Business waste

As a business or organisation you must separate your waste for disposal under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012. This means separating out paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metals for recycling.

If your business sells, prepares, processes or distributes food, and you produce more than 5kg of food waste each week, then you must recycle this too. 

To show you are complying with the law, your waste contractor should provide you with a waste transfer note. This can be issued on an annual basis as a season ticket.

Trade waste bins in the city centre

From 1 May 2018, new measures will be in place to reduce the number of trade waste bins left on pavements in Aberdeen city centre.

Trade waste bins cannot be left on pavements between 12.30pm and 2.30pm each day. Each bin must be clearly marked with the name of the business that uses it.

We will support businesses to implement the measures over a five-month introductory period from May 2018. We will introduce exemption certificates for businesses who have nowhere else to store bins. Businesses will be fined if we have to remove unauthorised bins.

The City Wardens will be supporting the implementation of the new policy and will be available to visit and support businesses.

You can download the commercial waste containers policy below:

If you would like to apply for an exemption so you can continue to store your bins on the pavement, you can download the form below:

For more information please email

Regular collections

The Council has a range of options for business waste collections. Bins are available to hire or buy and range in size from 140L to 1280L. We currently provide the following collections for businesses:

  • Food waste recycling
  • Glass recycling
  • Mixed recycling for paper, cardboard, plastic containers and metal tins and cans
  • General waste collection for any waste that cannot be recycled

For more information or to set up collections please contact the Waste and Recycling service on:

  • 03000 200 292

Alternatively you can complete the online form to make an enquiry relating to:

  • Contract enquiry
  • Missed collection
  • Payment query
  • Requesting a bioliner


If you would like to arrange waste collection for an event please contact us as early as possible with details of your requirements.

  • 03000 200 292

Special collections

Aberdeen City Council provides a special collection service from commercial premises, for example if you are having an office clearance. There is a charge for this service.

We can't collect hazardous materials or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) such as computer equipment, heaters, fridges and so on. It is your responsibility to dispose of WEEE correctly in order to comply with regulations.

To find out how you can dispose of WEEE in compliance with the regulations, please visit the SEPA website or download a copy of SEPA's WEEE Disposal Guidance for your business from the Related Documents section below. 

For more information or to arrange a collection please contact the Waste and Recycling service on:

  • 03000 200 292

If you would like to find out more about reuse options, please see the Recycle for Scotland website

Customer survey

We are always interested in getting feedback from both current and potential customers to help us improve our services. Please fill in our short Business Waste and Recycling Survey.

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