Waste strategy

We are committed to managing your waste in the most sustainable way possible.  This means treating these materials not as waste, but as a resource with a distinct market value.

Our Zero Waste Strategy

The recycling collection is delivered using three wheeled bins and a box, with collections occurring weekly.  This collection system is aligned with Scotland's Zero Waste Plan, with the aim of collecting the widest range of materials of the highest possible quality. 


Stirling Council residents recycled and composted 54.7% of their waste in 2016. This is an increase in recycling and composting over the previous years figures and makes Stirling one of the best performing councils in Scotland.  However, the challenges and targets set in Scotland's Zero Waste Plan means there is still much more to do especially with food waste banned from landfill by 2020 and 70% of all household waste to be recycled by 2025.

What we do with this information

The information regarding how much we recycle, compost and landfill is reported to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Previous years' returns for all Scottish Local Authorities can be seen on their website under 'Waste Data'.

We are making progress, but there is still much more to do. We especially need to further reduce the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill to help prevent the formation of landfill gases like methane that contribute to climate change.  

Food waste along with garden waste is treated at an in-vessel composting plant to produce compost. Some of this compost will be returned to your Household Waste Recycling Centres where it can be collected free of charge by householders. 

This is all possible with the participation of Stirling Council residents.