Coronavirus

Scotland's Recycling Centres

27 MAY 20 | 4 minute read

Local authorities have been working hard to prioritise key services whilst following guidance to protect public health during the coronavirus crisis. 

At this time, it is important that you only visit your local recycling centre if you cannot store your unwanted items safely at home.   

If you do need to visit, please ensure that you keep visits to a minimum, and check your local authority website before leaving, for information on what to expect including opening hours, rules for access, availability slots and what materials are being accepted.   

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

Visiting a recycling centre

At this time, please only visit your local recycling centre if you can’t store your unwanted items safely at home.  

If you do need to visit, it is important that you only visit your local recycling centre and keep visits to a minimum.    
 
Check your local authority website, from the drop-down menu above, to find out what recycling centres are open in your area.  

Recycling centres are operating differently for the time being, and you may need to show proof of residency before being granted access, so plan ahead to make sure you are prepared before visiting. 

Plan Ahead

Check your local authority website, from the drop-down menu above, to find out what to expect when you visit your local recycling centre including opening hours, rules for access, health and safety measures and materials being accepted.   

Plan ahead and sort your materials before leaving.  This will help to save you time when there and also maximise your recycling.   

Be prepared to queue

Allow Plenty of Time

If you do have to visit your local recycling centre, please allow plenty of time.   

Additional safety measures currently in place mean that your visit will take longer than usual.  It is important to respect the measures in place to help protect public health. 

Remember that sorting your materials before leaving will save you time once at the recycling centre and will help you to recycle as much as possible.   

Keeping everyone safe

Please be patient if you are visiting your local recycling centre, always follow the health and safety measure in place and respect staff.   

You may have to queue when visiting your local recycling centre at the moment.  It is important to stay in your vehicle whilst queuing to help protect public health 

Once you have entered the site and are able to leave your vehicle, it is 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, stay at home and do not visit a recycling centre. 

keeping everyone safe

Will Recycling Centre Staff Be Able to Help Me?

Unfortunately, due to current physical distancing guidelines, recycling centre staff will not be able to assist you with carrying items.  

Please ensure you can safely carry the weight of any items you bring to the recycling centre.  

Check your local authority website, from the drop-down menu above, for further information on the safety measure in place at your local recycling centre, including how many occupants can enter the site in a single vehicle, from the same household. 

Please always respect recycling centre staff. 

Opening hours

Recycling centres will be operating differently for the time being 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 - Bulky/Garden

Check with your local authority to find out if garden, bulky uplifts, or other waste collections are available before visiting a recycling centre.  Where possible, use those services, or store your unwanted items safely at home for a little longer, instead of visiting a recycling centre. 

Commercial waste

If you run a small business then you need to check that your local recycling centre is accepting trade waste.  Use the drop down above to find your local authority website.

Recycling Centre checklist

  1. Consider if your recycling centre visit is essential.  If you can, store your unwanted items safely at home for the time being.   

  2. Check with your local authority in advance and note opening hours, materials being accepted, vehicle and occupant restrictions and any other instructions at this time. 

  3. Before you leave home, sort your materials so that you can recycle as much as you can when you’re at the recycling centre. 

  4. Allow yourself plenty of time for your visit.  When preparing to leave, remember to take your proof of address and check that you can carry the weight of any items you are bringing to the recycling centre. 

  5. If you need to queue, please be patient and wait in your car.  Recycling centres are operating a zero-tolerance approach to aggression, so please always respect staff. 

  6. Be aware of signage or directional floor markings to help direct you through the site safely. 

  7. Please always adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, staff are currently unable to assist visitors with carrying items. 

  8. If you or someone in your household is showing symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home and do not visit a recycling centre.