Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Waste and Recycling

General Information

This section contains information relating to the collection, recycling and disposal of commercial and household waste in Orkney. You can also find information on Waste plans and how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle your household waste.

The material you throw away costs money to dispose of (approximately £150.00 per tonne) as the Council has to ship the general residual waste to Shetland for incineration. By reducing what you throw away in the first place or recycling these materials instead, not only do you contribute to the sustainability of our environment, but you also make a very valuable contribution to us as a council in saving money that can be re-invested in other key services.

Waste Transfer Site

The Waste Transfer Site, located at Chinglebraes, is where all the domestic waste collected in Orkney used to be burnt.

Today the plant has a different role. All household rubbish is delivered to Chinglebraes, along with waste that cannot be buried at the landfill site, located at Bossack. It is then baled up and shipped to Shetland Islands Council’s waste-to-energy centre. There the bales are incinerated to provide hot water for Lerwick’s district heating scheme.

Entry to Chinglebraes is restricted. So if you are a householder with something to dump, please take it to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres, which are listed on the Recycling Centres page of this site. Special collections of waste can also be arranged, and details of this service can be found on the Commercial Waste page. Links to both pages can be found at the 'Related Links' section on this page.

Related Links