Community Recycling Centres update

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Published: Monday, 29th June 2020

More waste types are being accepted at community recycling centres from Wednesday 1 July.

Full details are available.

Accepted items from 1 July

  • Scrap metal – this will be classed as a large general waste item
  • Bikes for re-use at Selkirk, Hawick, Eshiels, Kelso and Galashiels.

Re-use Cabins reopening

We are also reopening our Re-Use Cabins at Selkirk, Hawick and Eshiels. More information about the Cabins is available

The following items continue to be accepted

  • General waste
  • Garden waste
  • Wood
  • Large household electrical appliances such as fridges, freezers and TVs
  • Large domestic appliances such as washing machines and tumble driers
  • Small household electrical appliances such as microwaves, hoovers, toasters and kettles
  • Rubble
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Car batteries
  • Engine oil.

No other items are being accepted at this stage.

What about the remaining temporary restrictions?

  • 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. This includes the odd and even vehicle number plate system.
  • The public is reminded that 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.
  • No assistance can be provided by site staff to offload materials due to social distancing guidance.

Quantity limit

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.

Chief Executive, Tracey Logan

“We continue to ask residents to follow the temporary restrictions we have in place for the safety of the public and our staff, and thank them for their patience and cooperation throughout this challenging time.”