Glasgow City Council

Commercial Waste and Recycling

What is it?

We operate the largest commercial waste collection and disposal operation in Glasgow providing an unparalleled commercial waste service to businesses and other commercial organisations throughout the City. We can offer uplift and disposal, skip hire, disposal only and recycling.

Compliant Service Information

In order to support our customers to comply with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, the council has recently made changes to our recycling and waste service. 

Customers can receive separate uplifts for Dry Mixed Recyclate, Food, Glass and General Waste.

If our service does not suit your requirements you may find alternative registered waste carriers and brokers on the SEPA directory.

Commercial Wheeled Bin collections

To discuss your requirements and arrange a commercial waste contract please contact Commercial Services.

To amend your wheeled bin collection service please contact Commercial Services.  Information on bin sizes is available at Commercial Waste Containers.

To report a missed commercial waste collection, please contact the Customer Care Centre on 0141 287 9700.

Bins should ideally be stored inside your premises and presented at the kerbside on your collection day. Where bins cannot be stored inside they should be kept as close to your premises as possible.

To avoid enforcement action, bins lids must be closed.

Bins may not be uplifted if they are contaminated.

Trade Waste Sacks

Where space is limited trade waste sacks can fulfil business requirements.

We provide trade sacks for general waste and dry mixed recyclate (DMR).

Customers wishing to order trade sacks should contact the Customer Care Centre by phone or email. Sacks ordered in this way are delivered to business premises for a small charge.

Alternatively they can be collected from our Customer Service Desk at:

Glasgow City Council
45 John Street
Glasgow
G1 1JE

This service is available, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm

The charge for our trade waste sacks includes a regular and efficient uplift and disposal service.

Phone: 0141 287 9700
Email: LESWaste@glasgow.gov.uk

Sack presentation days and time

Customers in the city centre should place sacks out for collection on the following days and times:

Sack TypeWhen to put sacks out
 DaysTime
White or Green Sacks for General WasteTuesday, Thursday & Saturdays ONLYRefer to Street List
Clear Sacks for Dry Mixed Recyclate (DMR)Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sundays ONLYRefer to Street List

Customers in the south of the city should place sacks out for collection on the following days and times:

Sack TypeWhen to put sacks out
 DaysTime
White or Green Sacks for General WasteTuesday, Thursday & Saturdays ONLYFrom 7am to 9am
Clear Sacks for Dry Mixed Recyclate (DMR)Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sundays ONLYFrom 7am to 9am

Customers in the north of the city should place sacks out for collection on the following days and times:

Sack TypeWhen to put sacks out
 DaysTime
White or Green Sacks for General WasteMonday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday ONLYFrom 7am to 9am
Clear Sacks for Dry Mixed Recyclate (DMR)Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday ONLYFrom 7am to 9am

In all cases, sacks presented outwith these days and times will not be collected.  Sacks must not be left out overnight.  They should be taken back inside and only presented on the days noted above.

To report a missed commercial waste collection, please contact the Customer Care Centre on 0141 287 9700 or click on Report It. 

Commercial bulky waste uplift

From time to time businesses may have occasion to dispose of larger items that are not suitable for their normal disposal system e.g. old furniture and office equipment.

We would be pleased to provide a competitive quote to have the items removed.

The quote will be calculated based on prices available in the book of charges. To request a bulky waste uplift or for further details please phone 0141 287 9700.

Alternatively complete and submit the online bulk uplift request form.

Skip hire

We provide skips for commercial businesses. Households who wish to hire a skip should contact a private contractor.

Skips and containers are a clean, cost effective on-site solution to the problem of disposing of large volumes of low-density bulky waste.

We can offer a range of skips and containers from 6m³ to 27m³ in capacity.

Enclosed skips are available to ensure safety and security.  An uplift service for compactor skips can also be provided.

You can find out the price of hiring a skip by viewing our book of charges.

It is your responsibility to ensure you obtain any necessary skip permits prior to hiring.

For further details of this service or any of our other commercial services please contact the Commercial Services Team either by phone or email.

Duty of care

In accordance with the Duty of Care Regulations contained within the Environmental Protection Act 1990 all waste customers are required to complete a new duty of care transfer note each year.

A variable charge from £50 to £120 is applied. If you are liable for this charge an invoice will be issued.

Commercial disposal only

If you would prefer to deliver your waste for disposal we can receive it at one of our weighbridges.  Commercial organisations will be charged immediately and 2 forms of ID will be required.

Please note the following waste streams are not accepted from commercial organisations for disposal:

  • Plasterboard
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos

Disposal charges are waived for organisations with charitable status.  In order to ensure that the van is not turned away or asked for payment, the charity should provide their registered charity number and evidence that they receive 100% rates relief from the council.

Processing of recyclable material

We operate a Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF) for dry mixed recyclable materials and would be happy to discuss utilisation of this with large commercial organisations or public sector bodies.

For further details of this service or any of our other commercial services please contact Commercial Services.

Recycling regulations

The law on waste has changed. From 1 January 2014, all businesses, public sector and not-for-profit organisations are required to present metal, plastic, glass, paper and card (including cardboard) for separate collection.

Food businesses (except in rural areas) which produce over 5 kg of food waste per week must present the food waste for separate collection from 1 January 2016

Guidance note for waste types:

  • Dry Mixed Recyclate (DMR) consists of paper, card, plastic bottles, drinks cans, food tins and cardboard. Cardboard boxes must be broken down and fully placed within the DMR bin or clear sack. Cardboard left on the street will not be collected.
  • Glass consists of glass bottles and jars only. Glass must not be placed in trade sacks.
  • Food waste can be placed within bio-degradable bags or directly into the bin.
  • General Waste consists of items that cannot be recycled such as: tetra packs, hand towels, polythene and some packaging such as polystyrene.

For more information please visit the Resource Efficient Scotland website.

The council can arrange uplift of general waste, dry mixed recyclate, glass bottles & jars and food waste. If you have other types of waste you may find alternative registered waste carriers and brokers listed on the SEPA directory.

It should be noted that this list is provided for information only and does not signify endorsement of any company/partnership or individual included on the list by Glasgow City Council. 

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