Hatston and Garson to accept bulky household waste from 7th July

Hatston and Garson to accept bulky household waste from 7th July
03 July 2020

Our recycling centres at Hatston and Garson will be accepting bulky household waste from Tuesday, July 7 – in addition to garden waste and cardboard.

Bulky waste is described as being items too big to fit into your bin – for example furniture, rugs, or other portable household items. It does not include electrical equipment or black bag rubbish at this time.

Unfortunately, due to social distancing we must remind folk that staff are unable to offer assistance so please make sure that you are able to handle the items yourself, or with the aid of another member of your household.

The same restrictions remain in place – with no more than five cars at a time allowed on site at Hatston and three at a time at Garson. Opening hours also remain as 09:00 to 15:45 at Hatston and 10:00 to 15:45 at Garson from Tuesday to Saturday, with both closed 12:00 to 13:00 for lunch.

We would also like to encourage people to continue coming to the waste and recycling centres on their usual bin day, which has been working well and helps to manage traffic flow.

During the past three months of lockdown our waste teams have been picking up people’s side waste (extra bags next to their bins), however, this is to change.

OIC Councillor Andrew Drever said: “Given there has been 12 weeks where side waste has been accepted this will have allowed all residents to clear out their back log. Therefore, from Monday July 6 onwards side waste will not be accepted. Those residents on the ‘red bag’ service will still receive this service. If you do not have a bin and need to arrange one please contact us via MyOrkney or by calling 01856873535 ext 2320.”

Further materials will gradually be added to the HWRCs over the next few weeks, with waste electrical equipment next, followed by scrap metal and then black bag rubbish.

Thank you for your ongoing patience.


School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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