Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 18:30, 27 May 2020

Bins, waste and recycling

On this page, you will find changes to waste services as we follow national guidance to manage the impact of Coronavirus. It will be updated regularly with the latest information so please check back here for guidance. All of these measures are being taken to help ensure we all follow stay-at-home guidance and reduce physical contact to limit the spread of Coronavirus. This will help to save lives. We really appreciate your patience, co-operation and understanding.

On this page:


Available online services


Bin collections

Bin collections continue as normal at this time, but we are regularly reviewing this as the situation develops.

Our teams work hard to make every collection slot, but we ask for your patience and understanding as they work through these very challenging times. Please recycle wherever possible and help our collection teams do their jobs.

If you are sick or are self-isolating, you should take extra precautions when disposing of your waste.

Any used tissues or cleaning supplies should be placed into a separate bag from all other waste and double bagged. This should then be kept separate from other waste for 72 hours before presenting the waste for uplift.


New bin request

Unfortunately, we are unable to take requests for new bins at this time.


Household Waste Recycling Centres

We have been following national guidance on the closure of our Household Waste Recycling Centres and it has now been agreed that we will re-open our sites on a phased basis, with additional health and safety measures, from Monday 1 June.

This is dependent on Scottish Government confirming that it remains safe to do and that there will be no risk of significantly affecting the R number - or transmission rate within the community.

Please only use our recycling centres if it is essential.

If you can store waste safely at home, please continue to do so until we are able to reopen fully.

If you have Coronavirus symptoms, do not visit our recycling centres until you have fully recovered in line with the national guidance.

What sites are open and when?

From Monday 1 June:

  • Underwood Road, Paisley
    • Monday-Sunday
    • 8.30am-6pm
  • Middleton Road, Linwood
    • Monday-Sunday
    • 8am-6pm
  • Barrhill Road, Erskine
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
    • 8am-6pm
  • Haining Road, Renfrew
    • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
    • 8am-6pm
  • Miller Street, Johnstone
    • Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    • 8am-6pm

We must allow collection and other service vehicles to leave the Underwood Road depot safely which is why it will open slightly later.

What vehicles are allowed?

In the initial period, only cars will be allowed into the recycling sites.

Vans and trailers are not permitted as these will take longer to empty, would cause lengthy traffic queues and would encourage more waste than is essential to be brought to the site.

In line with this, the permit system is currently suspended as cars do not need one.

However, as normal, you must bring proof of residency and ID with you. This will be checked through your window before you enter the site.

We will advise on any change in the vehicles allowed on site via this webpage and on our social media channels so please continue to check here before you visit.

What materials can I bring?

The recycling centres are opening to help you get rid of excess waste from being at home more often. If residents can continue to store items safely at home, they should continue to do so until the sites have fully reopened.

From 1 June, excess bagged household waste can be disposed of i.e. anything that cannot fit into the household bin.

From 15 June, garden waste, scrap metal and small amounts of rubble can also be brought to each site.

From 22 June, the addition of cookers, washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers.

From 29 June, all other usually accepted items can be disposed of, including TVs, computers, fridges, freezers and smaller electrical appliances, as well as batteries, fluorescent tubes and wood for disposal.

The list of items which can be brought to our recycling centres will be reviewed continually and will only be added to if it is safe to do so.

Do not bring waste at any time which has been used when Coronavirus symptoms have been present i.e. used tissues, wipes etc. This should be kept separately, double bagged and left for 72 hours before placing in your household bin.

How will it work?

  • When arriving at the recycling centre, traffic management will be in place and you should join the back of the single file queue. A member of our team will be able to direct you appropriately.
  • A Renfrewshire Warden or member of the waste team will check your proof of residency and ID while you are in the queue.
    • Please show this through the window of your car and do not leave your vehicle.
    • Please note you will not be allowed entry if you do not have this with you.
  • When you reach the front of the queue, you will be asked what you are getting rid of and directed to the appropriate skip.
  • We will not be able to assist you with emptying your car, so please only bring what you can carry yourself.
  • Physical distancing should be maintained at all times from our team members.
  • A limited number of cars will be allowed in at any one time.
  • You will then leave via the signposted exit.

How will everyone be kept safe?

We would ask anyone using our sites to wash their hands before and after visiting.

All our operatives on site will be wearing the appropriate PPE at all times.

Recycling centres will be cleaned and disinfected regularly as part of a strict programme of cleaning.

Physical distancing will be in place at all times.

A limited number of cars will be allowed in at any one time.

The Renfrewshire Wardens will be available to enforce these restrictions and, if necessary, Police Scotland.

Anything else you need to consider?

If you have Coronavirus symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has, do not visit our recycling centres. You should self-isolate in line with the national guidance.

In the initial period, and in order to maintain the appropriate health and safety measures, we are unable to offer separate recycling and general waste facilities. If you have recycling, please use your household bins as much as possible and store any excess recycling until after your next collection. If you can't do this, then it can be placed into the general waste skip on site until it is possible to open the sites further.

We will continually monitor our sites and adapt the rules and restrictions as necessary.

How will I know if there are any changes?

We will update this webpage with any changes so please check back here and also follow us on social media for up-to-date information.

  • Facebook - @renfrewshirecouncil
  • Twitter - @RenCouncil

Special Uplift (including special uplift for commercial premises)

We are sorry. We are unable to take requests for special uplifts at this time.


Grass Cutting

With a reduced workforce and to support our communities where they need it most during this pandemic, we're currently unable to carry out our regular grass cutting service. We will reinstate this as soon as we are able to in line with Government guidance.

We expect that we will phase the reintroduction of the service, targeting priority areas first over the summer until our workforce returns to full capacity.