FAQ - Waste and recycling

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19

Can I leave extra black bags beside my bin for collection?

No. This could create a health and safety issue as side waste may contain glass, needles or sharp materials (metal tins for example). Waste Collection Operatives are supplied with safety gloves but these don't protect staff from all potential injuries.

Can I throw black bags into the back of the bin lorry myself if the crew won't lift them?

No. Only Waste Collection Operatives with the relevant health and safety training can access refuse collection vehicles.

If the bin crews empty my green bin, can I refill it and ask them to empty it again?

No. Repeat emptying of bins takes time meaning routes would not be finished and some residents would not have their bin emptied. The bin lorry would also fill more quickly resulting in extra trips to empty it, so taking further time. We are still providing a full non-recyclable collection service so the advice is to make sure all recyclable materials are separated from general waste to minimise usage in the green bins.

What do I do with the extra waste I have?

We kindly ask that you store any additional waste safely within your property until it can be placed in the bin. The recycling sites are open for excess gadren and household waste (a maximum of 5 bags)

What can I do with my garden waste?

The brown bin/garden waste service will resume across East Lothian from Monday, 29 June on an interim monthly basis. The dates for collections have been revised and are now available to view online.

Won't an accumulation of household waste cause vermin and other health risks?

We are still providing a weekly collection service for food waste. If food waste is not collected regularly it can smell and may attract flies. We would therefore encourage residents to recycle their food waste to reduce this risk. Most waste and recycling, if free of food residues can be stored safely within the boundary of your property until it can be placed in the appropriate containers.

Recycling Centres

All four Recycling Centres in East Lothian  reopened on 1 June for use, read our guidance before making a trip to your local recycling centre.  

An interim garden waste collection from households took place in early May. Normal fortnightly collections are suspended until further notice.