Updated: Plans progress to reopen household waste recycling centres in MAKI

Published Date: 

27 May 2020 - 14:10

Civic amenity sites in Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands will re-open on 1 June.

Centres are likely to be very busy for the first few days. We would ask residents to use them only if it is absolutely necessary until the initial demand has died down, otherwise you may have to wait in queues to use the sites.

When we re-open our sites in Campbeltown, Lochgilphead and Islay, there will be a number of changes to normal operations. There are some limits on how you can use the sites and the things you can take there. The sites will go back to normal operations, with all the usual recycling options, as soon as it is safe to do so – we hope no later than a fortnight after opening.

You can takedomestic/general waste and garden waste to all the sites.

For the initial period there will be no containers available for recycling paper, cardboard and plastics.

You can’t take:

  • Electrical items/white goods

  • Large items of furniture

  • Hazardous materials like asbestos, gas cylinders and tyres.

For an initial period only cars will be allowed on the three sites. This will allow more customers to use the sites safely. We will not be able to accept trailers, vans or commercial traffic on site at this time.

Special information for the Roading, Campbeltown

Working with our partners at Renewi, who operate the site on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council, we have put in place a traffic management plan to safely manage access to the site and ensure social distancing.

Cars will be allowed into the civic amenity area on a one-in; one-out basis. Please be patient and stay within your car until you are directed to an unloading point. If the site becomes too busy it will need to close again.

Opening times

Monday – Friday 9am to 3pm

Saturday – Sunday 11am – 3pm

Last entry to the site is 15 minutes before closing time. This gives time for the vehicles queuing to have the contents unloaded. If you do plan to visit the centre, give yourself plenty of time.

Full details on how to use the site are on the council website

Special information for Lingerton, Lochgilphead

Working with our partners at Renewi, who operate the site on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council, we have built a new car waiting area to safely manage traffic and ensure social distancing. Upon entering the site you will initially be directed to this new waiting area – please follow the signage and directions of staff on site. From there cars will be allowed into the civic amenity area on a one-in; one-out basis. Please be patient and stay within your car until you are directed to an unloading point.

Opening times

Monday – Friday 9am to 3pm

Saturday – Sunday 11am – 3pm

Last entry to the site is 15 minutes before closing time. This gives time for the vehicles queuing to have the contents unloaded. If you do plan to visit the centre, give yourself plenty of time.

Full details on how to use the site are on the council website

Special information for Gartbreck, Islay

We have put in place a traffic management plan to safely manage access to the site and ensure social distancing. When you approach you will see the traffic management laid out – please follow the signage and the directions of staff on site.  Cars will be allowed into the civic amenity area on a one-in; one-out basis.

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9am -3pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Sunday: Closed

Full details on how to use the site are on the council website

Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “Central to our plans for reopening the amenity sites is making sure our customers and staff are properly protected. Please be prepared for the site to be busy and for there to be some delay. The restrictions we have put in place are for safety and to help as many people as possible use the sites at what will be a very busy time.

“Like you, we want to get things back to normal as soon as possible and we are working hard to do that. Meantime, it will help us enormously if you can follow the rules and be patient.”

ENDS