Bathroom Bins

We surveyed 1,000 people in Scotland and were surprised to find that 380 of those people do not own a bathroom bin!

So, in the spirit of sharing is caring, we have been looking into what is out there.

Remember, your toilet is not a bin, only the 3Ps should be going down the toilet (paper, pee and poo). So, if you don’t have a bathroom bin, where are you putting everything else?

Nature calls – it’s time to act.

There are so many options to suit any home and any bathroom. You just need to do a little research to find the best option for you.

Here is just a selection for inspiration:

  1. Swing top bin
    Easy access and the lid swings closed to keep odours locked inside.

  2. Pedal bin
    Easy access and hygienic option, foot pedal opens the lid, so your hand doesn’t need to touch it. Lid keeps odours locked away.

  3. Touch bin
    Soft press for easy open. Or electronic sensor for the touchless hygienic option. Lid keeps odours locked away.

  4. Recycling bin
    A good option for the environmentally conscious. Compartments to separate recyclables from general waste.

  5. Open wastepaper basket
    Simple and easy option. Handy to simply throw rubbish into. No lid does mean odours can escape.

Just Add Water

We know that wipes are very convenient, and in some cases vital (NHS, care sector, etc.). But we also know that single use products are bad for the environment. It is always better to reuse if you can.

Sometimes the old ways are the best. We might have flinched when granny approached our mucky faces as children with a wet flannel, but granny was the smart one, saving money and the planet before we could spell ozone layer. Thankfully today, there are numerous face cloths available to suit the most sensitive of skin.

Besides, who wants to wipe their face with a plastic wipe filled with chemicals, anyway?

So, how about investing in a reusable facecloth (or flannel) to use time and time again, good for your pocket, the planet and your pipes.

In recent years there has been an increase in reusable facecloths and cleansing face mitts on the market. These new products are made of natural materials ranging from organic cotton to bamboo. Pair one of these with your favourite cleansing lotion, then… just add water.







Homemade Gunk Pots

Please remember to never pour fats, oil and grease (FOG) down the sink. Once it cools, it thickens and clogs up pipes, causing nasty sewer flooding. No one wants that!

So, the question is what should you do with leftover FOG?

Often oil from cooking can be re-used at least once, saving you some money, and every penny counts these days.

However when it’s time to part company with your leftover FOG here’s a hack that’s good for your pocket, the planet and your pipes.


Make your own gunk pot:

If you don’t have a spare container, or glass jar to store leftover FOG, why not try making your own gunk pot! These handy homemade vessels will save you money and they are ego friendly too. Win win.

Step 1.

Find some old newspaper and rip into sheets, roughly the size of A4 paper, or 30cm long by around 15cm wide. You will need about 5 or 6 of these to make one gunk pot.

Step 2.

Take a large glass and roll one of the sheets around the glass, leaving about 5cm at the bottom. Once wrapped around the glass, fold over the excess paper at the bottom. Repeat for each sheet. Sellotape the final sheet to secure, then hey presto, you have your very own gunk pot.

Step 3.

Remove the glass from the gunk pot. For added safety (in case of spillages), grab an old mug that you don’t use often, or a small plant pot. Place your paper gunk pot into the old mug and keep by the sink as a reminder to never slop FOG down the plug hole.

Step 4.

After cooking, if you can’t reuse the leftover FOG, pour it into the gunk pot. Remember to give your pan a quick wipe with kitchen roll before washing up. The same gunk pot can be used for several weeks. Once full, and the FOG has cooled and hardened, carefully remove the paper gunk pot from the mug and throw into the bin. Repeat step one and you will have a sustainable supply of gunk pots.


Visitors to some of Scotland’s most beautiful natural locations will be able to refill and stay rehydrated at new public water taps being installed to help reduce waste and litter.

On World Refill Day – when people are encouraged to refill their bottles to help protect the environment – Scottish Water has confirmed that Top Up Taps are being installed within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Cairngorms National Park and Mabie Forest in the south-west.

Eight taps in total are being installed over the summer ensuring that visitors can stay hydrated using refillable bottles and reduce waste and litter, such as single-use plastic. The approach supports the drive to encourage visitors to leave no trace when visiting the countryside.

Five are earmarked for communities in and around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.

Two taps will be installed over the summer in Aviemore, the outdoors capital of the Cairngorms, and Pitlochry, located near the national park’s southern boundary. A further site is being explored in Braemar.

And another new tap will be located at Mabie Forest in Dumfries and Galloway, popular with walkers and mountain bikers.

They form part of an expanding network across Scotland which have already saved the equivalent of more than 450,000 single use plastic bottles through refills at the push-button water points.

Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Water, said:

“Scotland’s great outdoors have never been so popular with visitors. We’re delighted to be able to keep people hydrated with our public water taps at the same time as reducing our footprint on the natural environment.

