Blue bin

What doesn't go in your blue bin

We could spend another £90k on services if everyone recycled properly. Find out more.

Recycle it right

Recycling it right is just as important as recycling at all.

Do not use your blue bin for:

  • Plastic bags - try to reuse these when doing your shopping
  • Clothes and shoes - use your local textile recycling bank
  • Glass - bottles and jars go in your glass recycling box
  • Batteries - you can recycle these at many shops or at your local Recycling Centre
  • Hard plastic items such as coat-hangers, toys, plant pots, CD/DVD/video cases. These cannot be recycled. 
  • Food waste - this can be recycled in your food waste caddy
  • Garden waste - use your brown bin to dispose of garden waste
  • Electrical items - take these to your local Recycling Centre
  • Shredded paper

And put all these in your grey bin:

  • Polystyrene *
  • Sweet wrappers / crisp packets *
  • Food contaminated packaging such as pizza boxes
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • General household rubbish
  • Nappies

For a more comprehensive list, look at the A-Z of recycling in Midlothian.

*Some supermarkets now accept in-store collections of soft plastics for recycling:

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