05 July 2017

City Centre Commercial Waste Pilot Project

City Centre Commercial Waste Pilot Project

City Centre Commercial Waste Pilot Project

The plan to eliminate large unsightly food and glass commercial recycling waste bins has come into action as of 26th June 2017 within pilot areas of Glasgow City Centre.  These changes are being made to help make Glasgow a cleaner, greener and safer City. These pilot locations are shown on the attached map. Commercial Waste Pilot Locations Map

This action against businesses has taken place to declutter pavements and lanes of bins around the clock, therefore improving the appearance of our streets and reducing the attraction of vermin and any obstruction issues. 

The City of Westminster, Manchester and Edinburgh have all successfully employed a similar system with a significant improvement to their appearance.

What do I need to do?

Trade waste will only be allowed on the streets at certain times of day, and for no longer than a 1 hour period. This means you will need to store your business waste in your own premises or land, and then put it out for collection during a pre-arranged time slot with NWH Group.

If for any reason the waste is not collected within the 1 hour time slot it must be taken back into the premises and collection rearranged.

Waste collections can only be arranged during business open hours and waste should never be left out overnight.

All waste bags and bins must be clearly marked with your business’ name and the arranged collection time.

Waste must be placed as near to the property as possible ensuring clear pedestrian access and never blocking any pavements or roads. 

Collection times must be arranged between the hours of:

  • 07:30 – 09:30
  • 17:00 – 23:00

Can I put glass in with these collections?

No. Trade waste sacks/bags are not suitable for glass, which may get broken and burst the bag. Placing glass waste in bags is not acceptable due to the risk of injury to your staff, members of the public or NWH personnel. Please speak to our sales team to look at alternative options for glass recycling including smaller containers which can be stored on your property and/or the frequency of your uplifts.

Where will I store my waste?

Your business waste is your responsibility and will need to be stored within your property or on private land.

Some useful ways to manage this may include having your waste collected from within your business, increasing the frequency of collections, using collapsible bins or sharing bins with neighbouring businesses.

If your bins are currently collected from within your premises or on your private land then these changes will not affect you.

What will happen if I do not comply?

We will work with you and your business as much as possible to help you comply with these changes.  However, should your waste be found on the street out with the allotted time slots, or for longer than one hour, enforcement action may be taken under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which could lead to a fine of up to £1000.

Further assistant/Information

Please contact our sales team should you require any further assistance.

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