Your Household Collection Service - Mainland

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General Information

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, an Alternate Weekly Collection (AWC) service across the Orkney Mainland. Under the scheme, domestic refuse will be collected one week and recyclable items the next.


Every household (paying Council Tax) is entitled to 1 grey refuse bin and 2 green recycling bins (with or without internal caddies for separation of recyclates). The ‘Wheelie Bin Allocation’ guide at the bottom of this page in the ‘Related Downloads’ section, gives further information on the bins provided.


The ‘Bin Collection Guide – Mainland’ document in the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this gives information on how to present your bins on the collection day.

If a bin store is used, please ensure that all relevant bins are out of the bin store and presented for collection at the kerbside by 08:00 on the day of collection.

What day is my bin collected?

Road lists for the various areas and collection calendars can be viewed in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of the page. The lists contain the roads in each area, showing the collection area and collection day.

Maps for the East and West Mainland are also available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page, graphically summarising the collection areas.

Please note - There are two alternate weekly collection calendars. One relates to areas 1-8 and the other relates to 9-15.

Please remember, your bins/bags need to be put out at the collection point by 08:00!

In Need of Assistance

If you need help with:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the collection and disposal of Household waste on mainland Orkney, please phone 01856873535 or email

Related Links

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535


Orkney Islands Council: BOREAS DOMUS MARE AMICUS