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Commercial Waste Information

The council no longer operate a commercial waste collection service.

 pdf icon Privacy Notice-Operational Services-Waste Services general customer enquiries (email, letter and phone) [87kb]

Where can traders, businesses and other organisations dispose of their waste?

The following is a list of sites that have SEPA Waste Management Licences in the vicinity. Organisations should contact companies in advance to determine if they are operating, they are licenced to accept their waste and will accept the waste, prior to going to the sites:  pdf icon Waste Management Sites [199kb]

Visit the Resource Efficient Scotland web site which provides information on re-use and recycling services in your area using the Recycling and Reuse Directory.

Trade Waste Customers - Legal Obligation

All businesses, traders and other organisations have a legal duty to dispose of their waste and recycling through a registered waste operator.  A new SEPA campaign will target waste producers to raise awareness of how to stay within the law when it comes to the duty to recycle. Further details are available here:

Trade Waste at West Lothian Recycling Centres

Local businesses and other organisations are able to recycle key materials free of charge at West Lothian Recycling Centres. All businesses that wish to use this free service will require a Business Recycling Access Pass to deposit only:

  • glass bottles & jars
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • metal packaging
  • scrap metal (not including electrical and electronic items)
  • books
  • DVDs
  • clothes

Businesses and other organisations using the Business Recycling Access Pass must be aware that they will not be able to bring in any other type of waste. This prevents commercial organisations from passing on subsequent disposal costs to West Lothian Council and its council tax payers.

How to Obtain a Business Recycling Access Pass

Details of how to obtain a Business Recycling Access Pass have been provided to customers who previously used the West Lothian Council collection service.

New customers wishing to use our recycling centres to dispose of trade waste should email waste.services@westlothian.gov.uk to request a duty of care form.  The duty of care should then be returned, as per instructions on the form, and permit received before visiting the recycling centres.

Presenting a Pass will allow access to any of the Recycling Centres during their weekday opening hours. Weekend access is for householders only. Current opening hours can be found on the West Lothian Council Recycling Centres webpage.  Please remember to bring your pass each time you visit the Recycling Centre, failure to present a pass will result in refusal to enter the site.

Businesses and other organisations will not be able to recycle or dispose of any other type of waste within the Council's facilities. The waste must only come from your own business.

For more information about our recycling centres please visit West Lothian Council Recycling Centres

Registration as a Waste Carrier

If you transport controlled waste within the UK in the course of your business, you must register as a waste carrier.  Further details are available on the SEPA - Waste Carriers and Brokers website.

Waste Carrier Information

Controlled waste is any kind of household, commercial industrial or agricultural waste, including any waste from a house, shop, office, factory or any other trade or business premises.

You must register if you operate a business that is subject to regulation, even if you only deal with controlled waste once in a while.

If you are a charity or voluntary organisation and you transport waste, or you only carry waste that you have produced as a result of your business (excluding construction and demolition waste), you must ensure you are entered on SEPA's register of professional collectors and carriers and transporters of waste.

The enforcing authority is the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland. If you are in any doubt as to whether registration is required, Contact SEPA.

Online applications are available from the MYSEPA website.

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC Codes)

It is a legal requirement for waste producers to enter their Standard Industrial Classification (SIC code) onto Duty of Care notes.

To help you find the SIC Code for your business or organisation when filling out your Duty of Care note, please see the attached link to the Office of National Statistics:

However, you may find the following websites more user friendly:

For help and enquiries please contact the Office of National Statistics: Email:  Classifications.Helpdesk@ons.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: +44 (0)1329 444970

Address: Office for National Statistics Classifications and Harmonisation Unit, Segensworth Road, Titchfield, Fareham PO15 5RR

Commercial Waste - Business Resources and Support

The new Zero Waste Regulations require all businesses operating in Scotland to present key recyclables, specifically paper and card, glass, metals, and plastics for recycling.  For businesses working in food retail, food production, or preparation, a separate food waste collection will also be required. Changing the way businesses manage their waste holds money-saving potential, particularly by taking simple steps to become more resource efficient.  

Business Gateway West Lothian

Business Gateway offer free advice from experienced business advisers on all aspects of starting or growing a business.

Energy Saving Trust

Offers free expert advice, support and funding could help your business to save energy, reduce costs and carbon footprint.

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB)

Keep Scotland can support businesses by facilitating conferences and events, network facilitation, providing support and networking, auditing businesses and accrediting businesses.

Net Regs

NetRegs is a partnership between Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in Northern Ireland and SEPA in Scotland. NetRegs provides free environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses throughout Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Resource Efficient Scotland

Business resources and support about the Waste (Scotland) Regulations are available through Resource Efficient Scotland.

Free, specialist advice and on-site support to help businesses cut their energy, water and material costs. Key areas include:

  • FAQ's
  • Business Benefits
  • Tools, templates and apps
  • Funding
  • Training and Events
Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise provides training and support to high growth companies based in Scotland. Advice is available for resource efficiency and waste management.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

SEPA helps business and industry to understand and comply with their environmental responsibilities and legislation and have a range of enforcement powers which SEPA can apply to ensure regulations are complied with. SEPA also works with the Scottish Government to deliver Scotland's Zero Waste Plan.

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust provides advice for businesses, governments and the public sector on opportunities in a sustainable low carbon world. Carbon footprinting and tools, guides and reports are available for businesses.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

CIWM is a professional body which represents over 7,000 waste professionals working in the sustainable resources and wastes management sectors-predominantly in the UK but also overseas. CIWM sets the professional standards for individual working in the industry and has various grades of membership determined by education, qualification and experience. CIWM provides training, advice and networking for the business sector.

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS)

Zero Waste Scotland provides support to businesses is designed to help grasp opportunities to boost your bottom line.

Waste prevention and resource efficiency is where real cost savings can be made.  Preventing waste in the first place holds the potential to save Scottish businesses up to £2billion. The hospitality sector alone could save £64 million by cutting out food waste.

Additional Information/Initiatives

Please also see the Reduce and Reuse webpage for further information on government initiatives and helpful tips to assist your business in reducing and recycling waste.