“There is a real connection between the environment and the water we all enjoy and use daily. Providing people with an opportunity to top up from the tap using refillable water bottles is vital to reducing litter and the amount of single use plastic in our communities.

“The growing network of public taps throughout the country is already making a real contribution to our efforts to be more sustainable and reduce litter. It also means people can enjoy great tasting tap water out and about in more and more places.”

The five taps in Loch Lomond &The Trossachs National Park will be installed at Balloch, Aberfoyle, Callander, Balmaha and Rowardennan.

Forest and Land Scotland and the national park authorities have backed the roll-out.

Simon Jones, Director of Environment and Visitor Services at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority said:

“As one of Scotland’s most popular visitor destinations this is fantastic news for the National Park. These taps will benefit both the local and wider environment by reducing litter and helping address the environmental impact of single use plastics such as water bottles.

“As well as being a serious threat to the National Park’s wildlife, litter impacts local communities and affects visitors’ enjoyment while they are here.  We have significantly increased our resources on the ground for this season and these new taps complement the additional bins, toilets and staff we have put in place to support the increased numbers of visitors we are seeing.  If visitors can refill their water bottles, there is less demand for single use plastic bottles, making it easier for people to leave no trace of their visit.”

Stuart Chalmers, National Visitor Services Manager of Forestry and Land Scotland, said:

“This is a great initiative that we’re happy to support. I’m sure will be a big hit with all of our visitors and will help drive home the message that when it comes to sustainability, little things – like refillable bottles – can make a big difference. “

Grant Moir, Chief Executive of Cairngorm National Park Authority, said:

“Anything that helps reduce single use plastics and results in less litter in the Cairngorms National Park is most welcome. We look forward to more of these taps appearing in other places in the Cairngorms National Park in future.”

The taps will be switched on after a series of tests have been completed to ensure the water is wholesome. They are regularly inspected and cleaned.

More information about our Your Water Your Life campaign at:

For more information contact Scottish Water Corporate Affairs on 07469 444806


Visitors to Perth’s South Inch Park can now enjoy fresh, great-tasting water on the go with the launch a new refill tap.

Scottish Water has installed the new top up tap in the park as a part of a drive encouraging people to carry reusable bottles to help stay hydrated, protect the environment by reducing waste and save money.

The tap, which is located near the children’s play area and The Pavillion, is the second to launch on the Fair City with one being fitted in the High Street last year.
Gavin Steel, corporate affairs manager at Scottish Water, said:

It’s fantastic to have one of our Top up Taps in this popular park used by so many people. We’re encouraging everyone to make the most of it when they are out and about  – remember to take a reusable water bottle to easily top up at the tap. Drinking water from a refillable bottle is good for your health, good for the planet by helping reduce the volume of single-use plastic and it’s good for your pocket too.Studies show a growing number of people are starting to carry refill bottles with them to stay hydrated and these taps make it easier for them to do this when out and about.

Nine-year-old Amy Tully, of Perthshire, was one of the first people to use the new tap with her brother Matthew, 7. She said:

I love doing my bit to help the environment, and it meant we got to stay at the park longer as we had plenty water to keep us going.

Councillor Angus Forbes Convener of Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment & Infrastructure Committee welcomed the new refill point. He said:

The refill taps, provided by our partners Scottish Water, will help with the first of many steps Perth & Kinross Council will be taking to help the environment and tackle climate change. With more than one million plastic bottles being bought in the world every minute, I hope that residents and visitors to Perth alike will now think twice before buying a bottle of water and use one of the re-fill taps.

The taps, which are all disinfected regularly, all have tracking devices which record the amount of water they give out.

Since the first Top up Tap was launched more than 400,000 litres of water have been consumed from Scottish Water’s expanding network of the refill points across the country. The utility will soon have 50 of the taps in the ground at sites including harbours, beaches, national parks, botanical gardens and other top tourist attractions.

More information about our Your Water Your Life campaign at:

For more information contact Scottish Water Corporate Affairs on 07469 444806

Big Blue Taps Brought to Life on Film to Celebrate World Water Day

Scottish Water’s iconic big blue water taps are starring in a new film as we celebrate the value of water on World Water Day.

We’ve lifted the lid to tell the story of the epic journey our Top Up Taps take to their new homes in communities across Scotland.

Our growing network has seen 39 taps already installed from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, as we encourage everyone to use a refillable bottle when out and about and be kind to the environment by reducing plastic waste.

Our taps have already dispensed more than 120,000 litres of water and saved the equivalent of 365,000 single use plastic bottles.

And we are continuing our installation programme with new taps planned for some exciting locations, such as the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, Prestwick Beach and Arbroath Beach Park, to name but a few.

