New opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres

Opening hours at Edinburgh’s three Household Waste Recycling Centres are changing from next month to bring them into line with neighbouring authorities.

The Council’s Transport and Environment Committee has approved the new hours of operation at the three centres (Seafield, Sighthill and Craigmillar), which will come into effect from 1 April 2019..

The new hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 0900-1700; and
  • Thursday 0900-1830

As part of the budget-setting process for 2018/19, Council approved a review of HWRC opening hours to align them more closely with operational hours in neighbouring authority areas.

Transport and Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes said: “Bringing the hours into line with other authorities bordering Edinburgh makes financial sense for the Council. Currently we’ve got an issue with waste from outside Edinburgh ending up in our centres since they’re open longer each day than ones in other areas. This puts an extra administrative and financial burden on our service and we expect to save some £200,000 through realigning our opening hours. We’ve consulted fully with affected staff and will be running a publicity campaign to make residents aware of the new arrangements.”

Current hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Friday 08:00 – 19:20 (cars) or 19:00 (vans)
  • Saturday and Sunday 08:00 – 17:50 (cars) or 17:30 (vans)

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