Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION- Household Waste in Dumfries and Galloway


COVID-19 - Household Waste Recycling Centres

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and following the announcement by the Prime Minister that all cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms, and leisure centres have been told to closed their doors in order to keep people physically apart, the Council has taken the decision to close all the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Dumfries and Galloway until further notice in order to safeguard local citizens and staff.

This applies to all HWRCs:

  • Closed - Lockerbie HWRC (Muirhead, Lockerbie)
  • Closed - Beattock HWRC
  • Closed - Annan (Corsehill, Annan)
  • Closed - Sanquhar HWRC
  • Closed - Thornhill HWRC
  • Closed - Lincluden HWRC
  • Closed - Lochar Moss HWRC
  • Closed - Castle Douglas HWRC
  • Closed - Dalbeattie HWRC
  • Closed - Newton Stewart HWRC
  • Closed - Whithorn HWRC
  • Closed - Stranraer HWRC

We understand at this time of self-isolation many will be taking the opportunity to work on their property thus leading to higher levels of waste material generated.

However the safety of the public and our staff is paramount and as you will appreciate our staff are also affected by COVID-19 so we do not have any option other than to close these centres in line with Scottish Government guidance on social isolation and is for everyone's safety.,

Please read the advice below in relation to disposing of household items which you would otherwise have taken to one of these Household Waste Recycling Centres in Dumfries and Galloway.

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances, this note will be updated with further advice on disposal of household waste, when available. Please see for latest information.



I usually take recycling items such as glass bottles, plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard to Household Waste Recycling Centres for recycling - what should I do with these items while the Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed?

Glass can still be deposited at glass banks located at Recycling Points (unstaffed sites) always in accordance with government guidelines on self-isolation and/or any further restrictions on movement. Glass recycling is important for other sectors including medicine and food, especially at this time. Your continued use of glass recycling banks in your community is supported and these glass recycling banks at locations such as carparks or at supermarkets will continue to be emptied - view a list of recycling points .

If you are not able to store recyclate such as plastic bottles, cans, paper or cardboard items at your home (for example in a garden / shed / contained within the boundary of your home), in the current circumstances these should be placed in your household wheeled bin or Council supplied waste sacks for disposal.

What should I do with garden waste?

Garden waste may be put in your household wheeled bin or Council supplied refuse sacks. It will help to take pressure off Waste Services if you can compost garden waste such as grass cuttings, hedge trimmings and so on at home, if this is practical. Find out more about Home Composting

For grass cuttings, you can also consider "grass-cycling" to reduce the amount of garden waste you produced, by leaving grass cuttings on your lawn. Find out more about Grass-cycling

Where can I get advice on household waste collections?

Please visit COVID-Waste Collections for the latest details.

What should I do with asbestos?

If you have any small amounts of asbestos at your home which you need to dispose of, please phone 01387 750911 for advice.

Where should I dispose of commercial waste?

Commercial waste should be disposed of either through arranging a collection with the Council's commercial waste collection service or arrangements should be made with an appropriately licensed waste management company. If you need to set up a commercial waste collection with the Council, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 030 33 33 3000.

(Household Waste Recycling Centres are not licenced to accept commercial waste).


In general, if you are unsure what do to with household waste or household recycling which you would have otherwise taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre, please:

  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone 030 33 33 3000 for further advice.

Note on fly tipping

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or waste on land not meant for that purpose. Our Community Safety Team is responsible for dealing with reports of fly tipping. Our officers can issue a fixed penalty notice of £200 and can arrange for the rubbish to be removed. More serious offences can be prosecuted through the courts with fines of up to £40,000 and a prison sentence.