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Household Waste Recycling Centre

What is a household waste recycling centre (HWRC)?

We operate four recycling centres at Polmadie, Shieldhall, Dawsholm and Queenslie.  These facilities are available to dispose of and recycle a wide stream of materials that are not currently collected within the domestic waste bins.

Locations of HWRC

Dawsholm Recycling Centre
75 Dalsholm Road
G20 0TB

Easter Queenslie Recycling Centre
90 Easter Queenslie Road  
G33 4UL

Due to urgent maintenance work, the council's waste transfer station at 90 Easter Queenslie Road, G33 4UL, will be unavailable until further notice. Any customers who normally deliver materials directly into the waste transfer station will require to make alternative arrangements.  

Please note this does not affect users of the Household Waste Recycling Centre which will remain open to members of the public wishing to deposit recyclable materials.

Polmadie Recycling Centre
425 Polmadie Road
G42 0PJ

Please Note:  Unfortunately there is no access to vehicles above 1.8m at Polmadie Recycling Centre. Please use one of the other HWRC's for access with vehicles above this height.

Shieldhall Recycling Centre
Renfrew Road

When is it open?

All four sites currently operate 8am-8pm, 7 days a week.  Last entry is 7.45pm.

Please note that the centres are closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and close at 6pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

What can be recycled at the HWRC?

The following items can be disposed/recycled at the recycling centres:

  • Bikes
  • Books
  • Cardboard
  • Car batteries
  • Cooking oil (Polmadie only)
  • Drink cans/food tins/empty aerosol cans
  • Electrical items e.g. white goods, small/large electrical appliances, televisions, monitors
  • Energy efficient light bulbs
  • Engine oil
  • Furniture and other household goods
  • Garden waste
  • Gas cylinders
  • Glass bottles/jars
  • Hazardous household waste e.g. batteries, paint, thinners, garden chemicals
  • Mixed papers - newspapers, magazines, directories, yellow pages
  • Non-recyclable household waste
  • Rubble
  • Scrap metal
  • Soil
  • Tetra Pak
  • Textiles
  • Wood

How much does it cost? 

  • Private cars with household items - no charge
  • Private cars with builders waste - no charge for a maximum of two visits, third visit will be reported to Supervisor and may be subject to a charge.
  • Private cars with low level trailers with builders or garden waste - no charge for a maximum of two visits, third visit will be reported to Supervisor and may be subject to a charge.
  • Private cars/4x4s with low level trailers - will be inspected by Weighbridge Attendant/Recycle Centre Attendant. A charge may be levied. 2 forms of ID should be taken.
  • Glasgow City Council domestic household waste in a van/4x4 - will be inspected by Weighbridge Attendant and a charge may be levied. 2 forms of ID should be taken.
  • Building material only from householders in a van - will be inspected by Weighbridge Attendant and charge may be levied. 2 forms of ID should be taken.
  • Commercial vans - All waste chargeable immediately. 2 forms of ID must be provided, 1 which must be in the form of a bill Heading or a utility bill.
  • After weighbridge is closed, householders using vans must phone ahead to the Site Supervisor to book at these depots where this facility is offered.

Sites may close for short periods intermittently for service / health and safety reasons.

Re-use facilities

Shieldhall and Dawsholm HWRC have dedicated storage areas/bays for placing household items that are suitable for re-use.  Collection partners have been appointed for furniture, bikes and electrical equipment and only these partners are permitted to remove items from the sites for re-use.  The collection partners also visit Polmadie and Queenslie, although at present there are not dedicated areas/bays for re-usable items.

Height restriction

There is a height restriction of 1.8m for vehicles entering the sites. This is to stop trade vehicles from entering.

Please note: if your vehicle is in excess of 1.8 metres and you require access out with the commercial hours for the deposit of household waste up to 8.00pm (last entry 7.45pm). For information on booking vans into the recycling centres please see Weighbridge Information.

Disposal of paint

The household waste recycling centre (HWRC) accepts paint for disposal from domestic properties, however, before doing so please consider the following points:

  • Use it up by offering unused paint to friends, family or online e.g. Freegle, Freecycle, Gumtree. Unfortunately there is not a Community Re-Paint Scheme in Glasgow, however, other community groups or local furniture recycling projects may be able to make use of the paint.
  • Liquid waste is banned from going to landfill, but water-based paint (emulsion) can be disposed of in your normal rubbish bin, however, it must be fully dried out first. An option is to add something absorbent, like cat litter, sand, dry soil or sawdust. Once the paint is dried, you can put the water based paint tins in your general waste bin at home.
  • If you visit the HWRC and the paint tins are empty, and/or the paint has dried/hardened, the tins can be placed within the general waste skip/container/bay.

Oil based and solvent based paints should not be placed within your bin at home and facilities are available at the HWRC for these items, which is subsequently sent for specialist disposal.


Are not accepted at the HWRC. Householders with tyres should pay the disposal fee at the garage where they are buying new ones.

Confidential waste and asbestos

Disposal of confidential waste or asbestos requires an appointment. Please contact 0141 276 0829 for further information. The facility for these waste streams is currently located at the Shieldhall HWRC.

Commercial waste

Commercial waste is not accepted at the HWRC. Commercial waste is chargeable and requires to be disposed of at a waste transfer station or collected by your waste contractor.

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