30 November 2020

Reuse containers back in action at Peterhead and Ellon household recycling centres

Popular reuse containers at two Aberdeenshire Council household recycling centres have reopened.

The facilities at Peterhead and Ellon are today (Tues, Dec 1, 2020) once again accepting donations which will be collected, prepared and sold on by North-east charity Stella’s Voice.

All donated items are sold to generate much-needed funds for the charity’s humanitarian efforts both home and abroad. It accepts a range of donations from the very generous public – whether it be furniture, clothing, toys or bric-a-brac (see list below).

At the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, the containers were closed on safety grounds, however the charity is now once again collecting donated items which will be quarantined for 72 hours at its storage centre before being sold.

Residents wishing to make donations at either of the centres are reminded they will still be required to make a booking online at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/recycling/book-recycling-centre-visit/

Stella’s Voice director Mark Morgan explains: “In our experience, many people who are having a household clear-out will only ever make one trip and that is to a household recycling centre.

“Covid has had a huge impact on the charity this year and we are absolutely thrilled to have the reuse containers back in operation. The donations we receive through the centres at Peterhead and Ellon are hugely-appreciated and I would encourage all residents to support us with their unwanted but very serviceable items – you will be making a real difference to the people we support.”

Aberdeenshire Council waste manager Ros Baxter said: “I am delighted we have now been able to reopen our reuse containers at Peterhead and Ellon where residents can give good, usable items a new lease of life and support a tremendous local charity.

“It is also really important to stress that many charities such as Stella’s Voice can uplift goods for free if the item is in decent condition and working order which is tremendous for the environment and for these great causes.”

Meanwhile, XS Resources, Stella’s Voice and Aberdeenshire Council have also launched ‘Connect Up For Aberdeenshire: Give your technology and small appliances a second life’.  The scheme is part of the UK-wide ‘Recycle Your Electricals campaign encouraging and supporting more people to reuse and recycle their old electricals.

Items being accepted at the Community Centre car-park on Robert Street in Stonehaven or directly to the Stella’s Voice Barn at Inverugie, Peterhead include smartphones, smart watches and charging cables; kettles, toasters, blenders and other kitchen appliances; electric shavers and hair dryers; computers, laptops, tablets and games consoles; TVs, speakers and remote controls.

Only electricals which have a CE kitemark and which are under 10 years old can be taken, but please note we can’t accept electricals of any type whether working or not at our reuse facilities. The Stonehaven donation point is open Mondays from 2-4pm and Thursdays from 6-8pm.

For further details or if you have a number of items, book a free collection at

For more information on reuse and recycling facilities together with details of all other council waste services visit: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/household-rubbish/

Items Stella’s Voice can collect from reuse containers include:

• Clothing and shoes - Regardless of condition
• Bikes and toys
• Bric-a-brac
• Furniture (anything material must have fire tags attached)
• Exercise equipment
• DIY and garden tools
• Household goods
• Bedding, curtains and other household linen/fabrics