Recycling centres are ready for summer

With summer fast approaching, more people will be out in their gardens and tackling projects in the home, and the Council’s recycling centres are all geared up ready for the additional materials this will bring.

Last September, the Council introduced an appointment booking system for vans, liveried cars and any vehicle towing a trailer dropping off waste at recycling centres. The system was introduced to help speed up the process of disposing waste and to improve health and safety on the site.

Bookings, including same day bookings, are available 7 days a week, and should be made whenever possible through the Council’s website – – simply find a time and day to fit your needs, fill in a few basic details and click and confirm your appointment.

Appointments can also be made by telephone. Customers making a booking are required to state which materials are to be disposed of. This allows site staff to prepare for the appointment time and means customers can dispose of their waste quickly, avoiding lengthy queues into the recycling centres. Customers collecting compost with a van or car with trailer are also required to make an appointment.

Over 7000 appointments have been made since the appointment system was introduced last year and the Council is expecting this number to rise significantly over the summer months.

Councillor Jim Buchanan, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration said: “The appointment system is working well at our recycling centres; it has reduced the lengthy queues which customers encountered in the past and has made the site much safer for both customers and staff. We’ve also introduced summer late night opening on Mondays and Thursdays at Western Road to improve site access for local residents.

“East Ayrshire is also one of the few remaining councils in Scotland to offer customers a free bulky waste collections service for the disposal of larger household items. Households can request up to five bulky uplifts per year and appointments can be made via the website or by phone.

“Additionally, furniture recycling schemes can uplift unwanted furniture and household items for free – donating in this way ensures that others benefit and waste sent to landfill is minimised.”

East Ayrshire’s businesses can also dispose of recyclate at the Western Road recycling centre in Kilmarnock, through the purchase of a commercial recycling permit. However, commercial and trade waste is not accepted at either Western Road or Garlaff. Further information regarding the appointment system for commercial type vehicles or Recycling Permits for commercial business use is available on the Council’s website.

For more information, please contact Waste Management Services on 01563 554033 or email

Recycling centre summer opening hours:
Western Road
Weekdays – except Monday & Thursday 8.00am – 3.50pm
Monday & Thursday 8.00am – 6.50pm
Saturday & Sunday 8.00am – 3.50pm

Weekdays – Monday – Thursday 8.00am – 4.30pm
Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday & Sunday (from 14 June 2014) 8.00am – 3.50pm

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