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 hand-sorted by material type by the crews at the kerbside.  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. 


Currently 9 waste streams, including food waste, can be collected using one vehicle on most recycling routes.  This kerbside sort of materials produces the best quality of recyclables and provides the best possible value.

Stirling Council residents recycled and composted 54.5% of their waste in 2015. 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.  

  • TEG Environmental transports the skip to their anaerobic digestion plant in Glenfarg.

  • This plant processes the food waste, creating biogas that is turned into electricity and heat, as well as solid and liquid digestate which make excellent soil amendments and fertilisers.

This renewable power made from your food waste is then fed back into the National Grid to provide heat and energy for homes and businesses.

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