Responsible Waste Disposal

Aberdeenshire has, unlike many local Councils, kept a full collection system for waste and recycling for each household.  But it did shut the HWRC (Household Waste Recycling Centres). For any questions about what to do, the Council have issued guidance and are asking people to sign up for their app on your smart phone.  Its there to make our lives easier.

“Information on changes to waste services is available on

More advice and updates are also available on the Council service Facebook page and residents are also encouraged to sign up to bin notifications on the myAberdeenshire mobile app.”

More info :

Council advises residents to dispose of waste responsibly during Covid-19 lockdown

With recycling centres and seasonal garden waste collection points suspended due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), Aberdeenshire Council is asking residents to follow Government guidance and manage their waste responsibly during this difficult time.

Unfortunately, it was necessary to close recycling centres on March 24th in line with Scottish Government’s advice. The sites were closed for the following reasons:

  • To discourage non-essential travel – we should only go out for food, health reasons and work (if home-working is not possible)

  • To focus resources on household waste collections, as service disruptions are expected as a result of Council staff illnesses

Trips to recycling centres are not considered essential travel based on government guidelines, so in the interest of public health and safety sites will not re-open until it is safe to do so.

With many of us now in lockdown at home, some households may be producing more waste than usual and the closure of recycling centres is making that more of a challenge than normal.

Residents should not be tempted to burn their waste or resort to fly-tipping. Residents and businesses should also be wary of unsolicited approaches from anybody offering to dispose of waste for a fee without checking the service is being provided by a licensed trader. This includes offers made on social media.

The Council is unable to collect loose bags and rubbish alongside household bins. All waste must be contained within bins, as handling bags and loose materials poses a direct health risk to bin crews.

If you’re struggling to cope with the amount of waste in your bins, below are some tips for maximising space:

  • Recycle as much as you can. Materials that are accepted in your household recycling bin include: Paper, card and cardboard; plastics (i.e. bottles, pots, tubs and trays); metals (i.e. tins, cans, aerosols and foil); and cartons (i.e. food and drink tetra-paks).

  • Take advantage of your food caddy for all food waste. This includes tea bags and coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings, out-of-date food (i.e. meat and fish), plate scrapings and leftovers, etc.

  • Compress your rubbish bags before putting them in your refuse bin. But please don’t be tempted to stand in your bins, as they’re tapered and your bags might get stuck and not empty into the lorry.

  • Break down recyclable goods (i.e. cereal boxes) and squish air out of bottles and plastic containers (i.e. milk cartons and juice bottles). You can also stack plastic pots or slot items inside each other to create extra space.

  • Avoid buying non-essential items or materials with excessive packaging, where possible.

  • If you’re making online purchases, any resulting boxes, bubble wrap or plastic wrapping can be safely stored out of your bins until the lockdown is lifted.

  • Glass bins are still being emptied, so take your glass with you to the supermarket when you go for your shop.

  • Think twice before starting a clear-out, as you may have to hold on to the waste until recycling centres reopen.

Ros Baxter, Waste Manager at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “As the weather gets nicer, many residents are beginning to garden and tidy up their outdoor space.

The most environmentally friendly option for managing garden waste is home composting – garden waste can even be composted in a heap, or in a compost bin if you already have one. There is plenty of information available online for composting at home and building your own compost bin.

If you only produce grass cuttings, try mixing them with an equal amount of shredded cardboard. They can also be used for mulching flower beds and nourishing the soil beneath hedges and bushes.

We also ask residents to refrain from burning garden waste. Garden bonfires are detrimental to local air quality, may impact your health and that of your neighbours, along with adversely affecting neighbours with smoke and odour.”

Philip McKay, Head of Roads, Landscape, and Waste Services, added: “We understand many householders rely on our services, including the recycling centres, but these temporary changes have been necessary to protect the core kerbside collections. Please know we are doing our best to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on communities, but unfortunately there will need to be compromises until the restrictions are lifted.

I commend all the hardworking waste staff for their dedication and flexibility. I would also like to thank members of the public for their support, patience and cooperation during this difficult time.”

For a complete list of materials that are accepted in your household recycling bin:

For information and advice on home-composting:

For ideas on how to build a home compost bin by reusing materials:

For more information on changes to recycling and waste services during the Covid-19 outbreak, please see

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Due to the evolving Coronavirus situation, Haddo Medical Group are taking proactive steps to minimise the exposure risk to all of our patients and staff. In line with this, we are actively trying to minimise footfall into the practice during this time.



• All requests for appointments will be triaged.
• Reception staff will continue to take details and you will be contacted by a clinician.
• If you require an appointment, please contact the surgery by telephone.
• More appointments will be dealt with over the telephone.

