Household waste recycling centres

We are currently unable to recycle hard plastic items. No local companies are able to take these for recycling at this time due to global market conditions. Please put hard plastic items in the general waste skip.

If you have a mattress or sofa to dispose of, please take it to Stobhill. We cannot accept these at Penicuik at the moment.

You can recycle and dispose of a wide range of materials at our 2 household waste recycling centres.

We only accept waste from households in Midlothian, so staff may ask for proof of identity and residency, such as a driving licence, council tax or utility bill.

Accepted waste

  • Garden waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Wood
  • Laminate
  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • Cardboard
  • Cooking oil (Stobhill only. Can also be recycled at Sainsbury's, Straiton)
  • Engine oil
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Gas cylinders (Stobhill only)
  • Textiles
  • Mixed plastics
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Books/CDs/DVDs
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Food and drink cans
  • Paper
  • Non-recyclable material
  • Rubble (Rubble is classified as Construction and Demolition Waste. You can only bring up to 4 bags of rubble on each visit. If you have large amounts or rubble or hardcore, you should hire a skip.)

Site rules

  • Please follow all instructions from site staff.
  • We do not tolerate harassment of site staff.
  • Observe all speed limits and traffic signs.
  • Children and animals must stay in vehicles at all times.
  • Separate your waste for recycling before visiting the site.
  • Materials deposited at this site cannot be removed.
  • You must let us know in advance before bringing waste in a van, pick-up vehicle or large trailer.
  • Caravans, campervans, mini-buses, horse boxes and motorhomes are not allowed on site.
  • There is no pedestrian access to the recycling centres.
  • All vehicles over 2 tonnes cannot use Penicuik HWRC, and should use Stobhill HWRC instead.

Make a van booking appointment

Commercial / trade waste

Our recycling centres are there for you to deposit your own waste. Commercial businesses and traders are not allowed to use the recycling centres to dispose of trade waste.