A-Z Recycling Guide

We understand it can be a little confusing knowing which items can or cannot be recycled, what you should do with them or which bin to use. To help make things easier, we’ve put together an A-Z guide for residents that provides guidance on what to do when disposing of items.​

Recycling if you live in a flat or tenement

Bring Sites have been provided to make it easier for residents living in flats and tenements in Dundee to recycle. Please be considerate of others when using these facilities.

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Recycling points across the city

Recycling points are smaller in scale and have a more limited number of bins than Recycling Centres. However, they are sited in locations throughout Dundee.

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What can and cannot go in your bins

Grey (General Waste) Blue (Paper & Cardboard) Burgundy (Metals, plastics, cartons) Green Caddies (Food Waste) Brown (Garden Waste)

Recycle for Dundee

Click on a letter or use the category filter to search for your item.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Item Category Guidance More Info
Containers (Polystyrene e.g. take away) Food & Drink
  • Not currently recycled.
  • Place in Grey General Waste Bin
Cookers Electrical
Cosmetics (Plastic e.g. creams & lotion bottles) Health & Beauty
COVID-19 Related Materials (Face Masks, lateral flow test kits, used tissues) COVID
  • Please ensure all of the waste is bagged.
  • Place in Grey general waste bin.
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms, place any used tissues in a separate bin bag and leave it for 72 hours before disposing of them in your Grey general waste bin.
Cream Pots (Sour cream, Double cream etc) Food & Drink
Crisp Bags Food & Drink
  • Not currently recycled.
  • Do not place in Burgundy recycling bins.
  • Place in Grey general waste bin.
Curtains Furnishings
Cutlery (Metal) Food & Drink
Cutlery (Plastic) Food & Drink
  • Not currently recycled.
  • Do not place in Burgundy recycling bins.
  • Place in Grey general waste bin.
Cutlery (Wooden) Food & Drink
  • Do not place in Brown Garden Waste Bin. 
  • Whilst these items are biodegradabe, they are unsuitable for producing commercial grade compost such as our own Discovery Compost which is certified to PAS 100 standards.  Some types of wood can take longer to decompose which could lower the quality of our compost.

Home Composting

  • Items marked as "compostible" may be suitable for home composting but remains at the discretion of the consumer.
  • Home Compost Kits can be purchased via our website.

General Waste

  • If home composting is not an option then Place in Grey general waste bin.