Renfrewshire Council

Change to garden waste collection

What the new service is, where garden waste collections will be available, when it will start, other bins and bin collections, what bags you can use.

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What the new service is

As part of our continued drive to provide the best, most efficient service for our residents, we have introduced a garden waste collection service to more than 15,000 households in Renfrewshire who did not currently receive one.

This moves these residents onto a service in line with the majority of Renfrewshire and we hope it will drive an increase in food waste recycling, as well as removing garden waste from the grey bin to give residents more space.

Where garden waste collections will be available

This will affect some, but not all, residents in:

  • Bishopton
  • Bridge of Weir
  • Crosslee
  • Elderslie
  • Erskine (Mainshill Gardens, Parvake Way, Lachlan Crescent only)
  • Johnstone
  • Houston
  • Inchinnan
  • Kilbarchan
  • Linwood
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Paisley
  • Renfrew

The areas of Erskine (Bargarran, North Barr, Rashielee and Park Mains) that changed to a new collection service recently will not change at this time.

If you didn't receive a leaflet, calendar or service guide, then your service will not have changed and you should continue to follow your current collection calendar.

When the new service will start

We sent an initial leaflet to residents involved which will have arrived around the end of August to give you time to prepare and ask any questions ahead of the change coming into place.

New brown bins were delivered over a three-week period from 2 September 2022.

Residents affected by the changed should now have new, updated collection calendars and a recycling guide to ensure you can continue to manage your waste effectively - email if you think you should have received a new calendar, but haven't.

The first set of collections on the new schedule started on 26 September 2022.

Your collection day will not have changed.

Other bins and bin collections

Food caddies and food waste

You should put the food waste from your food caddy into your new brown bin. It should not be presented for collection.

It can go in biodegradable bags, which you can collect from your nearest recycling centre or library, or straight into the bin. Please don't put plastic bags into any of your recycling bins.

Your other bin collections will not have changed.

Shared bins

If you had a communal food waste bin, we will have swapped this for a brown bin and you should use this from now on.

You can request your own bin rather than a shared bin. It will be your responsibility to present it for collection.

Additional brown bins

Waste advisers visited all properties affected to make sure the appropriate number of bins are provided at each location, taking into account usage, space and collection routes.

If you live in a house, you will not receive another brown bin.

If you live in a flat, you may now have more than one brown bin for each block. These bins are communal.

What bags you can use

You can put food waste straight into your brown bin or you can use biodegradable bags.

Please do not use plastic bags, or any other type, as this will contaminate the recycling.

If you need more biodegradable bags, please tie a liner to the handle of your bin, collect them from your local recycling centre or library, or call us to request them on 0300 300 0380.

More information

If you have any questions on the service, email us at or call 0300 300 0380.