Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Things to be aware of as you prepare to visit:
- The direct access roads to both sites must be kept clear at all times - this allows other road traffic, which may include emergency vehicles and public transport services to flow uninterrupted.
- Our traffic management, as agreed with Police Scotland, does not allow vehicles to perform a right turn into either site - traffic information and diversion signs are in place on access routes to both sites.
- You may be asked to consider visiting at a later time or date.
- When necessary you will be asked to keep moving, with no queuing permitted beyond points being managed by site staff, and follow the diversion (a loop is in place should you wish to reattempt access).
- When sites are busy, this may mean that you are moved on and the vehicle behind you is allowed access, this being possible as a vehicle has subsequently left the site.
- Site staff will advise/determine when last vehicles for each day can join (off direct access road) queue.
- Be aware that sites remain busy, a limited number of vehicles are allowed on site at any time, and only visit a site if you can't safely store waste at home.
- Be patient and courteous with site staff, and each other. We do not tolerate rude or aggressive behaviour, threats or violence towards our staff.
For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), see www.falkirk.gov.uk/covid19.
Vans, pick-up trucks and commercial vehicles
From 01 April 2021 if you drive a van, pick up truck or other commercial vehicle, and intend using the recycling centres to dispose of your own household waste, you need to obtain a household waste e-permit.
There are 2 recycling centres in the Falkirk Council area:
Both sites accept a wide range of materials to help you recycle more of your household waste. By using our recycling facilities you are helping us reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
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Last entry to both sites will be 5:45pm.
Staff will be on site to guide you to the correct bays and ensure everyone remains safe.
- To access one of our sites you will need to provide proof of address, please bring a utility bill or similar with you – to enable viewing through your windscreen, please display this on your vehicle dashboard
- Where possible only one person per vehicle should access the site
- A limited number of vehicles will be allowed access at one time
- Social distancing measures must be followed at all times
- While queuing, remain in your vehicle at all times
- Be patient and courteous with site staff, and each other. We do not tolerate rude or aggressive behaviour, threats or violence towards our staff
- Follow the signs on site to the correct bays
Drivers of vans/pickups or other commercial type vehicles are not permitted to deposit household waste at the recycling centres without a household waste permit being issued.
To make it easier for you to recycle as much as possible, separate containers are provided at each site to help you segregate your waste into the different recyclable types.
Please sort your waste for reuse, recycling and composting before you visit the recycling centre.
If you are unsure which container to use, one of the site attendants will be happy to help you.
The maximum vehicle size permitted at each site is gross 3.5 tonnes.
What you can recycle at the recycling centres
- Food and drinks cans
- Plastic bottles and trays
- Glass bottles and jars
- Large domestic plastics, such as garden furniture
- Fridges and freezers
- White goods, such as washing machines
- Small electrical appliances
- Textiles, including shoes
- Light bulbs
- Garden waste
- Mineral oil
- Gas cylinders
- Upholstered furniture and divan bed bases
- Scrap metal
- Vehicle batteries
- Household batteries
- Non-recyclable household waste
Walking Aid Recycling
In partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Falkirk residents can now return walking aids for reuse and recycling to Kinneil Kerse and Roughmute Recycling Centre's. The equipment collected will be refurbished and used again if it is in good condition.
What walking aids can be reused and recycled?
- Fischer stick
- Elbow crutches
- Metal walking sticks / quads sticks / tripods
- Zimmer frames
- 3 wheeled walkers / 4 wheeled walkers / pulpit frames
- Wooden walking sticks / folding walking sticks
- Auxiliary crutches
If the material you need to dispose of is not listed above, please speak to a member of staff at the recycling centre or contact us on 01324 506070.
Black bag waste
Please make sure black bags do not contain material which could be recycled through the kerbside recycling service or one of the recycling containers at the recycling centre. Only waste that cannot be recycled can go in the non-recyclable waste container. You can also take black bags to the Resource Hub (at the recycling centre) where a member of staff can help you.
We're currently unable to provide free compost.
Vans, pick-up trucks and commercial vehicle access
If you drive a van, pick up truck or other commercial vehicle, and intend using the recycling centres to dispose of your own household waste, you need to obtain a household waste e-permit.
There is no charge for household waste e-permits, and an e-permit is required for each visit.
There is a restriction of 10 visits per financial year (April to March). The quota of 10 applies to the whole household, not an individual.
You are not allowed to avoid the e-permit scheme by parking outside the site and carrying the waste in as a pedestrian, due to the risk to your safety. You cannot use a household waste e-permit with a vehicle which is banned from the site such as agricultural vehicles, vehicles greater than 3.5 tonnes, horse wagons, very large vans/lorries and similar.
