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Orkney & Shetland: Facilities


Materials Exchange (Orkney): for details of materials exchange, listen to BBC Orkney's Bruck Programme or check the Orkney Advertiser.

Glass: there are bottle banks around the islands. At present, the glass is taken to Alloa for reprocessing. However, this is expensive due to road haulage and shipping costs, making it economically non-viable. Orkney Islands Council is currently looking into cheaper local options.

Paper: there is a monthly kerbside collection for paper and cardboard in Orkney, and also paper banks around the islands.

Metals: there are banks for cans around the islands. Aluminium cans are collected for reprocessing by Charities Aid Recycling Enterprise (CARE) and steel cans are baled at Chinglebraes and then sent to the Scottish mainland for reprocessing. Scrap metal can be taken to a local scrap merchant or collected by the Council when requested.

Green Waste: Green waste can be taken to recycling centres or composted at home. Green cones for home composting are provided by the Council to households outwith mainland Orkney.

Textiles: can be taken to local charity shops.

You can find out where your nearest recycling centre or points, please visit either www.recycle-more.co.uk or www.wastepoint.co.uk


In Shetland you can recycle glass and cans.

To find out where the nearest recycling point to you is, go to www.recycle-more.co.uk or www.wastepoint.co.uk.

If you have any queries, please email us, or call 01786 471 333

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