Household Waste Recycling Centres

Visiting Household Waste Recycling Centres

Currently all HWRC are open

HWRC may close at short notice due to staff shortages connected to Coronavirus. Please check this page and Highland Council Facebook page for updates.


Important information

  • Nairn HWRC will be closed from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 13 April 2021 for essential maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience
  • Fort William HWRC will be closed on Monday 12 April 2021 for essential maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience
  • Aviemore HWRC will be closed for construction work from 4pm Friday 9 April 2021. A temporary Household Waste Recycling Centre will open on Monday 12 April and is located 100 metres away, next to the Aviemore Kart Raceway. There will be no public access to either HWRC on Saturday 10 April 2021. The Council apologises for the temporary inconvenience caused by the construction works.

Currently the waste being accepted is:

General household waste – To cut down on time spent at the site, please bring waste in bags

  • Bulky household items such as sofas, mattresses, rolls of carpet and garden tools.
  • Garden waste in bags only to cut down on time spent at the site, please bring garden waste in bags and empty the contents into the containers.
  • Cardboard - To cut down on time spent on site, please flatten all cardboard before arriving.
  • Small electrical items
  • Large electrical items
  • Scrap metal (accepted at some sites, please check individual site details)
  • Wood - (accepted at some sites, please check individual site details) such as furniture and garden fencing. Doors and similar waste fron DIY activities are accepted in cars only and limited to one visit per day
  • Light Bulbs including energy efficient bulbs and fluorescent tubes(accepted at some sites, please check individual site details)
  • Household Batteries(accepted at some sites, please check individual site details)
  • Soil and rubble (accepted at most sites in cars only and limited to one visit per day, please check individual site details)
  • Plasterboard (accepted at some sites, in cars only and limited to one visit per day, please check individual site details)
  • Glass bottles and jars (accepted at most sites, please check individual site details)
  • Textiles (accepted at most sites, please check individual site details)
  • Engine oil (accepted at some sites, please check individual site details)

The following vehicles are permitted at HWRC

Cars and small non-commercial 4x4 vehicles.

Vans (under 3.5 tonnes maximum gross weight) and trailers are permitted into the HWRC – There is a requirement to pre-book at many sites – please see details below. DIY waste cannot be taken to the HWRC in trailers or vans.

Adapted vehicles for disabled use

All other vehicles are not permitted

Online booking system for vans (under 3.5 tonnes maximum gross weight) and/or trailers

Vans (under 3.5 tonnes) and/or trailers are allowed into all recycling centres with permitted household items. DIY waste cannot be taken to the HWRC in trailers or vans.

An online booking system for vans and trailers is in place at the following sites:

  • Alness
  • Dingwall
  • Fort William
  • Inverness
  • Nairn
  • Portree
  • Tain
  • Thurso
  • Wick

To book a slot visit the individual HWRC page by clicking the button below.

Book a slot

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before visiting a recycling centre.

Please check your local recycling centre 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

We would encourage residents to home compost where possible.

Regular updates will be provided through our social media channels.

helping you manage your waste

Household recycling centre policy