Community Recycling Centres update

COVID-19 waste

Published: Tuesday, 9th June 2020

More waste types will be accepted at Community Recycling Centres in the Scottish Borders from Wednesday 10 June.

It follows a successful reopening of the recycling centres last week, with the vast majority of the public complying with the temporary restrictions which are in place.

Full details are available on our website.

An infographic explaining the temporary restrictions are available on our Flickr page.

What additional waste will be accepted?

From 10 June, wood and large general waste items which cannot be recycled will be accepted. These include:

  • Mattresses
  • Plastic garden furniture
  • Kitchen units
  • Carpet
  • Wood
  • Wooden furniture

What large items will not be accepted yet?

  • Household electrical appliances such as fridges, freezers, TVs and microwaves
  • Metal objects
  • Cardboard – which can instead be flat packed and presented alongside kerbside recycling bin for collection.

Garden waste and waste that residents normally put in their general bin are still being accepted.

Quantity of waste accepted

A maximum of five bin bags of waste are allowed per visit, including a limit of two large general waste/wood items.

For example:

  • 5 bin bags of waste plus no large items
  • 4 bin bags of waste plus one large item
  • 3 bin bags of waste plus two large items

All other temporary restrictions remain in place to ensure the safety of the public and staff and allow access for as many people as possible.

The public is reminded that one person per vehicle should travel to the site and only one should leave the vehicle to offload waste. No assistance can be provided by site staff to offload materials due to social distancing guidance.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“Thank you to members of the public who have attended our recycling centres and complied with the temporary restrictions so far, which has allowed us to now accept more waste types.

“The restrictions will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as we move forward, with any changes communicated in advance.

“We would continue to ask anyone using a Community Recycling Centre to follow the restrictions and guidance we have in place, and treat our staff with respect.”