Commercial Waste Information

The council no longer operate a commercial waste collection service.

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Managing Waste During COVID-19

Supporting Scotland's waste and recycling workers

A new dedicated hub for Scotland's waste management sector has been launched giving support and advice on how to stay compliant while adapting to the challenges of the coronavirus.

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:  Icon for pdf Waste Management Sites [199.33KB]

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 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
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC Codes)

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
Energy Saving Trust
Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB)
Net Regs
Resource Efficient Scotland
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
The Carbon Trust
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS)
Additional Information/Initiatives