Orkney Islands Council
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Your Household Collection Service - Isles

Christmas and New Year Information

For information about waste and recycling collections, opening hours of the waste management sites during the Christmas and New Year period, and Christmas tree collections in the New Year please go to the "Christmas and New Year Holiday Period" page via the 'Related Links' section of this page.

General Information

This section details services relating to the safe collection and disposal of Household waste and recycling for the Outer Isles in Orkney.

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, introduced an Alternate Weekly Collection in 2012 (AWC) on the Mainland and two of the Outer Isles. Under this scheme, domestic refuse is collected one week and recyclable items the next. On the Islands of Westray and Shapinsay, alternate weekly refuse and recycling collections are carried out, following a pilot on these Isles. However, on the remaining Outer Isles, the service differs and a weekly bag collection remains at the moment.

In an effort to improve the capacity for residents to recycle on the Outer Isles, OIC has invested in additional capacity during 2015/2016 at central collection points. More recently in 2016, every resident on the Outer Isles can opt to receive up to two wheeled bins for the safe storage of their domestic refuse and/or recyclables. You will find details of the collection dates for Westray and Shapinsay and a guide to the items you can recycle on the 'Alternate Weekly Collections - Islands' page available from the menu on this page.

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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