Orkney Islands Council
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Your Household Collection Service - Mainland

General Information

This section details services relating to the safe collection and disposal of Household waste and recycling in Orkney on the Mainland.

In an effort to increase recycling rates in the County, encourage reduced consumption and waste generation, and save on waste collection costs, Orkney Islands Council (OIC) has - like the majority of all other Scottish Local Authorities, an Alternate Weekly Collection (AWC) service across the Orkney Mainland. Under the scheme, domestic refuse will be collected one week and recyclable items the next. Please remember, your bins/bags need to be put out at the collection point by 08:00!

You will find details of the collection dates and a guide to the items you can recycle on the 'Alternate Weekly Collections - Mainland' page available from the menu on this page.

In Need of Assistance

If you need help with:

  • Properties no more than 75 metres from the collection point are provided with 1 grey refuse bin and up to 2 recycling bins. Households can apply for additional capacity if they feel the bins or bags are not sufficient.
  • For those properties over 75 metres from the collection point or for those who may have storage problems, an annual allocation of up to 75 red bags and a box / 3 bags for recycling can be provided.
  • Assisted Waste Collections can be provided to those who need help, such as the elderly or those with mobility restrictions. Home visits or telephone contact may be carried out as required to determine whether and/or how assisted collections can be performed.

Household Waste Contacts

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the collection and disposal of Household waste in Orkney please contact Customer Service on 01856873535 or send them anĀ email.

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