Paper, card and cardboard, and plastics, metals and glass

How do I recycle paper, card and cardboard, and plastics metals and glass?

  1. collect all your paper, card, cardboard, glass, cans and plastic containers
  2. flatten your cardboard, rinse your food and drinks containers, squash your plastic containers; remove and recycle lids, caps, tops and straws
  3. place your paper and card in your blue box and your plastics, metals and glass in your green box
  4. flatten large cardboard boxes, tie in a bundle, or place inside another cardboard box
  5. take your boxes with covers tied on and present them at the kerbside before 07:00am on your day of collection

What can I recycle in my blue box?

         Yes please 

         No thank you


  • brochures and leaflets
  • catalogues and books
  • envelopes (including window envelopes)
  • newspapers and magazines
  • unwanted mail
  • all types of colours of paper


  • ready meal sleeves
  • toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • cereal boxes
  • egg cartons


  • brown corrugated boxes and packaging
  • plastic bags or wrappers
  • padded envelopes
  • polystyrene
  • food and drinks cartons
  • tissues and napkins
  • kitchen towels
  • coffee cups
  • paper plates
  • plastic coated sandwich boxes
  • wallpaper
  • cardboard contaminated with food or grease

 What can I recycle in my green box?

         Yes please

         No thank you


  • food and drinks bottles
  • toiletry bottles
  • tablet and medicine bottles
  • food pots, tubs and trays
  • detergent bottles and tubs
  • lids and tops


  • tins and drinks cans
  • empty aerosols
  • clean foil trays
  • clean aluminium
  • chocolate and biscuit tins
  • lids and tops


  • all colours of glass bottles and jars
  • plastic bags, liners or film
  • plastic pouches, wrappers or packets
  • plant pots
  • plastic or coffee cups
  • polystyrene packaging or containers
  • bubble wrap
  • compostable packaging
  • engine oil and paint cans
  • cutlery and baking trays
  • crockery, ceramics and pyrex
  • windows and mirrors
  • drinking glasses
  • light bulbs
  • broken glass
  • food and drinks cartons
Check your collection day

You can check your collection dates online and download your waste and recycling calendar by typing your postcode and selecting your address.

Get more boxes or covers

Order recycling boxes and covers online through myeastlothian

Find out more about myeastlothian and register online

Email to order new, additional or replacement boxes and covers or call us on 01875 824305.

My boxes haven't been emptied

If you put the wrong items in your recycling box then the collection crew will leave them in your box after they have emptied it. If they are not able to separate the wrong items from the correct ones then they may leave the entire box unemptied.

If you presented your boxes at the kerbside by 07:00am on the correct collection day and they have not been emptied, call FCC Environment on 01620 678 825. FCC Environment carry out the collection on our behalf.

What happens to the material you collect?

At present the paper, card and cardboard that we collect at the kerbside are sent to Hamilton Waste and Recycling in Carberry to be sorted and graded before going to paper mills to be reprocessed and the glass, metals and plastics are sent to Levenseat in Lanark, where the glass is removed for recycling, then the plastics and metals go to a specialist polymer processor GreenCircle in Grangemouth to be separated and prepared for manufacturing.