Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  


Public Praised As 14 Highland Household Waste And Recycling Centres Successfully Reopen

4th June 2020

Photograph of Public Praised As 14 Highland Household Waste And Recycling Centres Successfully Reopen

On Monday (1 June) The Highland Council reopened 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres across the Highlands to allow people to drop off their garden waste and bagged household waste.

The last few days have been a success with the phased approach to the re-opening working well. The large number of visitors using the sites across the region has been at safe and manageable levels and staff have adapted well to the new social distancing rules.

Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of The Highland Council's Communities and Places Committee has thanked the public for their understanding and for following the new guidance.

He said: "The cautious phased approach we have put in place has worked very well. The high number of people visiting the sites was as we anticipated it would be but the volume of waste has been handled safely and efficiently by staff. Any queues of traffic are free flowing with waiting times being kept to a minimum. I want to sincerely thank the public for their cooperation and for following the new guidance. I want to also thank all our staff for all their hard work in helping to keep the public safe."

The 14 centres currently operating are in Alness, Aviemore; Brora; Dingwall, Fort William; Gairloch: Inverness; Lochinver; Nairn; Tain; Tongue; Thurso; Ullapool and Wick.

As each site is different and presents its own set of challenges, work is underway to look at reopening those not yet open, including the site at Portree, when the Council is confident that the resources and safety controls are in place.

The Council has a short animation on its social media channels to reinforce key messages. These include a reminder that the sites are for cars only, no trailers or vans are allowed as part of this phase. Also, only bagged household waste and garden waste can be accepted until further notice. The guidance also makes it clear that only one person can leave each car and the 2-metre social distancing rule should be followed at all times. Anyone planning to make a journey is asked to check the opening hours of their local site before setting off.

Cllr Henderson added: “The co-operation we’ve had so far from the public has been fantastic. It is very important that everyone planning to visit a site continues to stick to the restrictions on vehicles and materials they bring. They are in place to reduce the time spent at the sites by so that as many as people as possible can pass through quickly and safely, enabling traffic to flow more freely. Our staff are unable to assist with handling waste so householders should only bring waste they can carry and empty into the containers."

The usage of all sites will be closely monitored before moving to the next phased where it is hoped that the council will be able to expand the materials and vehicles that will be accepted.

FAQs and full details of the opening hours of all the sites are available by visiting


Related Businesses


Related Articles

Final Phase of Child Care Expansion Put On Hold In Highland
The Highland Council is updating parents and carers of its position on early learning and childcare (ELC).   In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Scottish Government removed the statutory requirement for Local Authorities to deliver 1140 hours of ELC from August.  
Council Relaxes Some Controls For Covid-19 Business Recovery
Following on from the recent publication of Highland Council's Supporting Economic Recovery in Highland - A Guide for Businesses - the Council is announcing relaxation of some controls that will assist tourist accommodation providers have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.   In recognition of this where there are specific planning and licensing controls in relation to occupancy, for example: a restriction on the occupancy of any caravan for a continuous 12 month period; or where conditions restrict occupancy for specific periods of time, ...these will be relaxed by the Council up to and including April 2021.  
Committee focuses on Covid-19 actions taken in Caithness
The Caithness Committee met virtual today for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic and it's agenda focused on the actions taken by the Council and the third sector to deal with the effects of Coronavirus in Caithness.   The Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Paul Senior, gave members an update on the plans and preparations underway to prepare for the return of pupils and staff to Caithness schools in August.  
Highland Council's Leader Supports Scottish Government’s Call For Greater Fiscal Flexibility
Margaret Davidson, the Leader of the Highland Council has given her strong support to the efforts of the Scottish Government to obtain greater fiscal flexibility from the UK Government.   The Scottish Government have sought flexibility to offset capital underspend against resource expenditure, more flexibility over resource borrowing and greater flexibility over the use of the reserve for capital.  
Highland play parks to re-open graduallyThumbnail for article : Highland play parks to re-open gradually
The Highland Council is planning to re-open play areas across the region throughout summer.  Advice was provided by the Scottish Government on 28 June as to the safety measures that should be applied.  
Digital Learning success for Highland Council schools and staffThumbnail for article : Digital Learning success for Highland Council schools and staff
The Highland Council was one of the first local authorities in Scotland recognised to develop a Schools Digital Learning Hub, which provides a resource for staff, parents and pupils to support home learning.   Prior to Covid-19, we had an estate of 27,000 Chromebooks that were already a part of our ICT in Learning Strategy.  
Highland Council Committee discussed future of Corran Ferry serviceThumbnail for article : Highland Council Committee discussed future of Corran Ferry service
Earlier today (Wednesday 1 July 2020) members of The Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee had the opportunity to discuss (by video conference) progress made with the Corran Ferry Project which is reviewing the options for securing a replacement ferry and considering the way forward for the future operation and management of the service.   The Corran ferry service has reached a critical point and strategic decisions need to be made.  
Private water supply advice to tourist accommodation providers
As Scotland prepares for the easing of lockdown and the re-opening of the tourism and hospitality sector, The Highland Council's Environmental Health are advising holiday accommodation providers to make sure their private water supplies are safe to drink.   A large number of self-catering and tourist accommodation in the Highlands are served by private water supplies and with these being closed during the lockdown period, the water supply system may not have been maintained and could create a risk to the quality and safety of the drinking water.  
Executive Chief Officer For Health And Social Care, Lesley Weber Is To Leave The Highland Council In September 2020Thumbnail for article : Executive Chief Officer For Health And Social Care, Lesley Weber Is To Leave The Highland Council In September 2020
Lesley, who previously worked for Hackney Local Authority in London, expressed how much she has enjoyed working for the Council.   Lelsey started with highland council on 13 August 2019.  
Highland Council Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme EES:ABS to resume
Following Scottish Government guidance on returning to construction sites across Scotland, works will be restarting on the EES:ABS scheme across the Highlands.   In line with the guidance, contractors will be undertaking phased restarts and adhering to social distancing to allow workers to return to construction sites gradually while using measures such as hand hygiene.