Following the tremendous success of the online booking system for its HRCs, Aberdeenshire Council is now moving through the phases of its return to ‘normal’ services.

With the process working so well, the twice-weekly trips for cars, pick-ups and car-derived vans carrying bagged general waste and garden waste have been introduced to further increase household access to an HRC.

Meanwhile, from Wednesday, June 10 cardboard and glass will be accepted and from Monday, June 15 this will be extended to all usual waste materials – including mixed recycling, bulky items, oils, wood and metal. From June 15 we no longer require waste to be bagged.

However, please note that we cannot accept textiles at Inverurie, Huntly, Ellon and Westhill recycling centres at this stage as our contractor is unable to collect from these locations at present. These services will be reintroduced as soon as possible.

Residents will no longer be assigned to a bay, but are instead requested to take their materials into the correct skips while maintaining physical-distancing. The number of people visiting a centre at the same time has been limited to make sure this is possible.

From June 22, booking slots will be available for vans and trailers to access the centres. Residents should ensure they make a booking specifically for a van or trailer as they require more space than other vehicles.

Our Reuse containers at selected Household Recycling Centres remain closed at this time.

You can make your booking at

For those who do not have access to a computer, telephone booking can be made by calling Aberdeenshire Council’s Wasteline on 03456 081207.

The rules on physical-distancing remain and only one adult should unload a vehicle unless two adults are needed for heavy items.

Staff will be unable to assist with any unloading and there will be no pedestrian access and no children will be permitted outside vehicles.

The decision to re-open some of the facilities has been taken in accordance with Government guidelines and is based on measures being put in place to protect both visitors and staff and the agreement of traffic management plans.

The Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) now in operation are Peterhead, Macduff, Fraserburgh, Ellon, Inverurie, Huntly, Turriff, Westhill, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Portlethen and Redcloak at Stonehaven. Meanwhile, planning for the reopening of the smaller facilities at Insch and Portsoy continues.

Council waste manager Ros Baxter said: “Thanks to the new arrangements and the tremendous help and support of both residents and our staff, phase one of the reopening schedule has been an outstanding success.

“As we stressed from the start, that patience and understanding within our communities has enabled us to progress through the phases of reopening far quicker than planned, and allowed us to significantly increase the type of materials being accepted and the introduction of vans and trailers to our facilities.

“However, I would remind residents that the booking system is likely to remain in place as long as physical-distancing is required to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

Aberdeenshire Council has also reintroduced its seasonal garden waste points for the summer. They reopened on Saturday, June 6 with some new locations and opening times being introduced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

These sites are only to be used for grass clippings and small trimmings – not for larger trees and bushes which take up too much space. From June 15, such items can be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres.

The seasonal garden waste recycling points operate on Saturdays from June 6 to October 31 at:
Aboyne: Station Square car park, 8am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 3pm from June 6-27 and 12pm to 3pm from July 4 onwards
Alford: Transport Museum car park, 8am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 3pm
Ballater: Roads Depot, South Deeside Road, 8am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 3pm from June 6 to 27 and 8am to 11am from July 4 onwards
Balmedie: Leisure Centre car park, Eigie Road 1pm to 4pm
Blackburn: School car park, Fintray Road, 8am to 11am
Inverbervie: Beach Front Car Park, off Kirkburn, 12pm to 3pm
Kemnay: Birley Bush Council depot, 8am to 11am
Kintore: Midmill School car park, Carnie Road, 1pm to 4pm
Mintlaw: Aden Country Park, 8am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 3pm
Newmachar: The Axis Centre, School Road, 8am to 11am
Newtonhill: Bettridge Centre car park, 8am to 11.40am
Oldmeldrum: Academy bus car park, Colpy Road, 1pm to 4pm
St Cyrus: Ecclesgreig Road Car Park, 8am to 11am

For more information on the Household Recycling Centres which are open and their operating times, visit…


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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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 –


Frankenstein is coming to Pitmedden Garden! Join us for this fantastic performance by Illyria next week on Friday 16 August and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the Walled Garden on a summer’s evening!

Tickets and more information here


POLAR EXPLORERS is a fun children’s holiday club

WHAT IS IT?     A week of fun and games, crafts, drama and songs, based around bible stories

WHERE IS IT?     It will take place in Tarves Youth Hall

WHEN IS IT?     12 — 16 August (the last week of the summer holidays) from 10 am to 12 pm each morning

WHO IS IT FOR?      All children from P1 to P7, including children just about to start P1

HOW MUCH IS IT?     £2 per day per child

BOOKING FORM      Please click on this link to register your child. You must also complete a Consent Form.

Booking Form
POLAR EXPLORERS Summer Club, 12 – 16 August, 10 am – 12 noon, Tarves Youth Hall, Kirk Brae

Consent Form
Consent to photography/filming and social media. Also consent to holding email addresses and dates of birth.

Mental Health Awareness at Haddo – May 2019

During the month of May Haddo will be home to a variety of activities and events designed to settle the mind and give people the tools to strive for better mental health.

Haddo is a place of solace for many, and the perfect environment to work on overall wellbeing. Working with partners Gillian Watt of ‘And Breathe123’ and Agnes Bruce of ‘Wellbeing with Agnes’, Haddo will be host to a series of talks, walks and workshops, all with the purpose of improving our ability to switch off and be present.

Suzanna Atkinson, Haddo visitor services officer said: “We are so pleased to play our part in bringing better mental health and wellbeing to our visitors. Many of us are affected by stress, have super busy lives, live with depression, sensory deficits and countless other conditions that can be relieved by spending time in the outdoors in guided sessions.

“We are working with Gillian and Agnes to introduce wellbeing at Haddo, which will initially ‘kick-off’ during Mental Health Awareness Week, but we hope will become a regular addition to the many activities at Haddo.

“The events and activities throughout May include a mindfulness walk for mums, several meditation and mindfulness workshops, and how learning to be present in the outdoors can drastically help how our brains process the world around us. There is something for everyone and there is a small fund available for people who can’t afford to pay the full cost of the activities.”

If you would like to donate to allow as many people as possible to attend the events and activities: search Haddo at Just Giving. Every penny helps the Haddo team to help someone else.

To find out more take a look at the Haddo Facebook page @visithaddo or email Suzanna on