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Household Waste Recycling Centres

General Information

Where do you go if you have normal household waste and recycling to dispose of?

For Waste and Recycling go to one of two on the Mainland of Orkney, at the Garson Industrial Estate in Stromness or the Hatston Industrial Estate, Crowness Crescent, Kirkwall.

If you only have recyclable waste to take, then in addition to the two sites above the Recycling Centres at St Margaret’s Hope and Cursiter Quarry in Firth are also available.

Each site is kitted out with clearly marked skips and containers you can use to place your recycling, please follow the site signage and instructions and use the site properly, and remember if you have waste that you cannot fit into your kerbside bag or bin at home, then to take it to the Hatston or Garson Centres only.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Service updates

There have been changes to our services due to the current situation.  Find out the latest information >.

Changes to opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions (last entry 15 minutes before closing)

Day

 

Hatston

Waste and Recycling.

Garson

Waste and Recycling.

St Margaret's Hope

Recycling only. 

Cursiter (from 8 December).

Recycling only.

 Bossack

 

Monday Closed. Closed.  11.00 - 19:00.  08.15 – 15:30. Closed.
Tuesday 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45. 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45.  11.00 - 19:00.  08.15 – 15:30.
09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00.
Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45. 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45.  11.00 - 19:00.  08.15 – 15:30.
09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00.
Thursday 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45. 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45.  11.00 - 19:00.  08.15 – 15:30.
09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00.
Friday 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45. 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45.  11.00 - 19:00.  08.15 – 15:30.
09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00.
Saturday 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45. 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:45.  09.30 – 17:00.  Closed. Closed.
Sunday Closed. Closed.  09.30 – 17:00.  Closed. Closed.

We would also like to remind you that Hatston and Garson HWRCs are currently accepting the following materials:

St Margaret's Hope HWRC:

Other types of waste cannot be accepted at this time and the centre will need to close once or twice a day – for up to 30 minutes at a time – for skips to be changed over when full.

Cursiter HWRC:


Bossack HWRC:

Bossack will be accepting garden and electrical Waste only from Tuesday 18 May, the hours of opening from Tuesday to Friday, are 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm (Last entry is at 3.45pm).

Please be advised there are access controls on site to manage the number of vehicles arriving at any one time, please be patient and follow instructions on site.

We would encourage members of the public with large quantities of garden waste (IE trailers) to make use of this facility, where we provide a bay allowing those with trailers to discharge the waste directly to the ground instead of having to carry it into the skips (as provided at our other facilities). Please note that currently there is little, to no, waiting time to access this site at present.

Other types of waste cannot be accepted at this time and the centre will need to close once or twice a day – for up to 30 minutes at a time – for skips to be changed over when full.

We would encourage households to only visit the recycling centres if it is essential to do so and to do so on their normal day of collection if possible. Whilst this will not be possible for all householders, it will reduce potential congestion and avoid having to close sites earlier than advertised if / when skips are filled to capacity.

Please maintain 2 metre physical distancing on site and adhere to site rules. Site staff are on hand to direct you on site once space becomes available, and are under strict instruction to maintain the ‘2 metre rule’ remaining clear of users and vehicles discharging waste on site. As such site staff are unable and have been instructed not to assist users in removing waste from vehicles.

We would like to thank site users and staff for their patience during these difficult times and to remind users to remain respectful to our staff when using these facilities.

Vans and Hire Vehicles

Please note, these centres are for households only. They are not for use by businesses and businesses may find the site operatives turning them away. If you are a business, please visit the 'Commercial Waste' page available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

If a householder is visiting a recycling centre with a van or larger vehicle, they also may be questioned by the site operative. It is therefore advised that if you own a van, or have hired a van to undertake a house clearance or are moving home for instance, that you take along your hire vehicle documentation to avoid being turned away.

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