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More materials to be accepted at council recycling centres

By David G Scott

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HIGHLAND Council has announced that from today (Thursday, July 23) additional materials will be accepted at many of its household waste recycling centres – including Wick and Thurso – and some opening times extended as part of the planned phased reopening.

Wood and scrap metal have now been added to the range of items that are accepted at the majority of facilities where the layout and size of the site allows.

Items now accepted at most centres are bagged household waste, garden waste, large and small electrical appliances, cardboard, wood and scrap metal.

A number of smaller sites are still unable to accept all these items, so householders are advised to visit the council’s website for materials that are accepted and to check for opening hours.

New information has been released by Highland Council on its recycling centres.
New information has been released by Highland Council on its recycling centres.

Some recycling centres will also see their opening hours extended, making it more convenient for householders.

Currently, cars and small non-commercial 4x4 vehicles only are permitted entry to the sites, enabling as many people as possible to pass through and helping to ensure that centres continue to operate smoothly and safely. Vans and trailers are not permitted at this stage.

All of the recycling centres across Scotland were closed in March due to the Scottish Governments Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel. The safe re-opening of many of the sites in Highland since June 1, has been achieved by limiting the number of users on sites whilst enabling control of social distancing.

To help manage demand and to avoid lengthy queues, an online booking system is being developed for the larger sites whereby van and trailer owners will be able to book a slot to use the facilities. Information about how the booking system will work will be provided in the coming weeks.

To help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, site staff will be adopting robust hygiene standards.

Householders should wash their hands before and after visiting a household waste recycling centre.

Also, the public are asked to observe social distancing and stay two metres apart from staff and other site users when visiting.

Householders are reminded not to visit the site if they are showing symptoms of coronavirus.

Strictly no commercial waste or recycling will be accepted.

For more information please visit www.highland.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

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