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Recycling info for Glasgow

Posted by hannah c Monday, 12 February 2007- 12:41 pm
Following the successful City Council pilot scheme that put recycling bins into the back courts of tenemental properties in the city’s West End, the scheme is to be extended across Glasgow.

In order to increase the recycling rates in the city, 30,000 new blue 240 litre recycling bins will be placed in back courts serving around 100,000 households. (Around 60% of Glasgow residents stay in flatted property.)

The bins and 11 new vehicles have been funded from the £27 million award for Glasgow from the Scottish Executive’s Strategic Waste Fund. The funds are for recycling projects till 2020.

The new bins can take paper, plastic bottles, food and drink cans. Each household will receive a reusable bag into which they can put their recyclables. Paper can be put loose into the new bin. They will also receive booklets and leaflets and posters will be displayed in back courts.

The first stage in the expansion will be the delivery of 9,000 blue bins in the West End. This capitalises on the resources already in use from the pilot scheme in the North East and West End which involved about 5,000 households from 2004. The scheme will then spread to the south east, south west and east end.

All the items collected from the bins will be taken to Polmadie Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF). There, the recyclable materials are sorted, baled and sent on for reprocessing.

Councillor David Stevenson, Executive Member for Environmental Protection Services said: “Following the award from the Strategic Waste Fund we can now provide a back court recycling service for the huge number of tenemental properties in Glasgow.

“We hope all residents in these properties will now do their bit to improve the environment we live in by using the new bins.”


Glasgow City Council is keen to provide a back court service to tenemental properties in the city, where possible. Where this is not possible due to logistical/access problems, recycling points will be placed in suitable locations nearby for residents to use.

  • 93,000 households already have a four weekly blue bin recycling collection
  • 55,000 households have an organic bin collection
  • 5,000 back courts have had recycling bins as since 2004 part of a pilot scheme
  • The present recycling rate in the city is around 16.5%
  • Easter Queenslie Complex was upgraded to a multi function public recycling centre in 2006. Plans are being put in place for the upgrade of the other three Disposal Complexes at Dawsholm, Polmadie and Shieldhall.
  • There are 320 recycling points across the city
  • Education officers visit schools and community facilities to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and school children visit Polmadie MRF to learn about the sorting process.
All households will receive a booklet, compiled by the Council and Waste Aware Glasgow, with the ‘does and don’ts’ of recycling with a blue bin as any contaminated collections can’t go to be recycled and have to be taken to landfill.

For further information on recycling in Glasgow as well as details of recycling points, go to

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