Household rubbish and recycling

Our household recycling centres have now returned to normal opening hours from Thursday 2nd July

Social distancing
In order to keep both staff and customers safe, please ensure you follow social distancing rules when using the site, and stay 2m apart from staff and other customers

If any sites become too busy or full, or if too much traffic is queueing, the site may need to be closed temporarily.

Disposing of your waste within the site
In order to keep customers and site staff safe, staff will not help you dispose of your waste. Please only bring what you can safely lift from your vehicle into the containers.

All restrictions on the use of the site are designed to keep customers and staff safe, meaning the site can continue to operate. Please treat site staff with respect and understand that they are performing a difficult job in order to provide you with more waste disposal options.

Please do not go to the site if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19.

Find your local household rubbish and recycling centre

The links below will help you find a recycling centre, tip or dump near you and what the opening hours are. You can also find out what rubbish and recycling we collect in your area on our bin collection page.
Recycling centres
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
By Lochgilphead
By Oban
Bowmore, Isle of Islay
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Kilchattan, Isle of Colonsay
By Gallanach, Isle of Coll
Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree

Special collections for bulky waste

If you have large items of rubbish that don't fit in your wheelie bin, such as old beds, furniture, large electrical items or other bulky items, you can arrange for us to come and collect it from your home - find out more on our bulky waste page

(Please note - there is a charge for this service)

Local recycling points

Make an enquiry about your local recycling point

As well as the recycling centres in each area, there are also a number of local recycling points in our communities where you can take various items for recycling:

To find out what kerbside recycling is available in your area, please go to our Bin Collection page, where you can find out what is collected and on what day for your area.

The Recycle for Scotland website is a fantastic resource for finding out information on recycling, with advice on how to reduce the amount of waste your produce, how to reuse household items instead of throwing them out, and how and where to recycle items in Argyll and Bute. You can also find out how the recycling process works.

If you have an item to recycle and want to find out where you can take it, or if you want general information and advice on recycling such as what kerbside facilities exist in your area, or where your nearest recycling facilities are, the website can help you find all this information, and more, for the Argyll and Bute area.

A good source of waste reduction, re-use and recycling information is available through the Zero Waste Scotland website -

Argyll and Bute Council are committed to Recycling, and aim to be one of the top Rural Local Authorities in this field. We work closely with local recycling groups and also larger companies, to provide excellent recycling facilities across Argyll and Bute.