Household recycling in Wigtownshire

Residents in the Wigtownshire area can recycle glass, metals, plastic, paper and cardboard every two weeks by using their recycling boxes.

Residents in Annandale, Eskdale, Nithsdale and the Stewartry still have household waste collected every week   by using their wheeled bins or an allowance of council refuse sacks.

Collection days

We're in the process of updating our online calendars to reflect the new collection services. In the meantime, call 030 33 33 3000 to find out which day your waste is collected.

The boxes should be put out on the kerbside by 7:30am on your collection day. We can provide an assisted collection service if you have problems putting waste out for collection:

Roadworks, breakdowns or unexpected events can often delay waste collections. You can consider your bin to have been 'missed' if we've not collected it by 4pm on your normal collection day. Let us know if our crew missed your waste:

What you can recycle

You can use your boxes to recycle all types of waste:

  • Glass (lids removed) - box with the red sticker
    • Wine bottles
    • Beer bottles
    • Juice bottles
    • Cooking sauce jars
    • Jam jars
    • Baby food jars
    • Sauce bottles
    • Perfume bottles
    • Spirit bottles
  • Metals - box with the red sticker
    • Food and drinks cans
    • Clean aluminium foil
    • Metal lids (loose)
    • Sweet and biscuit tins
    • Pet food cans
  • Plastic bottles (with lids) - box with the red sticker
    • Plastic drinks bottles
    • Cleaning product bottles
    • Shampoo bottles
    • Plastic milk bottles
    • Handwash bottles
    • Sauce bottles

What you can't recycle

There are some things you can't put in your boxes:

  • Broken glass
  • Pyrex
  • Window or sheet glass
  • Crockery
  • Drinking glasses
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrappers
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Liquids
  • Oils
  • Aerosols
  • Inhalers
  • Farm waste

How to recycle glass, metals and plastic

Use your box with the red sticker:

  1. Remove any lids from glass bottles and jars.
  2. Rinse your bottles, jars and cans.
  3. Squash your plastic bottles so they take up less space and put the lids on.
  4. Place the items into your box with the red sticker.
  5. Tie the net through a hole in the handle and cover the box.
  6. Place your box at the kerbside by 7.30am every fortnight on your collection day.

How to recycle paper and cardboard

Use your box with the blue sticker:

  1. Collect your paper and card items.
  2. Put newspapers and magazines together.
  3. Flatten your cardboard.
  4. Place newspapers and magazines one side of your box with the blue sticker and everything else on the other side.
  5. Clip the lid on to the box.
  6. Place your box at the kerbside by 7.30am every fortnight on your collection day.

How to recycle additional items

The box with the blue and red sticker and a lid is an overflow box.

Use the overflow box for glass, metals and plastic bottles or paper and cardboard. Do not mix the different types of items that normally go in different boxes.

New and replacement boxes

Let us know if you need new or replacement boxes. This could include moving to a new property, a larger household or your boxes being lost, stolen or damaged:

  • Call 030 33 33 3000
Page last updated: 07/05/2019
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