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Wheeled Refuse Bins

wheelie bin

Aberdeenshire Council will empty one 240 litre wheeled refuse bin from every household fortnightly. In North and Central Aberdeenshire, it is the householder's responsibility to supply a bin, whereas in South Aberdeenshire bins are supplied by the Council. Additional bins are available free on request and following assessment of needs (call Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900 for details).

For more collection information and how to buy a wheeled refuse bin, see the links in the Related Info box on the right.


Excess waste

All waste must be contained in the bin with the lid closed in order that the bin can be emptied safely. Please do not leave extra bags beside the bin or put bags on top of the bin contents that might fall out when the bin is lifted, as this waste will not be collected. Excess waste can be taken to a Household Waste & Recycling Centre. To maximise space, recycle as much as you can.

  • For free extra recycling containers call Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900 or ask your collection crew, who carry a limited stock. Containers are also available at various collection points
  • Check the range of materials accepted at Recycling Points and Centres, including electrical items, cardboard, stones and rubble, soil and turf and garden waste. These items should not be placed in your wheeled refuse bin.
  • Consider home composting

Heavy Bins

If a wheeled bin is too heavy to be safely wheeled to the lorry and emptied, it will not be emptied. The decision not to uplift a bin will be made by the individual loader depending on their capacity to move the bin without causing themselves any injury. The reason that a bin is excessively heavy is often because it contains items that are not normal household waste such as rubble, earth or stones. Such items should be removed from the bin by the householder and taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre that can accept these materials. Once the bin is an acceptable weight, please present it for emptying at the next collection date.

Partially emptied bins

To avoid waste getting stuck in your bin:

  • Compact waste before putting it in the bin rather than squashing it down once inside
  • Put heavier materials at the bottom


Presenting your bin for collection

recyclingPlease put your Wheeled Refuse Bin out with the handle facing away from the road and the lid closed.


recyclingOur vehicles use a side-loading system. This needs to hook under the lip on the front of your bin. It can only do this if the bin is facing the right way.








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