But the process to install our taps is far from simple. Our brilliant new film showcases the massive team effort involved behind-the-scenes in bringing a Top up Tap to life on a street near you.

Our location selection and planning processes, as well as the installation and sampling operations are all brought to life on screen for the first time.

Scottish Water’s top up tap team chief Lorna Neilson said: “People across Scotland have taken our big blue taps to their hearts.

“Using them is a great way to do your bit for the environment, as well as staying hydrated on-the-go and saving money.

“They may seem to suddenly appear in locations across Scotland, but it’s amazing how much planning, preparation and sampling goes on to make it all happen.

“We’ve loved bringing their story to life and hope it helps people appreciate the value of water.”

The Top up Tap programme is part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign to encourage people to join the wave and use a refillable bottle, for your health, your pocket, and your planet.


Staying hydrated is a walk in the park for visitors to Strathclyde Country Park.
Scottish Water’s 23rd Top Up Tap is located near to the East Gate, just outside Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre.

The state-of-the-art public water tap means park users can top up with fresh, great-tasting Scottish water at the touch of a button helping them to stay hydrated on the go.

Speaking at the official launch on Tuesday 3 March, Ruaridh MacGregor, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs regional manager, said:

“It’s fantastic to see our Top Up Tap here in one of the most popular family attractions in Scotland’s central belt. The tap is free to use and we’re encouraging everyone to make the most of it when they’re spending time here in the park – all they need to do is remember their reusable water bottle so that they can top up with ease. Topping up from the tap benefits health and wellbeing, saves money, and helps reduce waste and its impact on the wider environment.”

Ruaridh MacGregor – Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Regional Manager

The new Top Up Tap is a welcome addition to the park which has thousands of visitors each year and boasts a wide range of facilities, including an internationally renowned watersports area. Visitors can enjoy walks around the loch and park, adventure playgrounds, bicycle hire, watersports activities including family fun boats, and a snack in the café overlooking the loch. The park is also home to Scotland’s Theme Park, M&Ds. It was a proud host venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is a world class rowing venue.

Together with members of Strathclyde Loch Sailing Club and Strathclyde Park Rowing Club, Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee, helped mark the tap launch. Speaking at the event, he said:

“Strathclyde Country Park is one of Scotland’s top attractions and welcomes thousands of visitors every year, from dog walkers and families, to keen cyclists and watersports enthusiasts. The new Top Up Tap, offering a refreshing drink of Scottish water free of charge, will be a welcome and very popular addition to the facilities here at the park.”

Councillor Michael McPake

Perth’s New Top Up Tap Leaps into Operation

Perth High Street’s latest addition will make it easier for residents and visitors to the ‘Fair City’ to top up refillable water bottles and stay hydrated on the go.

North Perthshire MSP and Deputy First Minister John Swinney was joined by fellow Perth MSP and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP, as well as representatives of Perth & Kinross Council, to get the tap officially flowing today (Friday, February 28).  

The Perth tap is the 22nd to be installed so far across Scotland.  A total of 70 are set to appear all over the country by April 2021. 

This new Top up Tap is a great addition to Perth’s High Street. I hope people will make good use of it, whether they are using the city centre to shop, exercise or visit our outstanding cultural venues and hospitality businesses. 

The River Tay has always been at the heart of Perth and our community’s story. This tap brings the supply of clear, fresh and great-tasting drinking water that it brings us right to the heart of the city.

John Swinney – Deputy First Minister

We want all of our customers to love their water – and to help us care for the environment that makes it available for us to use. 

Today is a particularly good day to bring a new Top up Tap to the fair city. Tomorrow, Saturday 29th February, is a day that traditionally turns the tables and offers an opportunity to make a special commitment.

We don’t normally make proposals, but why not make the leap to carrying a refillable bottle and topping up regularly with Scotland’s world class drinking water?

Brian Lironi – Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP launched the first Top up Tap outside the Scottish Parliament in October 2018. Since then, new taps have appeared all over the country from Dumfries in the south to Lerwick in the north – and there are many more still in the pipeline. 

I’m delighted to have been involved in Top up Taps – a project which has been welcomed with enthusiasm by communities the length and breadth of Scotland. More and more people are carrying refillable water bottles and using them to keep hydrated – benefiting their health and saving money, while playing an important part in promoting the circular economy and nurturing our environment. It’s great to have a Top up Tap now available in the heart of Perth – and I look forward to seeing many more appearing around the country over the coming months.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Perth & Kinross Council has worked closely with Scottish Water over recent months to support the Top up Tap’s installation.

This is a great initiative that I am pleased to be able to support. It will make it even easier for people to conveniently enjoy the benefits of Scotland’s tap water on the go. Using a refillable bottle is not only good for the environment, it also helps people to save money and stay hydrated. We’re delighted to have this new facility on Perth’s High Street, and we look forward to working with Scottish Water to encourage everyone to top up from the tap.

