Glasgow City Council has been running a successful pilot programme to tackle issues around commercial waste within the city centre and this has now been rolled-out across the rest of the city centre by the end of March. The focus was to reduce the number of large bins stored on the street and now businesses will need to store their waste in or on their premises. Businesses that don’t comply could face fines of up to £1000.

The next stage will see the project being rolled-out across the whole of Glasgow by early March 2019, and businesses are now being contacted with more advice on the changes. In the North West of Glasgow the date for compliance is 15 September 2018.

The primary aim of the project – which was achieved in the pilot areas – was to substantially reduce the adverse impact of the then current waste collection practices (especially the use of bulky, brightly-coloured commercial waste containers on streets, pavements and lanes) to enhance the appearance of the area making it more pleasant for to live, work and study there.

An additional aim was the tackling of accessibility and recycling issues as well as reducing the amount of spilled waste and litter on city centre streets and lanes, all with a view to potentially expanding the scheme to the rest of the city centre and out across Glasgow.

Katy Murdoch, Sales Manager at Changeworks Recycling has written a useful overview of the scheme and you can find out more about the Councils trade waste strategy on their website https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/project/commercial-waste