East Lothian Council

Recycling boxes

Recycling box collection

Every household in East Lothian is provided with a fortnightly recycling box collection. We collect paper and cardboard together in a blue box and glass, cans and plastics together in a green box.

Green box Blue box
 glass bottles and jars  paper (unwanted mail)
 food and drink cans  cardboard

 plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, tops & straws

 envelopes (including windowed envelopes)
 empty aerosol cans & clean aluminium foil

 telephone directories and Yellow Pages

 magazines, brochures and leaflets

 wrapping paper

Recycling box covers are also provided and these should be secured to the boxes by feeding the ties through the holes in the handle of box. All boxes should be presented with a cover.

Recycling placed out in plastic bags will not be collected.

Extra or Replacement Recycling Boxes and Bins 

Extra boxes and replacement covers are available free of charge, please contact us with your request, call 01875 824305 or email wasteservices@eastlothian.gov.uk

Collection day

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

Please present your boxes, with covers, on the kerbside by 07:00 on the day of collection:

  • use the covers to make sure the contents are secure
  • stack the blue box on top of the green box

Missed collections

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 will leave the entire box unemptied. They should also leave you a yellow note to explain what they have left and why.

If you have presented your recycling boxes at the kerbside by 07:00 on the correct collection day and they have not been emptied, please contact Biffa, who carry out the collection on East Lothian's behalf, on 0131 665 3874.

Assisted collections

If you would like to request an assisted collection, please contact Biffa, who carry out the collection on East Lothian's behalf, on 0131 665 3874.

Collections on public holidays

Recycling collections are carried out as normal on most public holidays, with the exception of Christmas day, Boxing day, 1st and 2nd January.  Please make every effort to present your boxes at your usual collection point by 07:00 on public holidays, as collections may take place earlier than normal.  Collection arrangements for over the festive period will be advertised on this web site and in the local press during December.

John Muir House, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824305

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.