Household waste recycling centres

What we accept

Household batteries

All household batteries such as those used in a torch, children's games or a camera can be recycled in the battery bin.


Bikes are accepted for reuse at all centres except Brechin. At Brechin bikes should be placed in the scrap skip.


We accept food and drinks cans, aerosol cans and biscuit tins. Cans must be rinsed out and aerosol cans must be empty. Plastic lids should be removed.

Car batteries

We only accept car batteries from householders. Large (or other) commercial batteries must be disposed of via an appropriate contractor.


Flattened cardboard must be stacked in the cardboard container. Any contaminants such as polystyrene, shrink-wrapped plastic or string must be removed.

Cooking oil

Small quantities of waste household cooking oil are accepted. Please see the onsite attendant.

Electrical and electronic equipment

All household electrical items are accepted for recycling and fall into these categories: 

  • fridges and freezers
  • large electrical appliances such as cookers and washing machines
  • small electrical appliances such as kettles and toasters
  • televisions and monitors
  • fluorescent tubes and low energy lightbulbs

Engine Oil

Small quantities of waste engine oil can be brought by householders only ‒ we do not accept hydraulic oils such as brake fluid or other oils.

Food waste

Cooked or uncooked:

  • dairy
  • meat
  • bones
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • bread
  • rice and pasta
  • fish
  • tea/coffee grounds
  • gravy or soup – please strain first
  • pet food (tinned and dry)

Garden waste

Small branches are accepted in our garden skip, but larger pieces of wood can cause problems ‒ please see the site attendant for advice. Remember you can have your garden waste uplifted by subscribing to our garden waste service.

Gas bottles

Householders should try to return their gas bottle to where they bought it.

Gas bottles are accepted from householders only, and are stored on site within a wire cage until uplifted by the appropriate supplier.


Separate bins are provided for different colours of glass:

  • clear
  • green and blue 
  • brown

Glass must be rinsed and lids removed.

Liquid food and drinks cartons

Rinsed paper based food and drinks cartons such as those used for fruit juice, custard, and soup are accepted.

Metal lids

Metal lids from jars or bottles etc, are accepted in the container attached to the cans’ recycling bin.


We accept:

  • newspapers
  • magazines and brochures
  • office grade paper
  • junk mail
  • phone directories
  • catalogues
  • paper-backed books 
  • envelopes (except brown envelopes)

We do not accept wallpaper, potato or seed bags. Please don't tie bundles of paper together as string is a contaminant. Hard-backed books or catalogues cannot be taken as their covers are resistant to breaking down, and brown envelopes cannot be taken as they are made from a different type of fibre.

Plastic bottles

All plastic household bottles are accepted. They must be rinsed with lids removed.

Plastic food containers

Mixed plastic food containers are accepted including:

  • washed yoghurt and margarine tubs
  •  ready-meal food trays
  •  fruit and vegetable punnets

Plastic lids

Plastic lids are accepted in the container attached to the plastic bottles recycling bin.


A rubble skip is available at all centres except Brechin and Kirriemuir.

Stone, masonry, sands and gravel, ceramic WC, wash-hand basin or tiles and smaller volumes of earth can be placed in the rubble skip.

Scrap metal

Old ironing boards, piping or chicken wire etc can be placed in the scrap metal skip. If you are unsure about an item please speak to the site attendant.

Shoes and handbags

All shoes and handbags are accepted. Where shoes and handbags are in good condition please donate to charity.


Clothes, bed linen and curtains etc are accepted. No quilts or pillows please. Where textile items are in good condition please donate to charity.

Tin (aluminium) foil

Only clean foil can be accepted. No crisp packets or other plastic foils.


A wood skip is available at each recycling centre, accepting all types of wood including chipboard.

Other items

Visit the What to do with... pages on the Recycle for Scotland website to find out where to recycle items not listed above.