Community Recycling Centre opening hours to be extended and number plate restrictions lifted

community recycling centres

Published: Tuesday, 7th July 2020

Opening hours at our Community Recycling Centres will be extended as we continue to open up the service following COVID-19 restrictions.

The changes from Monday 13 July will see centres open at 10am on weekdays, closing at 4.45pm.

At weekends they will be available from 9am until 4.45pm.

All sites will shut from 1.15pm-2pm each day in order to allow staff to receive a lunch break and members of the public should avoid this period.

Centres will close one day a week (and two days at Eyemouth and Selkirk) as they did before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Number plate system to end

The current vehicle registration system, which allows cars to enter on certain days depending on whether the last number on their registration plate is odd or even, will no longer be in place from 13 July.

The sites are now also accepting Kerbside Recycling materials (as of 8 July).

Opening hours are as follows:

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.

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

The clothes and glass bottle banks situated at recycling centres are currently close however there are sites across the Borders that are still open. Find your nearest recycling point or bottle bank.

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.

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.

Only cars and small vans weighing up to two tonnes accepted, such as car-derived vans and small panel vans. No large vans, trailers or horse boxes will be accepted.

The limit of one visit a day also remains in place.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

"Our carefully thought out plans to reopen recycling centres has worked really well, allowing us to minimise queues and give residents the opportunity to dispose of excess waste in a safe and efficient manner.

"We are now at a stage where the majority of waste types are being accepted. The next step as part of the phased recovery is to change the operating hours back to what they were before lockdown.

"This will increase the number of hours sites are open each day. It will also significantly reduce the number of staff that are required to support the current operating model. This will assist the Council's wider recovery plan allowing support staff to return to their normal jobs."