Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney


Information for the Christmas and New Year period is available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Recycling in Orkney

Orkney Islands Council provides a variety of ways for residents and businesses to recycle waste. More information on local facilities can be found in this section and by viewing the document 'What to Recycle', available from 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

What to know before you throw

Recycling as much material as possible is so important for many reasons including:

  • It saves the environment - did you know it can take more than 100 years for a plastic bottle to fully decompose?
  • It saves you money - get more food conscious via the love food hate waste website and save your wallet.
  • It saves the Council money - each ton of waste shipped to Shetland for incineration costs us approximately £150.00. The more you help us take out, the less it costs, which can be re-invested in crucial frontline services.
  • It helps contribute to Scotland's Zero Waste Targets. By 2025, the Scottish Government is aiming for 70% of all waste streams to be recycled.

Where Does our Recycling Go?

The 'Where Does Our Recycling Go?' document available from the #Related Downloads' section of this page gives details, destinations and examples of final use of the recycling collected from our household waste recycling centres and from domestic and commercial properties.

Find out more

The 'Recycle for Scotland' website is a fantastic resource for finding out information on recycling, with advice on how to reduce the amount of waste you produce, how to reuse household items instead of throwing them out. A link to this website can be found under the 'Related Sites' section.

To find out about more recycling figures, visit the Defra website, available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page. Once on the site, select 'The Environment' and then 'Waste and Recycling' for information on recycling.


A quarterly newsletter -  "Garbology" - on all things to do with recycling in Orkney will be published from June 2017 and are available to download from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

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