Guide to recycling at home

The information below can help you to recycle more at home, more often, giving the products you buy another life. With kerbside recycling collections and local recycling centres on the doorstep, recycling is convenient and easy. And you might be surprised by just how much you can recycle these days.


Benefits of recycling

  • Give the products you buy a second (or even third or fourth!) life by recycling
  • Ease and convenience – recycling points are all over Scotland, find your local recycling services here
  • Divert waste from landfill – and lessen pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to help create a cleaner, greener Scotland
  • Put valuable materials back into the manufacturing cycle
  • Energy savings can be made during the manufacturing process
  • Recycling supports jobs in collection, processing and future manufacturing


Why recycle?

The more waste that can be diverted from landfill, the better. Decaying, biodegradable landfill waste releases greenhouse gas emissions and can cause pollution to leach into the ground. Greenhouse gases contribute to climate change, by trapping more heat in our atmosphere. If we recycle as much as possible, however, less goes to landfill and precious materials can be used again to create new things instead of being used only once.

Making products from recycled materials uses less energy than if raw materials are used. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle alone could run a washing machine for 10 minutes (and recycling glass saves on the other things you need to make new glass like oil, ash, sand and limestone too).

It’s easy to recycle – you'll find more than 3,000 recycling points across Scotland. We’re better at recycling than ever before – with more than 40% of Scotland’s household waste now being recycled – but we all have the opportunity to recycle more, more often.


Recycling can turn:

  • Aerosol cans into watches
  • Steel food tins into cars and bridges
  • Old trainers into running tracks
  • Cardboard boxes into stationery
  • Your Yellow Pages into loft insulation
  • Carpet into washing up bowls
  • Juice cartons into plasterboard

Did You Know?

  • All newsprint (the paper used for newspapers) manufactured in the UK is now made from 100% recycled paper
  • Recycle your newspaper and it could hit the news-stand again in just one week
  • Batteries contain valuable materials that can be used again if you recycle them
  • You can sign up for text and email reminders of collection days for your recycling stash and other household waste.

Which materials can you recycle?

Take a look at our materials pages to find out more about the different things you can recycle.

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Recycle your food waste

Find your nearest food waste collection service.

Where can I recycle?

Use our postcode search.

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