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Trade Waste Procedures

The Council is changing its procedure for the way businesses put their trade waste containers out on public spaces. This will help to make Glasgow a cleaner, greener and safer city. Trade waste will only be allowed on the streets at certain times of day. 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.

What you have to do

The project is being implemented across the city in phases:

  • City Centre from 31 March 2018

  • North West from 15 September 2018

  • South from 8 December 2018

  • North East from 2 March 2019

For the City Centrecommercial waste bins/sacks must only be put out for collection on streets during the following times:

  • 07:30 - 11:00
  • 17:00 - 23:00

For the North West, South and North East, commercial waste bins/sacks must only be put out for collection on streets during the following times:

  • 07:30 - 12:00
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • 18:00 - 01:00 (no glass to be uplifted after 23:00)

Within these times, waste is only allowed to be put out on the public domain for up to 1 hour. It is your responsibility to arrange when your waste will be collected with your waste contractor. If your waste remains uncollected, you should remove it from the street, store it on your premises and contact your waste contractor to rearrange collection.

All bags and bins must be clearly marked with your business' names and time of collection.

Waste may only be placed on the street when the business is staffed and never overnight.

Location Plans

The attached maps outline each phase of the project roll out. If you store your bin(s) permanently on public space you must remove them as instructed and adhere to the new waste presentation system within the timescales outlined in each phase.

Business Leaflets

For further information please download the documents below:

Help and support

Zero Waste Scotland / Resource Efficient Scotland will be running workshops to assist businesses in reducing the amount of waste they produce and therefore meeting the new requirements of Glasgow City Council's Commercial Waste Project. Details will be added here once confirmed.

We will work with you and your business as much as possible to help you comply with these changes. There are organisations that will be able to offer you assistance on how to save money on your trade waste. Further support can be found in the following links:

Save money on trade waste

Advice and support for organisations in Scotland

How to get the best waste management solution for your organisation

Reduce waste

Reduce your waste

Managing your food waste

Your duty of care  

Waste (Scotland) regulations: what is your duty of care?

Waste (Scotland) regulations: SEPA guidance

Summary of resources

City Centre Case Studies

pdf icon Cath Kidson Retail Store [327kb]
pdf icon Merchant City and Trongate Community Council [255kb]
pdf icon Apex Hotel [333kb]
pdf icon Malones Bar and Restaurant [306kb]
pdf icon Guide Dogs Scotland [255kb]

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