Household recycling centres

Household Recycling Centres

Many Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) are starting to re-open from Monday 1 June 

Government legislation has now been updated so that a trip to the Household Waste Recycling Centre is now regarded as an acceptable journey for essential waste disposal.

Journeys to a HWRC must only be undertaken if your waste cannot be stored at home safely.

Currently the only waste being accepted is:

  • bagged household waste
  • garden waste ( please bring in bags to ease emptying into containers)

This is a phased re-opening and cars are the only vehicles permitted access to the HWRC at present

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before visiting a HWRC

  • Sites that will open on Monday 1 June:
    • Alness 
    • Aviemore
    • Brora
    • Dingwall
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Inverness
    • Lochinver
    • Nairn
    • Tain
    • Thurso
    • Tongue
    • Ullapool
    • Wick
  • Sites that remain temporarily closed:
    • Bonar Bridge
    • Durness
    • Grantown-On-Spey
    • Kingussie
    • Lairg
    • Portree

Please check your local HWRC opening times and other information using the link below.

Check opening times and items accepted

For more information please read the latest press release.

Additional Guidance

Please do not put waste you may have taken to a HWRC in your household bins as it may overwhelm the collection services. If you decide to have a clear-out while you’re at home, store it safely in a garage or shed until normal service resumes. Please avoid carrying out large DIY or gardening projects unless you have the space to store the waste. Again, we would encourage residents to home compost where possible.

We would also like to draw your attention to Scottish Government guidance on staying at home except for:

  • Travel for essential work that can not be done at home
  • Travel for food and medical supplies
  • Travel for essential medical attention
  • Taking exercise outside

Regular updates will be provided through our social media channels.

We have 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres and from Monday 1 June there will be restrictions that apply at all sites. 

helping you manage your waste

Household recycling centre policy

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