Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Waste and recycling

Updated 12 January 2022

Burgundy bin collections

Please note that collections of food and garden waste (burgundy) bins are suspended for two weeks starting from Monday 10 January. We apologise for this temporary change, which is so that other bins can be prioritised while the service is affected by a rise in Covid-related absences.

Unfortunately, we are unable to collect any burgundy bins before 24 January at the earliest. Please take any missed burgundy bins back in and present them at the next scheduled collection after that date.

All other bin collections

Our kerbside bin collection services are being affected by the same high levels of Covid-related absence that are affecting all parts of the public, private and third sectors across Scotland.

Please leave out any uncollected green/black bins (Cambuslang, Rutherglen, and East Kilbride areas) and light grey bins (Hamilton and Clydesdale areas) that were due to be collected week beginning Monday 3 January 2022 and we will collect them over the course of the week beginning Monday 10 January 2022.  We are doing our best to catch up on affected routes. 

Bins due for collection week beginning Monday 10 January will be collected as normal, however, collection may be delayed. If your whole street has not been emptied, please leave your bin out and we’ll collect it as soon as we can.  Please do not report it as a missed bin unless the rest of the street has been emptied and yours has not.  More information on our missed bin page.

Christmas trees

Residents can arrange for a free uplift of real Christmas trees until Friday 21 January 2022. Bookings can be made online by requesting a special (bulk) uplift or by phoning 0303 123 1020 until Friday 14 January 2022. This seasonal service is specifically and only for real Christmas trees and does not include any other items of garden waste. Please do not present additional items as they will not be uplifted.

Bin and food waste liner deliveries

New recycling bins, including kitchen caddies, can be ordered from our Order a new recycling bin page.

You can request a supply of food waste and kitchen caddy liners online from the Food waste and kitchen caddy liners page.

Please note that bin and food waste liner deliveries are taking longer than usual at the moment. We are experiencing some delays from manufacturers and staff are still deployed in other areas to assist in our front line bin collection services. If you have ordered bins or food waste liners, please do not order again as we will get to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Bulk waste and bagged garden waste uplift service

You can request an uplift online from our Special bulk uplift page.

Our garden waste uplift service is currently suspended. Our kerbside bin collections remain the priority and staff from the suspended garden waste uplift service and other areas of Waste Services have been required to support the daily service.

We are therefore unable to restart the green waste service at this time but aim to do this as soon as we are able to do so without disrupting other key services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask residents for patience and understanding. We will update residents when the situation changes.

Household waste and recycling centres (civic amenity sites)

Our Household waste and recycling centres remain open at this time. Please comply with the physical distancing measures in place and do not visit if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are self-isolating. These sites are for the use of South Lanarkshire residents only.

Our household waste and recycling centres now accept all types of waste previously accepted.

Our sites will now accept household waste in cars and vans up to 3.5t in weight and vehicles with trailers less than 1.8m long x 1.2m wide. No tipper vehicles are allowed.

Waste produced by traders or other businesses is commercial waste and cannot be deposited at household waste recycling centres free of charge. Staff may inspect waste coming in to the sites to ensure that it is not from a commercial source. Commercial waste can be disposed of at East Kilbride, Rutherglen and Blantyre sites 7 days a week, and from 8am to 2pm Monday to Friday at our Carluke site. Disposal of commercial waste is subject to a charge

Charities remain able to dispose of recyclable waste including metal, wood, cardboard and textiles (in the textile banks provided). Domestic waste and bulky items from charities is not currently accepted at these sites.

To keep site users and staff safe, there will be a number of temporary changes to the arrangements that were in place before the sites were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are:

  • only visit the site if you have no COVID-19 symptoms
  • access is for South Lanarkshire residents only - please bring proof of address
  • there will be a queuing system and a limited number of vehicles will be allowed inside at a time
  • once parked, only two people from the same household can exit each car
  • maintain physical distancing and take instruction from site staff re correct disposal.
  • staff will not be able to help you unload
  • last entry 15 minutes before closing

Site opening hours available here:

We are all in this together – so please don’t make your rubbish your neighbours’ problem. Remember that fly-tipping is a criminal offence that carries substantial fines.

Dealing with household waste if you are self-isolating

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste.

  • All personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be placed securely in a plastic bag or bin liner
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.

After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and cleaning cloths, need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.