Paper and card

Paper and card - in your blue box

How do I recycle my paper and card?

  1. collect all your paper and card for recycling
  2. flatten boxes, remove inserts and discard any bags
  3. place your paper and card in your blue box
  4. make sure that your box has a cover tied on and place it at the kerbside for 7:00am on your collection day

What can I recycle?

         Yes please

         No thank you


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


  • ready meal sleeves
  • toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • cereal boxes
  • egg cartons
  • toothpaste and toiletries boxes
  • plastic bags or wrappers
  • padded envelopes
  • food and drinks cartons
  • tissues and napkins
  • kitchen towels
  • coffee cups
  • paper plates
  • plastic coated sandwich boxes 
  • wallpaper
  • foil lined card tubes
  • foil or glittered wrapping paper

Check your collection day

You can check your collection dates online by typing your postcode with the space and selecting your address.

My containers haven't been emptied

If you put the wrong items in your recycling containers then the collection crew will sticker your container to let you know. You should remove these items and present your containers on your next collection day.

If you presented your containers at the kerbside by 7:00am on the correct collection day, with the right materials 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 my recycling?

The material from the recycling collections is taken to East Lothian Council's Waste Transfer Station, at Kinwegar, near Wallyford where it is bulked up and then sent to be sorted and graded before going to paper mills to be reprocessed.

How are the materials used?

The paper and card are made into new paper products. The newspaper you recycle today could be back on the newsstand in just seven days.