Commercial Waste Information
Commercial Waste Information
West Lothian Council runs a frequent service to collect refuse, recycling and cardboard from commercial premises throughout the area.
Trade Waste Customers - Legal Obligation
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:
Our commercial waste collections start from 7am, therefore all containers and cardboard (where you are on our cardboard collection scheme) must be presented by 7am on the scheduled day of collection.
This may mean you will need to present them the previous evening. We will not return to collect containers or cardboard after this time.
Commercial Waste Charges 2018/19 (as of 1 April 2018)
We are now able to offer containers for the collection of recyclable materials (blue bins), glass and food waste.
|Container Size||Cost per Uplift||Purchase Cost of Container||Frequency|
|Set of 3x240l bin*||£3.69||3 x £56.45||On Request|
|Set of 3x1100l bin*||£13.32||3 x £399.34||On Request|
|240l bin||£2.21||£56.45||Weekly or Fortnightly|
|1100l bin||£7.83||£399.34||Weekly or Fortnightly|
|240l bin||£5.41||£56.45||Once or Twice per week|
|1100l Bin||£24.69||£399.34||Once or Twice per week|
* Indicates a 3 bin collection and purchase
Please note cardboard collections are only available to current commercial waste customers.
Please note that we no longer provide 140 litre bins for blue and non recyclable waste collections. This is to allow space to stock our extended range of container types for our new recycling service. Customers who currently have a 140 litre bin can get a replacement 240 litre bin delivered free of charge on request.
To request or amend a Commercial Waste Service, please email email@example.com
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC Codes)
It is now 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:
- UK Government website with condensed list of SIC codes used by Companies House: Gov.UK - Standard industrial classification of economic activities (SIC)
- And a useful tool to find SIC Codes: SIC Code Support
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
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.
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:
- Business Benefits
- Tools, templates and apps
- Training and Events
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 on blue bin, glass, food waste and cardboard
Blue Bin Mixed Recycling
e.g. Yoghurt and pudding pots, noodle pots, ready-made soup and pasta pots.
e.g. Ice cream, margarine tubs, ready meal tubs. Tip: Take the lids off and put them in the blue bin too.
e.g. ready meal and microwave food trays, fruit punnets, biscuit trays Tip: Rinse to make sure they are not contaminated by food waste.
e.g. lids from plastics bottles, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs and coffee jars Remove them and put them in the blue bin.
e.g. Plastic drinks, detergent and shampoo bottles. Lightly rinse and squash them to save space. Tip: Remove the lids and put them in the blue bin too. You can recycle clear and coloured plastic.
e.g. Clean carrier bags, bread bags, pre-packed vegetable bags, cereal and pasta bags. Tip: Please don't anything inside plastic bags, it prevents them being separated at the recycling facility.
e.g. Newspapers, coloured magazines, brochures, catalogues, unwanted mail, envelopes, including those with windows, shredded paper, phone directories, yellow pages Tip: Remove the plastic bags from junk mail or magazines and put them in the blue bin too.
e.g. Cereal boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, washing powder boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes Tip: Flatten cardboard boxes to save space.
e.g. juice, soup, custard and smoothie cartons. Tip: Flatten to save space and remove lids and put them in the blue bin too.
Tip: Make sure aerosol cans are as empty as possible and that foil and cans are not contaminated by food waste. You don't need to remove labels. Put the lids in the blue bin too.
- Everything must be clean and dry - wet and dirty materials such as food and drinks wastes, nappies and pet wastes spread through the whole load and mean it can rejected and landfilled
- Please rinse cans, plastic bottles, trays, containers, packaging and cartons to remove food and drinks residues
- Please do not place any material inside plastic bags. This prevents the material from being separated for recycling at the Materials Recycling Facility.
- You don't need to look at the recycling symbol on plastic containers, they can still be recycled
- You can recycle clear and coloured plastics
- If your blue bin contains items in black bin bags or bin liners it will not be collected.
Please don't put these in your blue bin
Food waste spreads through the load when compressed in the collection vehicle, so the paper and cardboard becomes wet and dirty and can be rejected by the recycling facility or manufacturers This is our biggest problem with contamination.
Wet materials spread through the load when compressed in the collection vehicle, so the whole load can be rejected by the recycling facility or manufacturers.
Glass is usually broken by being compacted in the back of the collection vehicle and spreads when deposited at the recycling facility. It can then hurt the staff that sort the materials on the manual picking lines and it also contaminates the paper, cardboard and plastic, which means that it can be rejected by the manufacturers.
At the materials recycling Facility blue bin material is spread out by a low level bar as it goes onto the conveyor belts for mechanical, then manual sorting lines. If material is inside plastic bags it prevents it being separated for recycling. In addition unfortunately plastic bags often contain material like food waste, pet waste and general waste, which if opened spread across the conveyor belt, causing the whole process line to be stopped and cleaned, causing delays and increasing processing costs.
Clothing, textiles and shoes cannot be accepted in the blue bin. They also absorb any food and moisture when mixed with the load in the back of the collection vehicle and become soiled and unusable They also cause operational problem at the recycling facility as they wrap round the wheel of the conveyor belts at the recycling facility, which have to be stopped and cut out.
The recycling facility is not designed to capture this material.
Potential to damage sorting equipment and recycling facility not designed to capture this material.
Glass must be:
- Collected and stored separately to other recyclates. We will provide you with purple bins for this purpose. It cannot be presented in the blue bin as this would contaminate the other recyclates.
