Household waste recycling centres


Our recycling centres are still open during current restrictions, but please think about whether your journey is essential.

Please observe social distancing measures and wear a face covering on site. 

You can only attend a recycling centre if you have booked a slot below. The sites are arranged differently. Read the information and signage.

Only Edinburgh residents can use our recycling centres at 

  • Seafield HWRC, 76 Seafield Road, EH6 7LW
  • Craigmillar HWRC, Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4TB 
  • Sighthill HWRC, Bankhead Avenue, EH11 4EA.

Trailers and vans are only allowed to book visits from 8.30am until 10am.

Opening hours

All recycling centres are open 7 days a week for booked slots only.  

Book a visit to a recycling centre

Cancel a visit to a recycling centre

Emergencies or severe weather may cause the centres to close at short notice.

Site rules

Before accessing the centre you must read and accept the site rules:

  • you must follow instructions given by staff for your safety
  • children and animals must remain in your vehicle at all times
  • only Edinburgh residents with their own household waste can use recycling centres
  • commercial, trade or business waste is not allowed
  • you must observe speed limits and traffic flow signs - reversing is not allowed
  • all waste must be sorted and deposited in the correct container
  • only authorised contractors may remove materials

We prosecute anyone who threatens or assaults our staff.

Vehicles allowed into recycling centres

  • Only Edinburgh residents in domestic or short term hire vehicles can use the recycling centres.
  • No vans are allowed at Craigmillar
  • Trailers and vans are allowed at specific time slots, with other criteria, as specified below.

Vehicles not allowed into recycling centre

  • Liveried vans
  • Any vehicle over 3.5 tonnes
  • Flat-bed tipper / flat-bed transit style vehicles.
  • Luton vans
  • Horse boxes
  • Trailers that measure more than 6 feet by 4 feet, excluding the frame / tow hitches etc.
  • Hire vans that are hired for a more than 5 days
  • Any van that has had more than 12 visits in a twelve month period


Staff have the right to

  • refuse access to anyone who fails to produce the correct documents
  • refuse entry or deny tipping to any person they suspect of trying to deposit commercial waste, whether for disposal or recycling
  • require suspected traders / carriers of commercial waste to complete a household waste declaration form to state that the waste is from their own domestic property – appropriate photo ID may be required to be shown to site staff when completing this form
  • inspect the contents of any load
  • visit any customer’s address, if they are suspected of bringing in commercial waste, to establish the origin of the waste
  • ban, from all sites, any vehicle or customer suspected of ongoing illegal deposit of commercial waste.