Household Waste Recycling Centres

Our Council has closed all the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) until further notice to safeguard local residents and staff.


The closure applies to all HWRCs in Dumfries and Galloway

We understand at this time many people will be taking the opportunity to work on their properties and generating higher levels of waste material but the safety of the public and our staff is paramount. We had no option other than to close these facilities for everyone's safety in line with Government guidance on social isolation.

At this time, we advise that households should try not to produce waste that cannot be disposed of through the weekly waste collections. Please be aware that if you cannot store waste safely within your property, or to pay an official private service to manage that waste, you should put off doing that project until such times that services resume.

If households (or commercial premises) do try to employ someone to take away waste, it is important to do duty of care checks to ensure they are a registered waste carrier to ensure waste is managed appropriately.

Fire prevention

As a result of the changes to waste services, it is important that if householders (or commercial premises) are storing any waste or recycling items, that they are stored safely to prevent fires and vermin. Further advice on waste and fire safety is provided on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website.


With the closure of household waste recycling centres in the area during the current Coronavirus pandemic you may be considering burning refuse. There are no bylaws covering domestic bonfires but there are laws for the nuisance they may cause.

It is also worth noting that where possible the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recommend you avoid lighting a bonfire to dispose of garden waste or other items.  If you are intending to light a bonfire please follow these safety tips from Scottish Fire and Rescue.

We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Further advice

Glass bottles, cans and textiles

Glass recycling is still important for other sectors including medicine and food, especially at this time. You are encouraged to continue using glass, can and textile recycling banks located at Recycling Points (unstaffed sites) provided this is in accordance with Government guidelines on self-isolation and/or any further restrictions on movement. These banks will continue to be emptied.

Plastic bottles, paper and cardboard

Plastic bottles, paper or cardboard items at your home should be placed in your household wheeled bin or Council supplied waste sacks for disposal at the current time if you can't store them safely.

Garden waste

Garden waste can be put in your household wheeled bin, or Council-issued refuse sacks if you do not have a wheeled bin.

We are unable to collect side waste (extra bags next to your bin) and all waste, including garden waste, to be collected must be contained within a wheeled bin, except where you have Council-issued refuse sacks. Please note that since April 2019 the Council no longer sell refuse sacks for the disposal of additional waste.

However, it will help to take pressure off Waste Services if you can reduce or reuse garden waste if it's possible:


Call 01387 750911 for advice if you have any small amounts of asbestos at your home which you need to dispose of.

Commercial waste

Commercial waste should be disposed of either through the Council's Commercial Waste collection service or an appropriately licensed Waste Management company. Household Waste Recycling Centres are not licenced to accept commercial waste.

Email or call 030 33 33 3000 if you need to organise a commercial waste collection.

Fly tipping

Our Community Safety Team is responsible for dealing with reports of fly tipping (the illegal dumping of rubbish or waste on land not meant for that purpose). Our Community Safety Officers can issue a fixed penalty notice of £200 and more serious offences can be prosecuted through the courts with fines of up to £40,000 and a prison sentence.

You can report fly tipping online, email or call 030 33 33 3000.


If you are have items you no longer need which may be suitable for reuse, please hold on to them if you can store them safely, rather than dispose of them.

Your reusable items could really help individuals and families in the region through Reuse Shops and Charity Shops when they re-open. It will also help to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste disposal and have benefits for our environment by saving resources.

Further information

Contact us if you are unsure what do to with household waste or household recycling which you would have otherwise taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre: