Orkney Islands Council
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Access to Recycling Centres

As the cost of waste disposal increases year on year, we have identified that some commercial traders are trying to access our recycling centres to dispose of their waste for free, with the vast majority of trade waste being delivered to recycling centres in commercial type vehicles, such as vans (liveried and non-liveried), pickups and vehicles with trailers attached. Therefore the Council is currently looking into introducing some kind of permit system for these vehicles.

Our five household waste recycling centres are provided to enable residents to dispose of their household waste and recycling, with the emphasis being on recycling.

No commercial waste or recycling is accepted at Hatston, St. Margaret's Hope, Cursiter or Garson. Businesses can only take their waste and recyclates to Bossack or Chinglebraes Waste Transfer Station, the materials being weighed over the weighbridge and the businesses involved being invoiced for the disposal cost. Alternatively, businesses can establish a trade waste collection service for either or both refuse and recycling.