BORDERS residents will be able to take rubbish to recycling centres again soon.

But Scottish Borders Council has announced that a number of rules will apply to visitors.

Drivers will have to check their number plates to see if they are allowed entry on any given day, with access being restricted according to whether a plate has an odd number or an even one.

The full list of temporary restrictions is published below.

The guidance comes after the Scottish Government’s announcement that some coronavirus lockdown rules will be relaxed after May 28.

The council has decided to re-open the region’s seven recycling centres on Monday, June 1.

All sites have been closed since March 23 following the Scottish Government’s ‘stay at home’ advice.

A council spokesperson said: “Residents are strongly encouraged to visit SBC’s website, which will include live queueing times and full details of temporary restrictions at”

The temporary restrictions are:

  • An odd and even vehicle number plate system will be in place, which means you can only visit on certain days. Full details are available at
  • Recycling centres will be open seven days a week, between 9am to 2pm
  • Only cars and small vans weighing up to two tonnes accepted, such as car-derived vans and small panel vans. No large vans, trailers or horse boxes will be accepted
  • Only garden waste and waste that residents normally put in their general waste bin will be accepted
  • Maximum of five bin bags per trip and only one visit allowed per day
  • If possible, one person per vehicle should travel to the site and only one should leave the vehicle to offload waste