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Recycling Centres (Civic Amenity)

Where do you go if you have household items to recycle or dispose of which are not suitable for the normal collections?

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

Try your nearest Recycling Centre (Civic Amenity site). 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.

Recycling Centre Opening Hours

Opening hours from Monday 30 September 2013

Hatston Recycling Centre opening times

Closed on Mondays

Tuesday to Friday opening from 8am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Saturday and Sunday opening from 8.30am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Garson Recycling Centre opening times

Monday opening from 8.30am to 3.30pm (unattended)

Tuesday to Friday opening from 8am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Saturday & Sunday opening from 8.30am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

St Margaret’s Hope Recycling Centre opening times

Monday to Friday opening from 8am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Saturday & Sunday opening from 8.30am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Bossack Recycling Centre opening times

Closed on Mondays

Tuesday to Friday opening from 8am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Cursiter Recycling Centre opening times

Monday to Thursday opening from 8am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Friday opening from 8am to 3.30pm (Last entry at 3.15pm)

Recycling Centre Services

Asbestos Waste

Please note that Bonded Asbestos (generally corrugated roofing sheets) can only be disposed of at Bossack Recycling Centre, Tankerness. All Bonded Asbestos MUST be wrapped securely in plastic sheeting or placed in sealed bags. All packages or bags of asbestos should be to such a size and weight that they can be easily handled by two persons. This also applies to Bonded Asbestos collected by the Council from domestic properties as a special collection.

Please note that larger quantities (over six sheets) will only be accepted at Bossack Recycling Centre if they are pre-booked with us.

Other types of asbestos which pose a greater health risk will not be accepted by Orkney Islands Council and should only be handled and disposed of via a Specialist Contractor.

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: (01856) 886367 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: 01856 886367 to make arrangements for the barrier to be raised. This action has been taken due to persistent misuse of the facility by Commercial Traders.

What can be Recycled or Disposed of?

Household items which can be recycled at these sites include:

  • Scrap metal
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Electrical equipment
  • Garden waste
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Waste oil
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Cans
  • Glass
  • Cartons - milk, juice, etc