COVID-19 recycling centres reopening information

Temporary restrictions information

Lockdown information

Our community recylcing centres remain open during lockdown, however, it's important that you only visit your local community recycling centre if you cannot store your unwanted items safely at home and that you keep visits to a minimum.

Restrictions information

Households and traders 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 and traders can make a booking up to a week in advance and no less than one day prior to their intended visit
  • 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 or 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
  • from 15 September, the limit on the quantity of waste accepted at community recycling centres is removed
  • with sites potentially busier with more waste being deposited, we request that members of the public follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS guidance when using recycling centres, in particular the requirement to socially distance.
  • 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 or 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.

  • with sites potentially busier with more waste being deposited, we request that members of the public follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS guidance when using recycling centres, in particular the requirement to socially distance.
  • 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 'no queuing' 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
  • see individual recycling centres for items that are accepted

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
  • 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