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Recycling Services

Aberdeen City Council offers a variety of recycling services for you to recycle your household waste. These include:

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  •  collection of waste paper and cardboard, garden waste, food waste, glass bottles and jars, food and drink cans, plastic bottles, aluminium foil, foil trays and aerosols only. 
  • Information on where and how to reduce and reuse your waste.

Why do I need to recycle?

We're producing too much waste! Households in Aberdeen produce 120,000 tonnes of waste each year and the rate at which we are producing this waste is rising. We all need to take responsibly for our own waste and take action to reduce the amount of waste we create.

We're running out of space to dispose of our refuse.

The majority of the rubbish from Aberdeen City is taken to a landfill site. These sites have limited capacity and if we produce less waste and recycle more the landfill site will last us much longer for the items that cannot be recycled.

We have tough legislative targets to recycle more and to reduce the amount of material we send to landfill.

The problem of disposing of the ever-increasing amounts of refuse has led the European Union to introduce new legislation forcing member states to dispose of waste in a sustainable and safe way. All Local Authorities in the UK are required to achieve tough targets for the reduction of recyclable and compostable materials sent to landfill. Aberdeen City's target is 40%, and we currently only recycle 32%.

We have no alternative.

Aberdeen City Council will face large fines if we do not reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. Instead of sending waste to be landfilled, Aberdeen City Council proposed to build an energy-from-waste facility. These plans were rejected and we have instead been forced to look at alternate ways to manage the waste we all produce.

Separating your waste into items that can be reused or recycled is a simple way in which you can help to protect your environment. Many 'waste' items are actually useful materials that can be reused or recycled. Recycling your waste helps to:

  • Conserve the earth's natural resources. Fewer raw materials are needed to make new products.
  • Save energy. Making products from recycled materials uses less energy than making then from raw materials.
  • Reduce the need for landfill. If products are reused and recycled it saves them from being disposed of to landfill.
  • Reduce the risk of global warming. As waste rots in a landfill site it releases methane gas which is considered to be a main contributing factor in global warming.


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