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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.

Opening times




Waste and Recycling.


Waste and Recycling.

St Margaret's Hope

Recycling only. 


Recycling only.



Monday Closed. Closed. 08:00 – 15:45.  08:00 – 15:45. Closed.
Tuesday 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45.  08:00 – 15:45.
08:00 – 15.45.
Wednesday 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45.  08:00 – 15:45.
08:00 – 15.45.
Thursday 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45.  08:00 – 15:45.
08:00 – 15.45.
Friday 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45. 08:00 – 15:45.  08:00 – 15:15.
08:00 – 15.45.
Saturday 08:30 – 15:45. 08:30 – 15:45. 08:30 – 15:45.  Closed. Closed.
Sunday 08:30 – 15:45. 08:30 – 15:45. 08:30 – 15:45.  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:

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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