The Recycling initiative started with the creation of a Community Recycling Centre at Urgha on the road out towards Scalpay.
The centre has been developed in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and perhaps can best be described as a satellite of the main Creed Integrated Waste Management Centre outside Stornoway. We accept all bulky domestic waste which means that waste arising from commercial activity i.e trade-waste like windows, bathrooms and kitchens, is rejected.
Waste is gathered and segregated on site to reduce the volume of waste going to land-fill.
This development provides:
employment for 1.5FTE operatives
a reliable location with empty skip capacity
regular opening hours
assistance and advice
a base from which to expand into further recycling activities
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 10-4pm
Wednesday - 10-4pm
Thursday - 10-4pm
Friday - 10-4pm
Saturday - 10-1pm
Sunday - Closed
Any short-term closures due to the unavailability of skips will be advertised via our Facebook page. Please note that opening will vary over the Christmas period.
Telephone: 01859 502314
Address: North Harris Community Recycling Site, Urgha, Isle of Harris HS3 3BW
The centre opened for business on Monday 8th June 2009 and has seen the number of visits gradually pick up. Since then improvements have been made including installing mains electricity in October 2009. In Autumn 2011, we invested in a portacabin for the site. We now have somewhere warm and light for the short winter days. In Autumn 2012 we purchased a portaloo and connected it up to water and a new sewage tank.
We now have a number of skips on site. These typically include ELECTRICAL and GENERAL waste. In addition we are diverting lounge furniture, paint and oil from landfill. In 2015 we segregated 48 skips or 101 tons of recyclable waste, leaving 65 of 153t to continue to landfill. There are also bottle and co-mingled (plastic & paper) bins located outside the gates. This gives 7 day access for deposits of bottles, cans, plastics and newspaper.
A clothing and textile bank is also in place. This is provided as part of a project run by the Bethesda Hospice. The bank takes all sorts of textiles -not just clothing. Curtains, shoes, tablecloths and bedding are all acceptable -but please ensure items are bagged. Despite the designer’s best efforts, the textile banks are not 100% Harris-rain-proof !
The Urgha site has hosted a number of Community Jobs Scotland placements since it opened. The scheme takes young people leaving school with no job to go to, or young unemployed people and places them in the workplace. On 6 month placements, the young people learn about the domestic waste process and gain experience dealing with the public.
In 2017, due to pressing demand, we installed a Chemical Disposal Point (CDP) for campervans. The dump point was prompted by the increasing number of campervans arriving each summer and the closure of the only public dump point in Leverburgh. With some financial assistance from CnES, the CDP has been installed at the rear of the site. It has since been upgraded to allow 24hr access. It operates with a coin meter accepting £1 coins for the £3 charge. This contributes to the annual charge for emptying the septic tank. Please note that as the CDP is connected to a Septic Tank – not mains sewerage – we only accept green “eco” chemicals.