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Scotland's Recycling Centres Start to Reopen

27 MAY 20 | 4 minute read

What to do when Scotland’s Recycling Centres reopen.

 

We recognise that these are particularly challenging times and appreciate everything you are doing to manage your waste and support Scotland’s waste and recycling services. Local authorities have been working hard to prioritise key services whilst following guidance to protect public health during the coronavirus crisis.

From 1 June, local authorities will start to reopen some recycling centres to help manage the safe disposal of excess waste and recyclable items. Not all recycling centres will be reopening and they will be operating differently than before. You can find a full list of HWRC sites re-opening on 1 June here.

Where you can, please continue to store items safely at home until full services resume. If you need to visit a recycling centre, it is important to plan ahead. So before making a trip we urge you to check your local authority website to find out what recycling centres have reopened in your area and any restrictions that may be in place including opening hours and materials being accepted. Thank you once again for your support.

Recycling Centres to reopen

Find your Local Authority

Main Website

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk

Waste and Recycling Services Page

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Recycling Centre Information

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Main Website

http://www.pkc.gov.uk

Waste and Recycling Services Page

https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus/waste

Recycling Centre Information

https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus/waste

Main Website

http://www.shetland.gov.uk

Waste and Recycling Services Page

https://www.shetland.gov.uk/coronavirus.asp

Recycling Centre Information

https://www.shetland.gov.uk/coronavirus.asp

Recycling Centres – what to expect

Recycling centres are operating differently now.  Only take your waste to a recycling centre if it cannot be stored safely at home and no alternative safe options are available.  Find tips on how to manage waste at home here.

Visiting a recycling centre

It is important that you only visit the reopened recycling centre in your local authority area. Visit your local authority website to find out which recycling centres are open. 

You may have to show proof of residency before being granted access to a recycling centre. Please check local instructions before visiting. 

Expect to Queue

Recycling centres that have reopened  will be operating differently and will not be able to accommodate the same number of users as previously. So please be patient, respect staff and expect to queue on arrival. When queuing, please remain in your vehicle to protect public health. We ask that you only take your waste to a recycling centre if it cannot be stored safely at home and you have no other safe options available. Find guidance on storing waste at home.

Be prepared to queue

Keeping everyone safe

If you do need to visit a recycling centre and you have to queue, please stay in your vehicle. 

Once outside your vehicle it’s important that you observe physical distancing guidelines to protect yourself and others, including recycling centre staff.

If you or someone in your household is showing symptoms of coronavirus then you must stay at home.

keeping everyone safe

Opening hours

Recycling centres will be operating differently and may have changed their opening hours.

Please check your local authority website using the drop down menu above to find out more. 

Accepted materials

Recycling centres may be accepting different types and volumes of waste. Please check your local authority website using the drop down menu above to find out more or see tips on managing waste at home here.

materials accepted for recycling

Waste collections

Check with your local authority to find out if garden, bulky, or other waste collections are available before visiting a recycling centre. Where possible, please use those services instead of visiting a recycling centre.

Will I get any help from recycling centre staff?

Unfortunately, due to physical distancing guidelines recycling centre staff will not be able to assist you with carrying items. Please ensure you are able to safely carry the weight of any items you bring to the recycling centre. Check your local authority website for information on local rules regarding how many occupants can be in a single vehicle, from the same household.

Commercial waste

If you run a small business then you need to check that your local recycling centre is both open and accepting trade waste. Many recycling centres will only be accepting household waste. Use the drop down above to find your local authority website.

Recycling Centre checklist

  1. Consider if your recycling centre visit is really necessary - if possible please continue to store items safely at home until full services resume. 
     
  2. Check with your local authority in advance and note which recycling centres are open, opening hours materials being accepted, vehicle and occupant restrictions  and any other instructions at this time.
     
  3. Before you leave home, make sure you have proof of address in case this is requested and that you can carry the weight of any items you are bringing to the recycling centre.
     
  4. We are expecting recycling centres to be busy so please be patient and wait in your car if you have to queue. Recycling centres will be operating a zero tolerance approach to aggression, so please respect staff at all times.
     
  5. Look out for any new signage or directional floor markings to help direct you through the site safely.
     
  6. Please adhere to physical distancing guidelines at all times. Unfortunately, staff are unable to assist with items at this time.

You can find a full list of HWRC sites re-opening on 1 June here.

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