Reminder of changes to refuse and recycling collections for Westray and Shapinsay

Reminder of changes to refuse and recycling collections for Westray and Shapinsay
12 November 2018

Residents and businesses in Westray and Shapinsay are being reminded that changes to their recycling and refuse collections start next week (week starting Monday 19 November).

The changes will involve all properties on Westray and Shapinsay receiving an Alternate Weekly bagged collection.

The changes will help the Council’s waste team make the collection service more reliable and more efficient, with a greater capacity to deal with issues such as vehicle maintenance and driver availability across all of Orkney’s waste collection routes.

All properties will have received a letter and collection calendar earlier this month detailing the changes.

Details of the changes are also available on the Council website.

There will not be any changes to:

  • The frequency of collections.
  • The range of materials residents can recycle.
  • The bags residents use to present their waste and recycling.


From and including 20 November, residents in Westray will still receive their collection on a Tuesday, however their ‘Recycling’ and ‘Refuse’ weeks will be switched, starting with the collection on Tuesday 20 November which will be refuse. The following week (Tuesday 27 November) will be a recycling collection.


From and including 23 November, residents in Shapinsay will receive their collection on a Friday and their ‘Recycling’ and ‘Refuse’ weeks will be switched. The last recycling collection from the previous rota will be undertaken on Tuesday the 20th November with the new rota coming into place thereafter. This will see a recycling collection on Friday 23 November with the next refuse pick-up on Friday, the 30th of November.

For any enquiries please contact our Customer Services team at School Place on tel 01856873535.

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535


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