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Recycling - collection sites

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West Lothian Council provides a range of Community Recycling Centres throughout West Lothian where residents can take household items to be recycled or disposed of.

There are Community Recycling Centres at the following locations:

  • Blackburn, East Mains Street
  • Broxburn, Greendykes Industrial Estate
  • Linlithgow, Braehead Road
  • Livingston, Deans Cleansing Depot, Nairn Road
  • Livingston, Oakbank 
  • Whitburn, Dixon Terrace, Burnhouse Industrial Estate, Whitburn

There are also smaller recycling points throughout West Lothian. To find your nearest recycling centre or point, please click here (new window)

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday from 8am until 7.45pm (last entry at 7.45pm, with gates locked at 8pm) 
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 5.45pm (last entry 5.45pm, with gates locked at 6pm)

You can take the following items to all 6 Community Recycling Centres:

  • Bikes
  • Paper
  • Books/Music
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Car batteries
  • Rubble and bricks
  • Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Scrap metal
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment e.g. TV's, Hairdryers, Irons, Vacuum Cleaners etc
  • Food and Drinks Cartons
  • Engine Oil
  • Textiles
  • Garden Waste
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Glass
  • NEW Fluorescent/energy saving Tubes
  • NEW Batteries

Many of these sites allow traders to dispose of limited amounts of business waste, as long as they have relevant permits . If you are a trader, you will have to pre-purchase a permit from Operational Services, Deans Depot, Nairn Road, Deans Ind Estate, Livingston EH54 8AY. 

The Trade Waste permits costs £35.89 (including VAT) for each visit (disposing of waste up to 500kg). This facility to traders is offered at all sites throughout the working week but only at the Deans Depot at weekends. Vehicles are limited to 3.5 tonnes. gross vehicle weight.

Contacts Details:
Waste Services
Deans Depot,
Nairn Road,
Deans Industrial Estate,
EH54 8AY
Tel: 01506 280000

updated 07/08/13

Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens to the recyclable waste?

Waste from the brown bin is composted at West Lothian Recycling in Addiewell. The compost is used within the council for grounds maintenance or external forestry.Waste from the blue bin is sent to a local materials recycling facility. It is separated using a combination of automatic and manual methods before each separate material is baled and sent on for reprocessing into newspapers, and a variety of plastic and metal products.We aim to improve our service by expanding the range of materials we collect for recycling.

When are bottle banks emptied?

Bottle banks in West Lothian are emptied each week.

Who is responsible for the clothes bank?

The clothes banks are the property of the Salvation Army, but we would pass on any comments or problems regarding them.

Why do we need to recycle?

Scotland is producing increasing amounts of waste; the majority of this waste is buried in the ground in landfills. However, new Europeanlaw require the Countries who are part of the European Union to lower the amount of waste they send to landfill. When we landfill out waste we are throwing away valuable materials that could be used to make new products. Materials that breakdown in landfill sites contribute to climate change and can pollute surrounding land and rivers.