Household waste and recycling centres
Our centres let you safely dispose of waste and recycling materials that are too big for your kerbside bins. Centres are for Stirling Council residents only. We don't accept commercial waste.
Locations and opening times
Enter off the A875, Buchanan Street and Dunkeld Court junction.
You need to book a timeslot before you can visit the Balfron centre.
Monday to Friday
|Polmaise||Lower Polmaise Waste Management Centre
|Monday to Sunday
Open 8.30am, last entry 6:10pm
Geisher Road, Callander.
Enter off the A84 Stirling Road and Geisher Road junction.
Monday to Friday
Our centres are open on all public holidays apart from:
- 25 and 26 December
- 1 and 2 January
Using the centres
For safety, traffic control measures are in place at our centres. Please comply with any signage. Site attendants can guide you to the appropriate area of the centre.
Household waste only
We are unable to accept commercial waste. Drivers of commercial vehicles can bring household waste from their own homes. Verification checks are in place.
We might ask you for proof of address on entry. Acceptable forms include a driver's licence or other photographic ID, plus a recent document that shows your address.
All vehicle types up to 7.5 tonnes can use the centres. Vehicles must be able to unload safely and must only carry household waste from the driver's or passenger's own property.
Children and pets
Make sure children under age 12 and pets remain in your vehicle when you visit a centre.
What types of waste can I bring?
We can accept the types of waste listed below. If you bring waste that is not covered by our site licence, we’ll need to turn you away.
You can make your visit quicker by separating materials in advance.
There are skips for specific types of waste. If you’re not sure which skip to use, ask our staff for help. There may also be restrictions at some sites.
Waste we can accept
Small household batteries only.
Cans and cartons
We can accept food and drink cartons, including Tetra Paks.
Make sure you flatten any cardboard boxes and remove all contents.
You can bring large and small appliances, including:
- washing machines
Fridges and freezers
We can only take domestic units. These should be empty and clean.
We can accept:
- American-style units
- small, domestic, wine and beer fridges with glass-fronted doors
We cannot accept:
- chest or deep freezers
- gas and ammonia units
We can accept general garden waste like:
- grass cuttings
- small branches
If you bring any soil, stones or rubble, you must put this in the soil and rubble skip rather than the garden waste skip.
Any large branches that are bigger than 1 metre by 1 metre must go in the general waste skip.
UK units only.
You can usually return LPG gas bottles to the supplier.
Glass bottles and jars
Lawnmowers and strimmers
Petrol units must not contain any fuel.
We can accept different types of bulb, including:
- energy-saving bulbs
- fluorescent tubes
We can only take household paint that's been hardened.
If you need to harden your paint, you can:
- buy paint hardener from a DIY store
- use sawdust or sand
Plastic bottles and containers
You can bring different types of plastic container, including:
- high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
- polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Please make sure these are clean.
Soil, rubble, stones and earth
You must put this in the soil and rubble skip, which is a half-height open skip.
If you're not sure where this is, ask our staff for help.
We can take clothing and linen that's in good condition.
We cannot take pillows or duvets.
You must put this in the general waste skip.
TVs and monitors
You can drop off many different types of walking aid, and NHS Forth Valley will refurbish and reuse these wherever possible.
To find out what you can recycle, visit the NHS Forth Valley site.
Wood, timber and MDF
We can accept items as long as they are made entirely of wood.
General, non-recyclable waste
We can take many other non-recyclable items, including:
- black sacks
- lounge suites
Waste we cannot accept
We cannot accept any material that could contain asbestos. This includes:
- corrugated roofing
- concrete-based panels
Liquids and chemicals
Apart from engine oil and hardened household paint, we cannot accept any:
Re-use containers at Lower Polmaise
Transition Stirling is a Stirling-based environmental charity that finds a new home for quality items that can be re-used. They have two containers at Lower Polmaise household waste recycling centre. Items placed in these containers must be in working order, or be capable of being repaired. We can’t accept:
- broken glass
- soft furnishings that don’t have a fire safety notice
- electrical or other items that can’t be repaired
- items in black bags
Visit the Transition Stirling website
Re-use items you can put in these containers
- IT equipment, printers
- books, DVDs, CDs and records
- stereos, radios, record players and speakers
- CD, DVD and Blu-ray players
- kettles, toasters, food mixers and other small kitchen electricals
- pots and pans, kitchenware
- ornaments and bric-a-brac
- power tools, hand tools and DIY items
- gardening tools and equipment
- craft and sewing items
- furniture items with a fire safety label where applicable
- sewing machines
- musical instruments and sports equipment
- pictures, frames and mirrors – but no broken glass
- vintage items
- seasonal decorations, such as Christmas lights
- board games – new and vintage
If you need to dispose of bulky items, we recommend you bring another person with you. Our site assistants are unable to help you carry items from your vehicle. If you’re bringing items in a container, make sure you can handle it on your own, or with help from a passenger. To help us manage visitor numbers we ask that no more than two people are outside of your vehicle at any time.
Our Household Waste and Recycling Centres are licensed for household waste only. We do not accept commercial waste.
We do accept commercial waste customers at our Polmaise Depot weighbridge. This is a chargeable service for registered account holders.
More about commercial waste services.