COVID-19 recycling centres reopening information

Reopening temporary restrictions information

Households with trailers or large vans can now access recycling centres using our online booking form.

See our waste services privacy notice.

Information for trailers or large vans

  • Households can make a booking up to a week in advance and a minimum of two days prior to their intended visit
  • Commercial access to recycling centres is not yet permitted but further information is available
  • A large van is defined as being over two tonnes in weight when carrying its maximum permitted load. This includes vans such as Ford Transit, Vauxhall Vivaro and Volkswagen Transporter.
  • Small panel vans such as Ford Courier, Renault Kangoo, Vauxhall Combo or Fiat Doblo which weigh up to two tonnes when carrying its maximum permitted load do not require a booking slot.
  • Once a booking has been made, the large van or trailer owner should arrive promptly at the recycling centre at their allotted date and time
  • If there is a queue, the driver should join and will be allowed access, even if it is after their allotted time
  • All trailers and large vans will be checked upon arriving at a recycling centre and if they have not made a booking they will not be allowed access.
  • A maximum of five bin bags of waste are allowed per visit for all vehicles, including a limit of two large items, for example:
    • Five bin bags of waste plus no large items
    • Four bin bags of waste plus one large item
    • Three bin bags of waste plus two large items
  • Only one person should leave a vehicle unless it is a heavy item, and no assistance can be provided by site staff to offload materials due to social distancing guidance
  • Trailer and large van owners are asked to only make one booking per day. Should two bookings be on the same day, we reserve the right to cancel the second booking

Please note there may still be lengthy queues at our recycling centres due to high demand.

Opening hours

Weekday (Monday to Friday):

  • Morning: 10am-1.15pm
  • Afternoon: 2pm-4.45pm

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday):

  • Morning: 9am-1.15pm
  • Afternoon: 2pm-4.45pm

Weekday closures:

  • Duns - Thursday
  • Eshiels (Peebles) - Wednesday
  • Eyemouth - Tuesday and Friday
  • Galashiels - Tuesday
  • Hawick - Wednesday
  • Kelso -  Monday
  • Selkirk - Monday and Friday

Restrictions still in place

Some measures remain in place to ensure centres can continue to operate effectively.

  • One person per vehicle should travel to the site and only one should leave the vehicle to offload waste. The only exception is for heavy items such as washing machines where two people can leave vehicle to offload waste.
  • Please abide by the signs in place at each site and do not queue beyond signage at the entrances to avoid traffic backing up.
  • No assistance can be provided by site staff to offload materials due to social distancing guidance
  • The limit of one visit a day also remains in place.

Quantity accepted

A maximum of five bin bags of waste are allowed per visit, including a limit of two large general waste/wood/electrical/rubble/car battery/scrap metal items, for example:

  • Five bin bags of waste plus no large items
  • Four bin bags of waste plus one large item
  • Three bin bags of waste plus two large items

Items not yet accepted

See individual recycling centres for items that are accepted.

  • The clothes and glass bottle banks situated at recycling centres remain closed however there are other sites across the Borders that are still open. Find your nearest recycling point or bottle bank.
  • We are currently unable to accept waste cooking oils.

Further guidance

  • The temporary restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff and allow access to as many people as possible
  • You must continue to follow the government’s two metre social distancing guidance when visiting our recycling centres
  • Waste should be presented in easily managed amounts that can be deposited quickly on arrival at site
  • Recycling centres may need to temporarily close at short notice in order for skips to be emptied
  • We thank all residents for their patience and cooperation and would ask anyone using our recycling centres to please treat our staff with respect
  • Failure to comply with the temporary restrictions and social distancing guidance will result in recycling centres having to close again