including electronic devices) have recycle symbols on their packaging, or are made of materials that can be recycled.  Find out what they mean here: Packaging symbols explained
  3. Make recycling easier - wash things before you put them out for recycling, such as glass jars. Use your old washing up water to give them a quick rinse.  Keep your recycling bin next to the main bin so you can take out the rubbish and recycling at the same time. You could also make recycling part of your weekly supermarket trip and "drop when you shop" at supermarket recycling points.
  4. Waste less water and recycle it where necessary - waiting for the tap to run cold when filling a glass with water can waste more than 10 litres of water a day.  Recycle water by rearranging your plumbing so that rainwater or wastewater from your shower and tub is used to flush your toilet (if you are a homeowner). If you have a garden, water it with rainwater collected from a water butt.
  5. Increase an items life-cycle by passing it on - finished reading your latest crime novel? Don't chuck it out, give it to a friend or a charity shop.  Make some cash by selling it on eBay, Gumtree or Music Magpie!  Other items are welcomed by lots of charities, and groups like Freecycle exist to help you get rid of useful objects that you no longer need

Relevant documents

Kerbside Recycling Service Improvement Options Document

Communal Recycling & Refuse Services Leaflet:


Additional advice and support

Resource efficiency

  • Resource Efficient Scotland - is an advice and support programme designed to help businesses, the public and third sectors save money and reduce energy, water and waste.

  • Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) - is a non-profit organisation/charity helping businesses and individuals reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.

Waste and recycling

  • Zero Waste Scotland - is funded by the Scottish Government to provide information on waste management; includes advice on recycling, reusing, reducing rubbish, with news and links to public awareness sites.
  • Recycle for Scotland - part of Zero Waste Scotland, Recycle for Scotland provides advice and information on how to recycle, helping to protect Scotland's natural environment and make our communities nicer places to live in.
  • Recycle Now -  is a national recycling campaign supported and funded by Government, and managed by WRAP.  They help people to recycle more things, more often.
  • Love Food Hate Waste (Scotland) - part of Zero Waste Scotland, Love Food Hate Waste Scotland
  • Recycling Guide - is a network aimed at providing free, unbiased information on waste and recycling, in a simple user friendly format.

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