Changes at local recycling centres

Vans and trailers can now book to visit Recycling Centres in West Lothian.

By John A. MacInnes
Monday, 17th August 2020, 11:08 am
Vans and trailers are now permitted access to recycling centres.
Vans and trailers are now permitted access to recycling centres.

Local residents can transport waste from their own home and were able to access the recycling centres from August 17 by booking a visit.

All five recycling centres have time slots available from Monday to Friday for vans, pick-ups, flatbeds and vehicles towing a trailer. Householders can still bring their own waste in cars without booking a slot.

Bookings can be made a minimum of two days in advance by visiting www.westlothian.gov.uk/vansandtrailers.

Residents should ensure they attend within their time slot, and bring their booking confirmation, photo ID and proof of their home address in West Lothian with them, or they may not be allowed access to the site.

This system is for household waste only, commercial access for recycling is not yet permitted and general waste from businesses, traders or charities is not accepted at any time.

Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: “I’m delighted that we are now able to welcome vans, pick-ups and trailers with household waste back into our recycling centres.

“The re-opening in June has been very popular, with visitor numbers a third higher than the same period for the previous year. I’d like to thank residents for making the reopening of our recycling centres a success by following the site rules.

“We increased the opening hours of all five centres, to 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm and put in traffic management, to ensure we could cope with demand.”

He added: “We were unable to accommodate vehicles bringing larger volumes of waste initially, but we are now in a position to do so once more.

“The booking system will allow us to limit the numbers of larger vehicles accessing our recycling centres at any given time, ensuring access is maintained for all residents.”

Anyone using recycling centres should follow social distancing signage on site