Blackburn Household Waste Recycling Centre
Location, opening times and recycling information for Blackburn Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Where we are
Blackburn Household Waste Recycling Centre is located at East Mains Street, EH47 7QU
Important Notice for Trade Waste customers using the Household Waste Recycling Centres.
What is changing?
From 1 April 2018 external trade, commercial or business waste will no longer be accepted at West Lothian Council's Household Waste Community Centres HWRCs).
The Scottish Government - who provide the council with 80% of its funding - has given the council a real terms decrease in core funding of £7.5 million for 2018/19. However, West Lothian's population is expected to increase by 10,000 over the next five years, increasing demand for council services such as schools and social care. This, combined with rising costs for services, means that the council's budget gap totals nearly £14 million for 2018/19 and £65 million over the next five years (2018/19 - 2022/23).
To allow West Lothian Council to balance its budget a number of changes to existing services are being made, including changes to what waste can be accepted and then disposed of at HWRCs.
West Lothian Council will stop accepting external trade, commercial or business waste at all HWRCs on 1st April 2018. HWRCs will only permit residents to dispose of their own household waste and recycling.
Where can traders and businesses dispose of their waste from 1 April?
All businesses and traders have a legal duty to dispose of their waste and recycling through a registered waste operator. Businesses and traders can dispose of their waste at these sites: Waste Management Sites [199kb]
Household Waste Recycling Centres will only permit residents to dispose of their own household waste and recycling at HWRCs.
Residential Exemption Permits
Residential Exemption Permits are now required for households that wish to bring household waste in liveried vehicles to Household Waste Recycling Centres. For more information please visit Residential Permits - Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC).
Customer Notice: All household waste recycling centres will be closed on 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January
|October to May||June to September|
Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Please note last entry is at 4.45pm
|Monday - Sunday 9am - 7pm|
Please note last entry is at 6.45pm
Information on taking items to your Household Waste Recycling Centre:
IMPORTANT NOTICE - For the safety of yourself and others at household waste recycling centres, bins and waste should not be tipped from the back of a vans. Bins should also not be taken up any stairs. This is to prevent users falling off vehicles, into skips or down the stairs.
For more information on Household Waste Recycling Centre rules, please see
Downloadable list of the materials accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres
Downloadable Household Waste Recycling Centre Guide
Household Waste Recycling centres accept a wide range of items, however in some cases there are certain restrictions. Please read the information below for details of what can be taken.
IMPORTANT NOTICE- Because of the dangers from asbestos if it is disturbed or broken, there are strict laws on transporting and disposing of asbestos. Householders cannot take it to West Lothian Household Waste Recycling Centres. A specialist contractor will be needed to remove, transport and dispose of asbestos. For more advice, please visit: Asbestos - West Lothian Council
|Batteries||Car batteries (from householders only), household batteries|
|Bikes||All pedal bikes|
|Cans||Aluminium and steel food and drink cans|
|Charity Textiles and Clothing||Clothes, paired Shoes, household textiles (sheets, towels, blankets, curtains), handbags and belts|
|Electrical and Electronic equipment|
Ask at the depot for all accepted small appliances
Hairdryers, irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles, tools (drills, electric saws etc), computer and telephone equipment, games consoles
|Fluorescent/energy saving tubes and bulbs||Take care not to break tubes. If the tube is broken please double-bag it|
Please place loose soil in separate skips provided
Flowers and plants, garden weeds, grass cuttings, hedge clippings, leaves and bark, small branches and twigs, cut flowers
|Gas bottles||Please take to storage cage and ask for assistance. Please note: Acetylene and commercial CO2 gas bottles are not accepted.|
|Glass bottles and jars||Separate glass banks for clear, green and brown glass|
|Large electrical appliances|
Ask at the depot for all accepted small appliances
Cookers, microwaves, washing machines and tumble driers, dishwashers, TV's and monitors, fridge/freezers. Only fridges and freezers that are empty can be accepted.
|Plastic bottles||We accept all clean empty plastic bottles|
|Paper and cardboard||Newspaper and magazines, brochures and catalogues, junk mail, telephone directories - including Yellow Pages, cardboard based food and drinks cartons, card food packaging, cereal boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, washing powder boxes|
|Rubble and bricks||Bricks, stone and slabs (no ceramics or tiles)|
|Scrap metal||All types of metal|
|Tyres||No longer accepted|
|Wood||Chipboard and hardboard, fencing, plywood, window frames (glass removed), solid wood doors, pallets, solid wood furniture, solid untreated wood and timber|