Please do not attend the surgery unless you have been advised to by a clinician.

If you have been advised to attend by a clinician, please do not be alarmed if they are wearing personal protective equipment.
If you develop new symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus infection please telephone the surgery for further advice prior to attending.

Pre-booked Appointments

• If you already have a pre-booked appointment, you may be contacted to change this to a telephone appointment.
• If you are not contacted, please attend the surgery as normal.

Contacting Patients
• We might not have been able to contact you as for some patients we do not have an up to date number.
• Please ensure we have an up to date telephone number and where possible email address.

Prescription Requests
• You can still request prescriptions via the online service.
• To reduce your need to come to the Surgery, you can hand your prescription request directly to Tarves Pharmacy.
• Please indicate which pharmacy you would like your prescription to be sent to for collection.

• Where possible, do not take your prescription request to the surgery.

Attending the Surgery
• Unless you specifically need a carer with you, please attend the surgery alone.

As per current government instructions, if you develop a new / or continuous cough- with or without a fever, please stay at home for 14 days from the start of your symptoms even if they are mild.

At present, GP practices have no ability to test for Coronavirus. Information about most medical conditions, including Coronavirus, can be found online at NHS inform

Many of us will likely only experience mild symptoms, however it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. We are aware that this is a very difficult time and appreciate your patience and understanding as this situation evolves.

Please note that these are unprecedented times and we ask that all patients remain calm while all NHS Services are

put under additional strain.

Viv Tanner
Practice Manager
Haddo Medical Group


The Tarves Community Plan is now published.  This informs Aberdeenshire Council and its Community Planning Partners such as the NHS, Police Scotland, Scottish government agencies about what the Community of Tarves thinks about its community and needs.

Please click on the link to download a copy.

Please contact Tarves Community Council or Tarves Development Trust who have co-sponsored the document with thanks to Aberdeenshire Council and the Formartine Partnership for the help in production.


Stagecoach Bus Proposed Changes April 2020

Stagecoach Bus Proposed Changes April 2020

Stagecoach Bluebird is inviting customers to give feedback on proposed changes to timetables. Feedback is welcomed until Sunday 16th February and can be submitted via email or at one of the events listed below.

Only change appearing to affect Methlick directly is to the 291

Service 291 Aberdeen – Methlick – Fyvie The first trip from Methlick to Aberdeen has been revised to improve punctuality and improve connection times with other services in Aberdeen. The journey will now depart Methlick at 06:18Hrs. To accommodate this, the first trip to Methlick will depart Aberdeen at 05:10Hrs.

Consultation Events

Monday 10th February –

0700 – 1000 – Peterhead Interchange
1600 – 1800 – Fraserburgh Bus Station

Tuesday 11th February –

1600 – 1900 – Aberdeen bus station

Wednesday 12th February –

0700 – 1000 – Fraserburgh Bus Station
1600 – 1800 – Peterhead Interchange

Thursday 13th February –

0630 – 0900 – Ellon Park & Ride
1300 – 1500 – Chapelton Cabin

Friday 14th February –

1600 – 1900 – Aberdeen Bus Station

Full details of the proposed changes to services operated by Stagecoach Bluebird can be downloaded using the below links. 

Buchan Guide
Stonehaven Guide 
Inverurie  Guide
Service 10
Service 34
Service 35
Alford Kemnay
Deeside, see also the Banchory Map
Westhill Guide, see also the Westhill Map
Service 59 . Deadline for feedback is 16th February 2020. 

Full details can also be found online here –

FW: For Information: Road Closure – C31C Bronie Bridge 17-21/02/2020

Good morning,

Please be advised that C31c at Bronie Bridge will be subject to a closure from 17 February 2020 for 5 days, for bridge repairs.
A signed diversion will be via C31C, A947, A920 and vice versa.
Please see link to map below. < ing> &usp=sharing

Lianne Robinson
Technical Assistant
Aberdeenshire Council
Infrastructure Services – Roads

Work Pattern – Mon, Tues & Weds

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Review of Local Fire and Rescue Plans

Following publication of the < 1.0.pdf> Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Strategic Plan 2019-22 in October 2019, we will be reviewing and revising our <> Local Fire and Rescue Plans over the next few months. This is to ensure our local priorities align to our new strategic ambitions as well as remain relevant to local risk.

Your views are an important part of this review, and I wish to invite you to participate in a short survey. The survey is available online on the < nd-rescue-plan-review-2020> SFRS Consultation Hub and will be open until 18 March 2020.

I would appreciate it if you could share with with any groups you may be involved with.

If you wish to discuss this further or wish to discuss any other fire and rescue service matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards


Paul Berrisford,Station Commander- North Service Delivery,Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Aberdeen .
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