Household Waste Recycling Centres

General Information

Where do you go if you have normal household waste to dispose of?

Try your nearest Recycling Centre (Household Waste Recycling Centre). There are five on the Orkney Mainland – Bossack in Tankerness, Cursiter Quarry in Firth, Garson Industrial Estate in Stromness, Hatston Industrial Estate, Crowness Crescent, Kirkwall and St Margaret's Hope.

Each site is kitted out with bins and skips you can use to dispose or recycle a wide range of household items – everything from domestic waste to scrap metal and building materials, to furniture, carpets, cans, plastic bottles, cardboard, paper and juice cartons. Each bin or skip is clearly marked so you know which container to use to separate your materials for recycling.

Summer Opening Hours

From 1 May until 30 September

DayHatstonGarsonBossackSt Margaret's HopeCursiter
Monday Closed Closed Closed 11:00 - 18:45 08:00 - 15:45
Tuesday 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 08:00 - 15:45
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 08:00 - 15:45
Thursday 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 08:00 - 15:45
Friday 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 11:00 - 18:45 08:00 - 15:15
Saturday 09:30 - 16:45 09:30 - 16:45 Closed 09:30 - 16:45 Closed
Sunday 09:30 - 16:45 09:30 - 16:45 Closed 09:30 - 16:45 Closed

All enquiries about these services should be referred to Development and Infrastructure on 01856873535.

Winter Opening Hours

From 1 October to 30 April

All closing times are last entry times with the sites closing 15 minutes from that time.

DayHatstonGarsonBossackSt Margaret's HopeCursiter
Monday Closed Closed Closed 08:00 - 15:45 08:00 - 15:45
Tuesday 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45 08:00 - 15:45
Wednesday 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45 08:00 - 15:45
Thursday 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45 08:00 - 15:45
Friday 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45. 08:00 - 15:45 08:00 - 15:15
Saturday 08:30 - 15:45 08:30 - 15:45 Closed 08:30 - 15:45 Closed
Sunday 08:30 - 15:45 08:30 - 15:45 Closed 08:30 - 15:45 Closed

All enquiries about these services should be referred to Development and Infrastructure on 01856873535.

Recycling Centre Services

What can be Recycled or Disposed of?

Full details of what and where you can recycle is available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

Garden Waste

There is a special skip for garden waste at the recycling centres. This is shredded and composted to make a soil conditioner – so please do not mix concrete, stone, metal or plastic in with your weeds and prunings.

Soil conditioner is now available from Bossack Recycling Centre, Tankerness and occasionally from other recycling centres. Please contact Development and Infrastructure on telephone: 01856873535 to check on availability. Members of the public can pick up soil conditioner free of charge, there may however be a loading fee if larger quantities are required.

Height Restrictions

Please note that height restriction barriers of 2 metres are in place at all Recycling Centres and are permanently lowered, vehicles below this height will continue to gain access to the site with no difficulties. Any householders who wish to dispose of their own domestic waste using a large van or truck should contact Development and Infrastructure on Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2320 to make arrangements for the barrier to be raised. This action has been taken due to persistent misuse of the facility by Commercial Traders.

Vans and Hire Vehicles

Please note, these centres are for households only. They are not for use by businesses and businesses may find the site operatives turning them away. If you are a business, please visit the 'Commercial Waste' page available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

If a householder is visiting a recycling centre with a van or larger vehicle, they also may be questioned by the site operative. It is therefore advised that if you own a van, or have hired a van to undertake a house clearance or are moving home for instance, that you take along your hire vehicle documentation to avoid being turned away.

Related Downloads


Related Links

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

Email: customerservice@orkney.gov.uk

Orkney Islands Council: BOREAS DOMUS MARE AMICUS