Please note: This is different to Trade waste permits. Disposal of waste generated by tradespersons or from commercial premises is not accepted with a household waste e-permit.
How to apply
The household waste e-permits can be used at either of our 2 recycling centres, but at the time of request, the site to be used must be specified.
You will receive your e-permit electronically at the time of application.
If you visit a recycling centre without an e-permit, please be aware that there will be a delay in an e-permit being issued.
Household waste e-permit FAQs
When did the change take effect?
While household permits have been in place for some time, from 01 April 2021, the household waste e-permit is being introduced.
What is a household waste e-permit?
The household waste e-permit scheme is a way for residents who want to use 'commercial type vehicles' to access the recycling centres to dispose of their own waste.
You will need a household waste e-permit if you are a driver of any commercial vehicle for example a liveried van or car. Each household waste e-permit issued will contain your information and a unique reference number allocated to you.
For each site visit you are required to apply for a household waste e-permit.
You can request a maximum of 10 site visits per financial year (April to March).
How do I apply for a household waste e-permit?
From 1 April 2021 you need to apply for a household waste e-permit in advance of your visit to the recycling centre. You will receive your household waste e-permit at the time of application and will receive it electronically to a smart device, such as a mobile phone. However, if you visit the recycling centre, without a household waste e-permit, be aware there will be a delay in the e-permit being issued. Each e-permit details the recycling centre you will visit.
How quickly can I get a household waste e-permit?
From 1 April 2021 you will need to apply for a household waste e-permit in advance of your visit to the recycling centre. You will receive your e-permit at the time of application and will receive it electronically to a smart device, such as a mobile phone. However, if you visit the recycling centre, be aware, there will be a delay in an e-permit being issued. Each e-permit details the recycling centre you will visit.
How many household waste e-permits can I apply for?
10 household waste e-permits are allocated for each household each financial year (April to March). Each time you are looking to visit the recycling centre, you need to apply for a household waste e-permit.
It is up to you when you use your household waste e-permits, but when you have used your quota of 10, you will not be allowed to apply for any more until the following financial year (April to March).
How can I get rid of my waste if I can't have an e-permit?
If you have used up your allowance of 10 visits per financial year (April to March), there are various options available to you.
Other options (charges may apply):
Can other people in my house also get household waste e-permits?
The quota of 10 applies to the whole household, not an individual.
Can I use all my household waste e-permits up at once?
Yes, but when you have used your allowance of 10 household waste e-permits, you will need to wait until the following financial year (April to March) until your allowable allocation is renewed.
I am applying for a household waste e-permit on behalf of someone else. Do I complete the application in my name and address or theirs?
You will complete the name and address where the waste is originating from. The person who the waste belongs to should be present in the vehicle at the recycling site and have available photo ID and proof of address.
Can I apply for a household waste e-permit on behalf of someone I am paying to conduct work on my behalf eg builder, plumber, gardener?
No. Waste that has been produced in connection with a business is classed as commercial waste.
I am hiring a van, can I apply for a household waste e-permit without the vehicle details?
No. You need to input the vehicle registration number. You can obtain household waste e-permits instantly, with the permit being produced electronically to a smart device such as a mobile phone, via My Falkirk once you have collected the hire vehicle and know the vehicle registration.
How do I use my household waste e-permit?
Your household waste e-permit will be issued electronically to a smart device such as a mobile phone. When you visit the recycling centre, site staff will validate your household waste e-permit with a QR scanner.
Please ensure you follow COVID-19 restrictions and place your smart device against your car window for the site staff to scan your household waste e-permit.
Do I need to take the household waste e-permit to the recycling centre with me?
Yes. You won't be granted access to the recycling centre without your household waste e-permit. The household waste e-permit must be produced before entry can be authorised.
Can I use my household waste e-permit at any Falkirk Council recycling centre?
No – it is unique to the site you are visiting. At the time of application, you will be asked which site you prefer to go to and this will appear on household waste e-permit.
Can I take whatever waste I want to the recycling centre now without it being approved by someone at the council?
We reserve the right to deny access, for example if you have incorrect personal information or suspected commercial trader.
Our system will alert us if multiple household waste e-permit applications are requested and items of the same waste type are regularly taken to our recycling centres. This allows us to monitor, query and reject applications if deemed necessary.
Site operatives may also reject your household waste e-permit at site if they are not satisfied the waste is from your own household or that you have provided incorrect information. It is important to check all details on your application are correct and that you have read the recycling centre guidance.
What if I drive a car, or a car with a trailer, will I still need a household waste permit?
No, unless it's from a commercial source. If the car or trailer has commercial livery on it you will need to apply for a household waste e-permit.