Household waste recycling centres

Location details and opening hours appear on the pages for each of the seven recycling centres in Angus:

Remember you can redistribute recycled furniture and household goods to those in need. For more information visit the furniture reuse page. You can also organise a special uplift of household goods. To register and subscribe for garden waste uplift, visit our register and pay for the garden waste service pages.

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

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

Cans

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.

Cardboard

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

* Please ensure all household fridges and freezers do not contain food/food residues or stagnant water which can create odours.  

Fridges and freezer containing food/food residues or stagnant water cannot be accepted at recycling centres as the electrical waste collection company will not uplift contaminated items.   

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.

Glass

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.

Paper

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.

Rubble

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.

Textiles

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.

Wood

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.

The materials you leave at our recycling centres are used in a variety of ways:

Bikes

Bikes are donated to either Angus Cycle Hub  or Second Cycles. 

Cans

Steel cans are collected and turned into items such as steel piping or steel cans. Aluminium cans are smelted and reprocessed usually to make more aluminum cans.

Car batteries

Batteries are uplifted and transported to a reprocessor where the batteries are broken down. The lead and acid component is removed and recycled and the plastic casing is recycled.

Cardboard

Cardboard is reprocessed to make new cardboard.

Cooking oil

Cooking oil is reprocessed into biodiesel which can be used as fuel for both diesel cars and generators.
Bio liquid fuels are also produced which can be used to run CHP (combined heat and power units).

Electrical and electronic equipment

Electrical items are broken up into various components for recycling.

Engine Oil

Every litre of engine oil is fully recovered and processed to produce high specification fuel oil or alternatively recycled for re-use as base oil.

Garden waste

Free soil enhancer is produced locally from garden waste collected from Angus households. Help yourself using your own bags (three maximum) at the Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose Recycling Centres.

Glass

Glass is reused to make new glass bottles and jars.

Liquid food and drinks cartons

Cartons can be recycled into plasterboard liner, paper carrier bags and garden furniture.

Newspapers and magazines

Newspapers and magazines are pulped and recycled back into paper for the newspaper industry.

Plastic bottles

Lighter bottles are turned into polyester fibre, while harder bottles can be recycled into guttering, wheelie bins and water butts etc. The green wheelie bins that we use are made of this recycled harder plastic.

Plastic food containers

These are recycled into water butts and other hard plastic items.  

Plastic lids

Plastic lids are recycled to produce water butts and other hard plastic items.

Rubble

Rubble is reused.

Scrap metal

Scrap metal is segregated and sent to various reprocessors.

Shoes and handbags

These items are sent to third world countries.

Spectacles

Spectacles are collected on behalf of Vision Aid Overseas. Spectacles are sorted, cleaned and graded by Specsavers, before being shipped abroad to the developing world.

Textiles

Textiles are sent to third world countries. Items that cannot be reused are recycled into wiping rags for the oil industry.

Tin (aluminium) foil

Reprocessed aluminium foil is generally used to make engine components or new tin foil.

Wood

Wood is sorted and shredded. Some wood is turned into ‘flake’ boards and some is used as biofuel.

Important changes at recycling centres in Angus

To ensure public safety at our centres, Angus Council has implemented the following changes:

  • No pedestrian access - this is due to the volume of traffic entering and leaving recycling centres which can make pedestrian access unsafe.
  • No wheeled bins accepted on site - emptying wheeled bins into skips has been identified as an unsafe practice.
  • Restricted access for trailers:

Trailers permitted (fair use policy - one trailer load per day for trailers over six feet in length)

Arbroath

Montrose

Trailers up to six feet in length permitted

Brechin

Carnoustie

Forfar

Monifieth

No trailers permitted Kirriemuir

You should ensure that you are finished offloading any material before closing time.

We reserve the right to restrict access to any vehicle on a site by site basis.

Large or unusual vehicles such as horse boxes or motor homes can cause congestion at our sites and fill up skips. To help manage this, we offer disposal at either Arbroath or Montrose recycling centres, by appointment only. Please call ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 to arrange.

Our recycling centres are free to use. However, if you use a van to transport your waste, you may be asked to fill out a form declaring the waste to be household, as there is a charge for commercial waste - see the recycling centres - commercial waste page for details.

Each centre has staff who will offer help and advice, however you are responsible for offloading your waste (including bulky or heavy items) and ensuring it is deposited in the appropriate container.