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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Waste and recycling

*Updated 29 July 2020*

Household waste and recycling centres (civic amenity sites)

Trade waste now accepted at the East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Blantyre and Carluke sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays only (charges will apply).

From Wednesday 29 July, our household waste and recycling centres will accept all types of waste, including items like soil, rubble, batteries, fluorescent tubes, textiles and gas bottles. 

To help make the changes onsite, some of our centres will have to open later. The sites at East Kilbride, Blantyre and Rutherglen will not open until 12 noon on Wednesday (29 July). Larkhall and Strathaven will still open at 9am and Carluke at 8am.

Vans and trailers will now be accepted on Sundays between 9am and 4pm from Sunday 2 August. This means vans and trailers can visit the sites on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. No long-based wheel vans are permitted, only single axle trailers.

To keep site users and staff safe, there will be a number of temporary changes to the arrangements that were in place before the sites were closed due to the COVD-19 pandemic.

These are:

  • only visit the site if you have no COVID-19 symptoms
  • access is for South Lanarkshire residents only - please bring proof of address
  • cars only apart from Sundays (9am-4pm), Tuesdays and Thursdays when standard-sized vans will also be allowed (vans up to and including small transit size, this does not include long wheel base vans)
  • No charity vans
  • single axle trailers allowed on Sundays (9am-4pm), Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • there will be a queuing system and a limited number of vehicles will be allowed inside at a time
  • once parked, only two people from the same household can exit each car
  • maintain physical distancing and take instruction from site staff re correct disposal.
  • staff will not be able to help you unload
  • last entry one hour before closing

Site opening hours available here:

We are all in this together – so please don’t make your rubbish your neighbours’ problem. Remember that fly-tipping is a criminal offence that carries substantial fines.

Bulky waste and bagged garden waste collection service

Bulky waste and bagged garden waste collection services have been suspended until further notice. Burgundy bin collections (food/ garden waste) are currently operating as normal.  

Dealing with household waste if you are self-isolating

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste.

  • All personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be placed securely in a plastic bag or bin liner
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.

After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and cleaning cloths, need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.