- Colour segregated into clear, brown and green glass streams. The purple bins we can provide have different coloured lids to denote the colours.
- Glass bottles and jars only. Therefore no window glass or other types of glass can be accepted.
Glass collections require a set of three bins to segregate clear, green and brown glass e.g. 3 x 240 litre bins or 3 x 1100 litre bins.
A set of three 1100l segregated glass containers will only be provided following a site visit and assessment by Waste Services to ensure the ground conditions are suitable for manoeuvring this type of container from the collection point to the vehicle.
To ensure an uplift of your cardboard, please:
- Present your cardboard from 7am, so waste may need to be presented the previous evening.
- Only present cardboard. Please do not include other materials such as plastic, bubble wrap or polystyrene.
- Ensure cardboard is flattened and packed and stacked in a way so it will not cause litter. This can include presenting it within a cardboard box, or secured in bundles with tape or string.
- Ensure cardboard bundles are of a size and weight that they can be easily handled
If you do not present your cardboard as requested, it may not be collected.
If you process, prepare, distribute or sell food and produce over 5kg of food waste per week, you must present it for separate collection from 1 January 2016. This service can be used for ALL cooked and uncooked food waste, leftovers from meals and food preparation or out of date food from cupboards or fridges, but please do not put any liquids or oils in the caddy or bin. We will provide you with green caddies or wheeled bins for food waste collections.
What types of food can I put in my food waste caddy or food waste bin?
- Dairy produce
- Meat, bones, fish, egg shells
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bread, cakes, pastry
- Rice and pasta
- Tea bags, coffee grounds
Food Packaging is accepted, but please try to minimise this wherever possible.
You should not use your non recyclable waste bin for the disposal of Animal By-Products as it may be landfilled.
The following foodstuffs can be uplifted by us in our food waste recycling collection, or by other carriers registered to do so:
- Shops/ Retail -fresh or frozen products: raw meat, uncooked sausages, burgers and bacon.
- Butchers - fresh or frozen products: raw meat, trimmings, fat, small bones, uncooked sausages, burgers, chickens, other poultry and game
- Fishmongers - fresh or frozen products: raw fish
- Bakery- discarded raw meats or raw meat based products which have not undergone heat processing
- Pet Shops - products of animal origin based pet foods
Any contaminated packaging will require it to be treated as an animal by-product, and disposed of accordingly, but please try to minimise this wherever possible. Category 3 material includes parts of animals that has been passed fit for human consumption but which are not intended for consumption, either because they are not parts of animals that we normally eat (hides, hair, feathers, bones etc) or for commercial reasons. Category 3 material includes former foodstuffs (waste from food factories and retail premises such as butchers and supermarkets).
Disposal of catering waste is not controlled by these Regulations. Catering waste is defined as all food, including used cooking oils, originating in restaurants, catering facilities and Kitchens, including central kitchens and household kitchens.
If you are unsure as to whether these Regulations apply to you please call Environmental Health on 01506 775400. Further information on Animal By Products can be found on the Scottish Governments website
You are reminded that failure to comply with the Animal By-Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003 may result in more formal action being taken against you and/or your company. A person guilty of an offence under these Regulations shall be liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both; or on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.
Important Notice for Trade Waste customers using the Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Trade waste at Household Waste Recycling Centres
What is changing?
From 1 April 2018 external trade, commercial or business waste will no longer be accepted at West Lothian Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
For more information please visit:Waste Management Sites for Trade Waste
The following is a link to the Resource Efficient Scotland web site which hosts the Recycling and Re-use Directory. This is a search tool that provides information on re-use and recycling services in your area. http://directory.resourceefficientscotland.com/
The Scottish Government - who provide the council with 80% of its funding - has given the council a real terms decrease in core funding of £7.5 million for 2018/19. However, West Lothian's population is expected to increase by 10,000 over the next five years, increasing demand for council services such as schools and social care. This, combined with rising costs for services, means that the council's budget gap totals nearly £14 million for 2018/19 and £65 million over the next five years (2018/19 - 2022/23).
To allow West Lothian Council to balance its budget a number of changes to existing services are being made, including changes to what waste can be accepted and then disposed of at HWRCs.
West Lothian Council will stop accepting external trade, commercial or business waste at all HWRCs on 1st April 2018. HWRCs will only permit residents to dispose of their own household waste and recycling.
Where can traders and businesses dispose of their waste from 1 April?
All businesses and traders have a legal duty to dispose of their waste and recycling through a registered waste operator. 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 waste, prior to going to the sites: Waste Management Sites [199kb]
Household Waste Recycling Centres will only permit residents to dispose of their waste and recycling at HWRCs.
Residential Exemption Permits
Residential Exemption Permits are now required for households that wish to bring household waste in restricted vehicles (for example, vans) to Household Waste Recycling Centres. For more information please visit: Residential Permits - Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)
Household Waste Recycling Centre Opening Hours
- June to September 9am-7pm, 7 days per week
- October to May 10am-5pm, 7 days a week
(Last entry 15 minutes before closing)
West Lothian's five Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are open every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and 2nd January.
- All services are provided at the standard frequency stated. However we can investigate the potential to provide a more frequent service on request.
- To indicate sizes of bins available for recycling services, a 240 litre bin is the standard size of blue and brown bin that is provided to most households.
- Food Waste is treated to conform with legal requirements and mainly used by agriculture as a soil conditioner.