Angus Forbes – Convener of the Environment & Infrastructure Committee at Perth & Kinross Council, Councillor

Since the first Top up Tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 55,000 litres of water have been consumed from Scottish Water’s expanding network of Top Up Taps – the equivalent of more than 167,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles. 


Scottish Water’s latest Top Up Tap in Inveraray, the 20th to be installed across Scotland, yesterday received support from the Duke of Argyll as he helped officially open it.

Locals and tourists in Inveraray can now stay hydrated while going about their daily business or enjoying the must see attractions, following the launch of Scottish Water’s latest Top Up Tap in the town’s Front Street.

“I was delighted to be able to attend and officially open the new feature, and it was great to see the enthusiasm from the local children from the ECO committee at the local primary school who are very passionate about protecting our environment.

I look forward to seeing the tap in use all year round. It is great for Inveraray that visitors and the local community will now be able to top up their refill bottles at the new Top Up Tap.”

Duke of Argyll – Chief of the Clan Campbell

The Top Up Tap is part of Scottish Water’s Your Water, Your Life campaign which encourages more people to carry a refillable bottle with them and drink tap water on the go to stay hydrated, save money and help protect the local environment by reducing the amount of waste. 

The utility, which also had help at the opening from Inveraray primary school and jail and a local councillor, expects the number of Top Up Taps to rise to 70 over the next 18 months.

“I was delighted to be at the launch of this initiative as it will provide a really useful and convenient source of water for locals and visitors.

It is important to be hydrated and to offer the opportunity to obtain water in a public place is to be welcomed both from a health perspective and also an added amenity within the town of Inveraray, congratulations to Scottish Water for providing this facility”.

Dougie Philand – Local Councilor

“Inveraray Primary School has a long tradition of learning for sustainability and have been awarded numerous Green Flags by Eco Schools Scotland. Every year pupils and staff choose a global issue for learning and action. This year we are looking at water. We were delighted to attend the opening of our local Top Up Tap as we believe it will play a significant role in helping locals and visitors better understand the importance of staying hydrated and believe it will encourage people to re-use bottles instead of continually purchasing a new bottle”.

James Hebert – Head Teacher of Inveraray Primary School

“We are delighted to launch our latest Top up Tap in Inveraray. I hope this will encourage local and visitors alike to carry and reuse their water bottles”.

Ruaridh MacGregor – Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager

Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 55,000 litres of water has been drunk from Scottish Water’s expanding collection of Top Up Taps – the equivalent of more than 167,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.      

New Scottish Water Top Up Tap makes a splash in Stonehaven

Stonehaven residents and visitors who have been working up a sweat at the town’s Open Air Pool, leisure centre or playpark will now easily be able to quench their thirst thanks to a new Top Up Tap from Scottish Water.

Leisure centre staff and Stonehaven councillor Wendy Agnew joined members of Scottish Water’s local team to launch the new facility which is situated in Queen Elizabeth Park. 

The state-of-the-art Top up Tap, which is the 19th to be installed across Scotland so far, will allow people to top up their water bottles with free, great-tasting water, with the total expected to rise to 70 over the next 18 months. 

It is part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign which encourages more people to carry a refillable bottle with them and drink tap water on the go to stay hydrated, save money and help protect the local environment by reducing the amount of waste.    

Duty Officer at Stonehaven Leisure Centre, Kelsea Murray, said: “It’s so important for people to stay hydrated when they are exercising, whether that is taking a dip in either of the great pools we have here in Stonehaven, working out in the gym, running around the playground or going for a stroll along the shore.

Anything that helps make it easier for people to drink more water is to be welcomed so I’m delighted to see this new addition to the Queen Elizabeth Park and hopefully it will be well used by everyone in the town.

Councillor Agnew said: “I am pleased to support Scottish Water’s initiative to install a Top Up Tap at Queen Elizabeth Park in Stonehaven. I hope it will encourage use of refillable ‘top-up’ water bottles rather than the plastic ‘use-and-discard’ type of bottle.”

Clive Duncan, of Scottish Water, said: “We’re delighted to launch our first Top Up Tap of 2020 in this great location in Stonehaven which will make it easier for everyone enjoying all of the wonderful facilities in the area to stay hydrated on the go.

As part of our Your Water, Your Life campaign, we’re encouraging everybody to top up from the tap as much as possible and to remember to take a refillable bottle with them when they leave the house. As well as the health benefits of drinking more water, it also saves money and helps reduce waste.

Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 55,000 litres of water has been drunk from Scottish Water’s expanding collection of Top Up Taps – the equivalent of more than 167,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.