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


More Materials To Be Accepted At Household Waste Recycling Centres

24th July 2020

Photograph of More Materials To Be Accepted At Household Waste Recycling Centres

The Highland Council announced on Thursday 23 July 2020 additional materials will start to be accepted at many of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across the region and some opening times extended as part of the planned phased reopening.

Wood and scrap metal have now been added to the range of items that are accepted at the majority of facilities where the layout and size of the site allows. Items now accepted at most HWRC are bagged household waste, garden waste, electrical appliances (large & small), cardboard, wood and scrap metal. A number of smaller HWRC are still unable to accept all these items, so householders are advised to visit The Highland Council's website for materials that are accepted and to check for opening hours.

Some HWRC will also see their opening hours extended, making it more convenient for householders to use the sites with longer opening hours being offered. Alness, Dingwall and Tain HWRC opening hours are changing to 10:00am - 17:00pm (closed for lunch 13:00 - 13:30) Monday - Friday.

At the moment, cars and small non-commercial 4 x 4 vehicles only are permitted entry to the sites, enabling as many people as possible to pass through the sites and help to ensure that HWRC continue to operate smoothly and safely for both site users and staff. Vans and trailers are not permitted at this stage.

Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Highland Council's Places and Communities Committee said, "I am pleased we are continuing to make steady progress with the HWRC for householders and by introducing more materials that can be accepted for recycling and extending the opening hours this is another step towards the ‘new normal'. Our larger sites remain busy and are safely handling hundreds of visitors per day with limited queuing. By accepting a wider range of materials, it is likely that site users will be on site for longer and therefore we may see queues forming at the site entrances as we continue to maintain social distancing for the public and site Operatives. To reduce the time spent on the site, householders are urged to separate their items before they go."

All HWRC across Scotland were closed in March due to the Scottish Governments COVID-19 restrictions on non – essential travel. The safe re-opening of many of the sites in Highland since 1st June 2020, has been achieved by limiting the number of users on sites whilst enabling control of social distancing.

Cllr Henderson added: "Preparation work is well underway to enable vans and trailers to use the facilities in due course whilst adhering to social distancing. To help manage demand and to avoid lengthy queues an online booking system is being developed for our larger sites whereby vans and trailer owners will be able to book a slot to use the facilities. Information about how the booking system will work will be provided in the coming weeks."

To help reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus site staff will be adopting robust hygiene standards. Householders should wash their hands before and after visiting a HWRC. Please also observe social distancing and stay 2 metres apart from staff and other site users when at a HWRC. Householders are reminded not to visit the site if they are showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

Strictly no commercial waste or recycling will be accepted at HWRC.

For more information please visit:

PHOTO - Entrance to the Wick Recycling Centre


Related Businesses


Related Articles

Councillors commend carbon reduction measures being achieved in Highland
Highland Councillors have commended the Council's ongoing efforts to reduce carbon consumption over the past year.   Members have welcomed the information that the Council has saved over 6,000 tonnes of carbon this year.  
Virtual Education In Highland - Supportive, Interactive, EngagingThumbnail for article : Virtual Education In Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging
Virtual education in Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging.   The Highland Council can support and deliver education to any pupils who are asked to self-isolate by the Health Protection Team, in all of our 203 schools across the region.  
School Access For Highland Highlife Offers Support To Young PeopleThumbnail for article : School Access For Highland Highlife Offers Support To Young People
Young people at school are the winners as a result of discussions between High Life Highland and The Highland Council that will see the Charity's staff phased back into schools after the October break.   Speaking about the arrangement, High Life Highland Chairman, Ian Ross said, "I am delighted that once again our partnership working arrangements with colleagues in The Highland Council mean that High Life Highland staff will be able to recommence their work with young people during the school day and within school buildings.  
Highland Council Calls On UK Government To Use Its Powers To Help Reduce Fuel PovertyThumbnail for article : Highland Council Calls On UK Government To Use Its Powers To Help Reduce Fuel Poverty
The Highland Council is calling on the UK Government to help resolve the inequity of fuel poverty experienced in the Highlands of Scotland where people pay more for fuel and energy than other regions in the UK.   Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson has written to the UK Government's Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth) The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP calling on the government to replace the current electricity distribution system with one that replicates that of gas and telecoms and share the cost of energy distribution equally across the UK.  
Highland Council to Support Climate Week 2020
To mark Scotland's Climate Week for 2020, which runs from today until the 20th September, The Highland Council has organised a range of virtual events to share information and seek views from Highland residents and Council employees on climate related topics.   Whilst the circumstances for Climate Week 2020 are very different to previous years, it still provides an important opportunity for organisations and communities to celebrate and showcase what they are doing to tackle climate change.  
Highland Council Trading Standards warns of hoax lottery scam mailings
Highland residents are being warned that letters claiming they have won a share of £425,000 in a ‘postcode lottery' is a scam.   The letters appear to be targeting the Skye area but are likely to be sent to various addresses across the Highland area.  
Highland Council Appoints Interim Executive Chief Officer - Health And Social Care
Fiona Malcolm, has been appointed by The Highland Council as Interim Executive Chief Officer with immediate effect for Health and Social Care, pending recruitment of the permanent ECO post which is currently taking place.   A qualified solicitor, Fiona has worked within the legislative and policy frameworks in place for both children's care and adult social care since joining The Highland Council in 2001.  
Highland Councillors agree proposed distribution of Crown Estates revenue funding
Communities in The Highland Council area are to benefit from Crown Estates funding to be disbursed by the local authority.   Councillors have agreed a funding distribution model to enable the disbursement of over £3million Crown Estates funds across the region.  
Council agrees urgent motion calling for local Covid-19 information sharing
Council today agreed an urgent motion by Cllrs Margaret Davidson, Andrew Jarvie, Alasdair Christie and Jimmy Gray with a call for more detailed local information sharing on Covid-19 for members in local government.   The motion is as follows: "Throughout the pandemic we have received information on national and Highland wide numbers infected with Covid 19.  
Highland Council Confirms Council House Building Targets Will Be Met Despite Covid-19 Lockdown
At the meeting on 9 September 2020 of the Council's Housing and Property Committee, Officers confirmed that house building targets will be met despite lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.   Chair of the committee, Cllr Ben Thompson, said: "I am delighted that we are able to continue to meet our targets for the Council house building programme.