Household recycling centres

Household Recycling Centres

Many Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) are now open.

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)
  • cardboard
  • small electrical applicances
  • large electrical appliances

Some HWRC can now accept scrap metal and wood. It is important you check if the HWRC you plan to visit accepts these materials. Please check opening times and items accepted.

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

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.

Regular updates will be provided through our social media channels.

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

helping you manage your waste

Household recycling centre policy

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