East Lothian has four Recycling Centres. These sites are provided for East Lothian residents to deposit household waste and recycling that cannot be collected at the kerbside.
Locations and Opening Hours
The sites are located at:
Kinwegar Recycling Centre
|Dunbar Community Recycling Centre
Spott Road Industrial Estate
North Berwick Recycling Centre
Macmerry Recycling Centre
Both Kinwegar and Dunbar Recycling Centres have a raised area so you can deposit material into the skips without climbing stairs. Please follow the one way systems at each site.
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Each of the sites operates seven days a week and are open as follows:
- Summer (1st April to 30th September) 08:30 - 18:15
- Winter (1st October to 31st March) 08:30 - 16:00
What can I take to a Recycling Centre?
|green garden waste||textiles and shoes||florescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs|
|cardboard||vegetable oil||household batteries|
|scrap metal||engine oil||television and computer monitors|
|rubble||gas cylinders||small and large electrical appliances|
|solid timber||car batteries||fridges and freezers|
|paper, light cardboard, envelopes and Yellow Pages||liquid food and drinks cartons||plastic food and drinks containers|
|green, clear and brown glass||books||CD's, DVD's, video and audio tapes|
|steel and aluminium cans and clean foil||laminated wood||soil and turf|
|hard plastic (at Kinwegar, Macmerry and North Berwick)||carpets only - no underlay (at Macmerry)||bicycles|
The Centres also have facilities to deposit excess household waste.
Items not accepted at the Recycling Centres
There are a number of items that cannot be accepted at the Recycling Centres, this includes:
- Asbestos (contact East Lothian Council's Contact Centre on 01875 824 311 for advice on disposal)
- Car tyres (cannot be accepted at Landfill sites, they should be taken to an authorised treatment facility for end-of-life vehicles)
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment from non domestic properties.
Accessing the Sites
The Recycling Centres are provided for household waste that has been produced from domestic properties in East Lothian. Household waste generated from properties outside East Lothian should be taken to the site being operated by the Local Authority the property is located in. You may be asked to provide details and/or proof of the address the waste has come from when you visit one of our sites.
Vans, trailers and commercial vehicles
Access to the Recycling Centres in a van or a trailer is only permitted between 08:30 - 10:30 Monday to Saturday. Anyone wishing to access the sites in a van or a trailer will be required to complete an application form to register that vehicle.
Householders bringing waste in a van or a trailer will be restricted to twelve visits per calendar year. For the following waste types*:
- Mixed general waste
- Garden waste
- DIY waste - such as kitchen units/bathroom suites/doors/flooring/fencing etc.
- Construction and demolition waste
*This list is not exhaustive other waste types may also be subject to the twelve visit restriction.
Commercial customers shall not be restricted to the number of visits they can make to the sites between those times. Use of the sites will be charged on a per tonne basis at the rate indicated for that charge period. A minimum of half a tonne charge may apply.
Business users must present their SEPA Waste Carriers registration (where applicable) on arrival and complete a waste transfer note in order to deposit waste at a Recycling Centre. Kinwegar and Dunbar Recycling Centres accept waste from businesses through a separate entrance, which is equipped with a weighbridge so business waste can be accurately weighed and charged for.