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Waste Management Sites for Trade Waste

Information on how to dispose of trade waste from 1 April 2018.

Important Notice for Trade Waste customers using 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).

Household Waste Recycling Centres will only permit residents to dispose of their own household waste and recycling at HWRCs.


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 the waste, prior to going to the sites: pdf icon Waste Management Sites [199kb]

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: