Bulk uplift alternatives

Has your council cancelled all bulk uplifts? Are the waste disposal sites in your area shut? 

Some councils have suggested that you put your bulk uplift items in the backcourt. This is probably not a good idea and there are alternatives:

  • your shared back court is one of the few spaces that you and your neighbours have available to get some fresh air
  • additionally, there is some suggestion that rats and other wildlife are venturing further afield as streets are so much quieter - don't give them a home near you!

Here are some ideas of how to dispose of rubbish responsibly and legally.

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Do you want to look out on this?John Gilbert 2019

Small items

These can be put into your standard waste bins and the best time to do this is just before bins are collected in order to leave plenty of room for food, dirty nappies, etc. Don't leave items next to the bins as they probably won't be collected. Check your council's website for details of what is being collected and when.

Commercial disposal companies

Some commercial companies are still operating, particularly those that make compost from garden waste. You MUST check that they have a waste disposal license. Ask the company for their Registration Number and then check them against the register held by SEPA.

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency Register of Licensed Waste Carriers

Garden waste

Soft matter, like leaves and grass, can be composted. The Royal Horticultural Society has some good and simple advice on how to do this. 

In general, group compost heaps don't work as you don't get the right mix of ingredients and people can add items, such as cooked kitchen waste, that can attract vermin. One person should be the head composter and invite other people to leave suitable materials beside the heap to be added at the right time. The only items you want donated from the house are dead cut flowers, veg peelings, and small quantities of paper or card.

Branches and twigs can be gathered into heaps in a shady spot where they will form a suitable home for wildlife, such as insects, grubs and fungi. 

RHS Composting advice

RHS Wildlife gardening advice

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Upcycled plant pots from water bottlesAnnie FlintPlant up plastic bottles punched with drainage holes and hide them behind pallet wood edgings.

Giving items away


Donate items that have lots of use left in them to charity. But, if you wouldn't give your item to someone you know, don't give it to charity.

Local websites

The following websites will allow you to list items for sale or to give away. These are free and local - good for items that people can easily pick up.

Saleable items

These are more commercial sites that will normally charge a listing fee and commission on the final sales value. Make sure you are able to safely pack and post the item you list.