Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed it will re-open 12 of its Household Recycling Centres for bagged general waste, garden waste and electrical items. 

Residents of Aberdeenshire will be asked to book a slot online to control the volume of vehicles – cars and pick-ups only – accessing both the centres and surrounding areas at any one time. 

Details of the booking system will appear on the Aberdeenshire Council Waste Services website at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/waste-covid-19/  and will be featured on our social media page at http://facebook.com/AberdeenshireWaste/

The Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) opening from Monday, June 1 are those at Macduff, Fraserburgh, Ellon, Inverurie, Huntly, Turriff, Westhill, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Portlethen and Redcloak at Stonehaven.  

These facilities will operate seven days a week as usual and have extended opening hours from 9am to 6.30pm.

  • Anyone turning up to the sites without a booking will be turned away. 
  • All HRCs will have clearly-defined unloading bays to ensure strict physical distancing is maintained at all times.
  • Only one adult should unload a vehicle – unless two adults are needed for heavy items – and staff will be unable to assist with any unloading. 
  • There will be no pedestrian access and no children will be permitted outside vehicles. 
  • During the initial phase, there will be no access for trailers or vans, however these will hopefully be able to be accommodated in the second phase in due course. 
  • General waste – i.e. waste that would normally go in your black bin – will only be accepted if it is bagged.  
  • All garden waste must arrive bagged before being emptied in the appropriate skip.
  • There will be clearly-marked areas to deposit white goods and electrical items. 

No other materials – i.e. bulky items, glass, cardboard, wood, metals, textiles and rubble – will be accepted at this stage.