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 is making changes to our recycling and waste service this year. 

We are rolling this service out across the city starting with the city centre where customers can receive separate uplifts for Dry Mixed Recyclate, Food, Glass and General Waste. Customers in the south of the city will receive a revised service in January 2017.

If you have not already been contacted by us by letter about a new compliant service, please continue with your usual bin service and sack orders and check back here for updates.

In the meantime, if you are outside the city centre or the south of the city you may find alternative registered waste carriers and brokers on the SEPA directory.

Commercial Wheeled Bin collections

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.

We are in the process of rolling out a fully compliant waste collection service and are currently only taking on new customers in the City Centre and south.

In the meantime, if you are outside the City Centre or south of the city, you may find alternative registered waste carriers and brokers on the SEPA directory
 

Trade Waste Sacks

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

Our high quality sacks can be delivered to business premises for a small charge or 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.

We are in the process of rolling out a fully compliant waste collection service and are currently only taking on new customers in the City Centre and south.

In the meantime, if you are outside the City Centre or south of the city, you may find alternative registered waste carriers and brokers on the SEPA directory

Existing customers wishing to re-order trade sacks should contact the Customer Care Centre by phone or email. Existing customers in the city centre and south can also purchase clear sacks for Dry Mixed Recyclate (DMR).

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 Type

When to put sacks out

 

Days

Time

White or Green Sacks for General Waste

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays ONLY

Refer to Street List

Clear Sacks for Dry Mixed Recyclate (DMR)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sundays ONLY

Refer to Street List

 

Customers in the south of the city can start using sacks from 16 January 2017 and should place sacks out for collection on the following days and times:

Sack Type

When to put sacks out

 

Days

Time

White or Green Sacks for General Waste

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays ONLY

From 7am to 9am

Clear Sacks for Dry Mixed Recyclate (DMR)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sundays ONLY

From 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.

 

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 contact the Council Customer Care Centre.

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.

Although the council can continue to collect residual / general waste that is not suitable for recycling, as a producer you must still separate out your recyclables for separate collections. It is therefore recommended that you contact alternative waste operators until we reach your area to arrange for the separate collection of your recyclables in order for you to be fully compliant with the law.   

Alternative registered waste carriers and brokers are 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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