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.

From 01 April 2019 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.


Opening hours

Please note that both Kinneil Kerse and Roughmute will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Kinneil Kerse will close at 4pm on 24 and 31 December. Normal opening hours will continue on all other days.

Kinneil Kerse Recycling Centre Roughmute Recycling Centre
Day Opening times Day Opening times
Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday Closed Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Please note: Last entry to the site is 15 minutes before closing time.


What you can recycle at the recycling centres

  • Food and drinks cans
  • Plastic bottles and trays
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Large domestic plastics, such as garden furniture
  • Fridges and freezers
  • White goods, such as washing machines
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Books
  • Textiles, including shoes
  • Light bulbs
  • Tyres
  • Bicycles
  • Garden waste
  • Soil
  • Mineral oil
  • Mattresses
  • Carpets
  • Gas cylinders
  • Upholstered furniture and divan bed bases
  • Scrap metal
  • Wood
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Rubble
  • Plasterboard
  • Non-recyclable household waste

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.

Council compost

Compost is available for free to householders in the Falkirk Council area. You can collect your free compost from both our recycling centres.

The compost is made from the garden waste collected through the brown bin service, parks waste and the recycling centres. The compost meets the PAS 100 quality standard and is suitable for use as a soil improver.

Please bring your own bags and shovels as we cannot provide these.


Van access to recycling centres

From 01 April 2019 if you own or drive a commercial vehicle and this is your only mode of transport, for example a van, pickup or car with commercial livery, and use this to take your household waste to one of our recycling centres you will need a household waste permit.

Please note: This is different to Trade waste permits.

The household waste permit is a card that you can apply for at one of the recycling centres (from 01 April 2019). It will have your information recorded on one side, with a unique reference number allocated to you. The card will be stamped at one of the recycling centres each time you visit.

There is no charge for these permits, providing your waste has not originated from a business, these permits are solely for your own household waste.

The household waste permits can be used at any of our 2 recycling centres.

There is a restriction of 10 visits per financial year. The quota of 10 applies to the whole household, not each individual.

Household waste permits

When will the changes take effect?

1st April 2019

What is a household waste permit?

The household waste permit will be a card that you can apply for at one of the recycling centres. It will have your information recorded on one side, with a unique reference number allocated to you. The card will be stamped at the recycling centre each time you visit.

You will be allocated 10 site visits per financial year (01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020).

How do I apply for a household waste permit?

These are issued to you at our recycling centres from 01 April 2019.

How quickly can I get a household waste permit?

Almost as soon as you have submitted your personal information and vehicle details, which are recorded on your household waste permit card.

How many household waste permits can I apply for?

Ten household waste permits are allocated for each household every year. You do not need to apply each time you require a household waste permit, as you will be issued with a card allocating 10 site visits.

It is up to you when you use your permits, but when you have used your quota of 10, you will not be allowed to apply for any more until 01 April 2020.

However, additional household waste permits can be requested in extreme circumstances and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Can other people in my house also get household waste permits?

The quota of 10 applies to the whole household, not each individual.

How long do I have to use the household waste permit before it expires?

Household waste permits will expire on 31 March 2020. At the start of the next financial year (01 April 2020), your quota of 10 is renewed again.

Unused household waste permits from previous years do not roll over.

Can I use all my household waste permits up at once?

Yes, but when you have used your allowance of 10 household waste permits, you will need to wait until 01 April 2020 the following year until your allocation is renewed.

I am applying for a household waste 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 as your own, the household waste permit will be taken from your quota. You may be asked to sign a declaration when you arrive at the recycling centre to declare that it is not waste that has been produced by a business. Where possible the person who the waste belongs to should be present in the vehicle at the recycling site.

Can I apply for a household waste permit on behalf of someone I am paying to conduct work on my behalf eg builder, plumber, gardener?

Yes. However, you will need to apply for a recycling or non-recycling small trader tipping permit (there is a charge for this). Waste that has been produced in connection with a business is deemed commercial waste and can be accepted subject to conditions. You may need to complete a legal disclaimer on site.

I am hiring a van, can I apply for a household waste permit without the vehicle details?

No. You need to input the vehicle registration number. But as you can obtain household waste permits instantly on site, you can apply for the permit when you have collected the hire vehicle. However, this will come off your quota.

I am borrowing a vehicle from someone, do I apply using their name and address?

No, if the waste is your own waste then the household waste permit needs to be in your name and address. You can just enter the registration number of the vehicle you will be using.

What happens if I need to change any details on the household waste permit such as my address?

If you need to change any details on your household waste permit including waste items, please email wasteservices@falkirk.gov.uk with your details and reasons for the request.

How do I use my permit?

Your household waste permit will be checked, and then stamped on site by one of our staff.

Do I need to take the household waste permit to the recycling centre with me?

Yes. The household waste permit must be produced before entry can be authorised. Your household waste permit will be stamped with every visit to a maximum of 10.

Can I use my household waste permit at any Falkirk Council recycling centre?

Yes, if it is a permit for household waste your permit will be valid to use at any or our recycling centres. At the time of application, you will be asked which site you prefer to go to, but you will still be able to use your household waste permit at another site.

What happens if my household waste permit is lost or damaged?

There will be a procedure in place to deal with these situations so that you will still be able to deposit your waste. The site operative will retain your household waste permit or take a note of your permit reference number so that another permit can be issued.

Can I take whatever waste I want to the recycling centre now without it being approved by someone at the council?

Our system will alert us if multiple household waste 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 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.

How can you tell if my household waste permit is valid?

Providing you have space for additional stamps, your permit will be valid.

What if I drive a car, will I still need a household waste permit?

No. Unless its from a commercial source.

What if I drive a car with a trailer, will I still need a household waste permit?

No. Unless its from a commercial source.