A NEW recycling system is to be rolled out in parts of Glasgow starting next month.

Homes in Knightswood that have individual bins will be the first to get a new grey bin to recycle plastics, metals, cartons, and film.

It means additional materials like yoghurt pots and carrier bags can be recycled.

It will leave the blue bin for only paper, cards and cardboard.

The scheme will be put in place after the council received £21m from the Scottish Government to improve recycling.

It will start in Knightswood and then be rolled out across other areas in the north of the city and then in the Southside later in the year.

By March 2025, it is expected all ‘kerbside properties’ with their own bins will have the new system in place.

Information is being sent out to householders in Knightswood today and others will be notified before they get the new bin delivered.

New collection dates and calendars will also be sent out.

Ruairi Kelly, city convener for neighbourhood services, said: “Introducing a new bin for metal and plastic containers for kerbside collections is a big part of our plans to improve recycling in Glasgow. 

“The new bin will make it easier and more convenient for households to recycle a much wider range of materials at home and improve the quality of the materials we collect.

“We have seen with our pilot of on-street bin hubs for flats that the twin bin approach to recycling dry goods can increase how much material ends up being recycled.  With work also underway on a new hi-tech materials recycling facility at Easter Queenslie, we are determined to drive up recycling rates in Glasgow.

“Recycling more is obviously good for the environment, but it’s also good for the taxpayer as it cuts the cost of disposing of the rubbish we generate.”

The new service is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 6100 tonnes.

After Knightswood the grey bin will be used in Blairdardie, Drumchapel, Temple, Anniesland, Jordanhill, Whiteinch, Yoker, Scotstoun, Kelvindale, Kelvinside, North Maryhill, Summerston, Lambhill, Milton, Ruchill and Possilpark.

Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive, said: "We’re excited Glasgow is enhancing its recycling services and improving the quality of materials collected, which is a significant step towards a more sustainable future for the city.”

A series of drop-in events will be held at community venues to share further information about the changes. Details can be found at www.glasgow.gov.uk/twinstream