Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)

Visiting Household Waste Recycling Centres

Important information

Household Waste Recycling Centres may close at short notice due to staff shortages connected to Coronavirus.

For updates, check this page and Highland Council Facebook page.


Waste accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres

  • Bulky household items such as sofas, mattresses, rolls of carpet and garden tools.
  • Cardboard - please flatten all cardboard before arriving.
  • Engine oil (accepted at some sites, please check individual site details
  • Garden waste
  • General household waste
  • Glass bottles and jars (accepted at most sites, please check individual site details)
  • Household Batteries(accepted at some sites, please check individual site details)
  • Small electrical items e.g toasters, kettles, hair dryers, gaming controls
  • Large electrical items e.g. fridges, electric cookers, washing machines
  • Light Bulbs including energy efficient bulbs and fluorescent tubes(accepted at some sites, 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)
  • Scrap metal (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)
  • Textiles (accepted at most 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 from small DIY activities are accepted in cars only and limited to one visit per day

Vehicles permitted at HWRC

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 (this includes horse boxes/large animal trailers).

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. If you are hiring a van please check with the hire company that  it is under 3.5T maximum gross weight before making your booking.

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.

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

Book a slot

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