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Waste and recycling services - Coronavirus

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have had to suspend certain waste and recycling services. We are working to minimise the impact on communities by recruiting staff from other areas of the council but we expect there will be some delays and disruptions to our services over the coming weeks and months. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this difficult time.


On this page you can find out about the current service arrangements (we update this information regularly):

We also post the latest news and arrangements on our Facebook page.

If you are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, please watch our video explaining current arrangements for waste and recycling services. You can also contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, an online British Sign Language interpreting service.


Household recycling centres

The recycling centres will remain open during the lockdown, staff levels permitting. Based on Scottish Government guidance, visiting a recycling centre is permitted as essential travel, however, please only travel to a recycling centre if absolutely necessary. You can also view this information in BSL.

The following measures are in place to ensure that as many residents as possible can safely use the recycling centres:

  • You need to book a time slot to visit a recycling centre - this is to maintain physical distancing to protect both visitors and staff, to reduce waiting times and to avoid build-up of traffic on the neighbouring roads; the booking system is expected to be in place as long as physical distancing measures are required
  • Trailers and vans require more space than cars – please ensure you make a booking specifically for a trailer or van as otherwise we will not be able to let you in
  • Pedestrian access available daily between 12.00pm and 12.30pm at the following centres: Fraserburgh, Huntly, Insch, Laurencekirk, Portsoy, Turriff and Westhill (no pre-booking is required)this is for those without a vehicle only - please do not park your vehicle outside the centre and walk in as this can cause spillages and issues for passing traffic
  • You need to maintain physical distancing whilst taking your materials into the correct skips, we will limit the number of people on site to make sure this is possible
  • Please check the site layout before your visit and pack the materials into your vehicle in the right order 
  • New automated barriers using cameras with automated number plate recognition system to check your booking are being commissioned at the centres – please ensure you enter your vehicle registration correctly when you book, and remember to stop at the barrier when you arrive at the centre; site attendants will be available to resolve any issues

We have seen an increase in the number of complaints regarding householders burning garden waste and compost. View our advice on smoke from bonfires and neighbourhood issues.

Kerbside collections

We are currently experiencing issues with bin collections due to snow and ice. Unfortunately we will not be able to come back at a later date and empty any bins missed. Where we have missed a bin due to adverse weather, we will collect additional waste/recycling at your next scheduled collection for that bin. Please keep the crews safe by putting your additional recycling into a cardboard box or a clear bag, so crews can easily see it is recycling without opening bags.

Please put out your containers for collection for 7am on your collection day as there may be changes to your collection time. As we are redeploying staff from other services, it might not be your usual crew that empties your bin – please make sure you put your bin out in a clearly visible place. 

Please look out for your neighbours and check they are able to put their bins out. Also, please leave enough space for the bin lorry to get through by parking off street on your bin day if at all possible.

If we miss your bin, please check for updates on our Facebook page and sign up for bin notifications on myAberdeenshire mobile app. As we are experiencing staff shortages due to COVID-19, please help us by only reporting a missed bin if you do not have enough space in your bin to last until your next scheduled collection day.

You are responsible for the waste you produce. Please dispose of it properly. To save space in your bins, avoid buying items with excessive packaging where you can, squash air out of plastic bottles, stack plastic pots inside each other, put paper and card inside a cereal box, squeeze air out of non-recyclable waste bags and compost your garden waste at home.

Bin crews provide a critical service to empty bins to ensure public health is maintained. Please let them get on with their essential job – keep a safe distance away.

Bulky items collections

Due to current restrictions, we can no longer take bookings for bulky uplifts and unfortunately are not able to complete those that were already booked. Please wait for us to get in touch with you to arrange a refund which we are working through as swiftly as possible.

Our household recycling centres will remain open during this period and are accessible by appointment, should this be a viable alternative for you. Please book an appointment for a household recycling centre.

Assisted collections

Due to changes in staff, waste and recycling assisted collections may be collected by a different crew and at a different time. Please make sure your containers are easily accessible and visible. We may have to change where we collect and return your bins from and to.

What to do with your rubbish if you have COVID-19 symptoms

All contaminated waste (for example tissues, cleaning cloths, wipes and masks) must be double-bagged and both bags used tied. Keep the double-bagged waste for 72 hours in a place that can't be accessed by other people or pets, before putting the double-bagged waste in your non-recyclable waste bin. The bin can then be put out for collection as normal.

Textile banks

Textile banks are now operating as normal.

Bin delivery and repair

Bin delivery and repairs have restarted, due to staff shortages it might take up to four weeks for us to deliver your bin.

Compost bin sales

Compost bin sales are currently suspended.

Litter, dogs bins and street cleansing

There will be reduced street cleansing, including street sweeping and litter bin emptying. Please take litter and dog waste home with you where possible.

Community events and litter picks

All public events hosted by our Community Waste Officers have been cancelled for the meantime.

East Grampian Coastal Partnership – Turning the Plastic Tide – have cancelled all beach cleans. Keep Scotland Beautiful have suspended Keep Scotland Clean 2020 events, so we can't support community litter picks. This includes loans of litter pickers, collection and disposal of collected litter.