Inverness city centre trade waste pilot project

On 30 November 2017, The City of Inverness Area Committee approved the new policy for the City Centre Trade Waste Project.

This will change the way businesses have to put out their trade waste containers in public spaces within the city centre and will help to make Inverness a cleaner, greener and safer city. The implementation plan runs from October 2017 until March 2018.

The project will be reviewed 12 months and feedback will be reported to the committee.

Project timescale

Map of areas covered


  • To reduce the amount of trade waste containers on the streets and improve the look and feel of the city centre
  • To reduce the amount of litter derived from trade waste
  • To encourage businesses to manage their waste more responsibly and recycle more
  • To reduce public safety issues by removing tripping hazards and blocking the footways as this can potentially have a detrimental impact on visually impaired or disabled people
  • To evaluate the impact and benefits of the project in order to make recommendations to committee on potentially rolling out the programme across other areas of the city

Key elements of our policy

  • No trade waste containers will be permitted to be stored on public pavements or streets out with designated collection times
  • Within designated times, waste will only be permitted to be placed for uplift within the specific time periods stated. Proposed times are 7am to 10 am and 6pm to 9pm
  • Waste can only be on the street for 2 hours
  • If the waste is not collected within the specified time period the business must take the waste back into their premises
  • Waste placed on street for collection must display the business name and collection time
  • Waste may only be placed out for collection when the business is staffed, and never overnight
  • Waste containers must be placed as near to the edge of a business as possible. There must be clear pedestrian access. You must not block the pavement or road
  • It is the responsibility of businesses to find a waste contractor that will work with them to find an appropriate internal form of waste storage
  • All bins must be clearly marked with your business’ name and time of collection



We have arranged workshops with Zero Waste Scotland at Inverness Town House  to help businesses keep to the new trade waste policy.

The workshop sessions will be held on 1 and 2 February from 10am- 12.30 pm and from 2pm- 4pm.

These workshops will offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the upcoming changes and how it may affect your business
  • Learn how businesses can manage their waste better, recycle more and often save money
  • Find out about the 1-2-1 support available to small and medium-sized enterprises and potential funding for waste prevention equipment
  • Prepare for the changes using tried and tested techniques, best practice examples, and free tools and templates
  • Meet and share experiences with other businesses

Further Information

For any queries and more clarification on the new policy, email us.

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