Business waste

08/12/22 - Due to weather we are expecting significant disruption today to waste and recycling collections across the city. Please leave your bins out and check back for updates later in the day. 

Keep us posted

If you are a commercial customer of Aberdeen City Council please do keep us informed of any changes to your circumstances which may impact on your waste and/or recycling collections with us.

We need to remind you that you are responsible for letting us know if your circumstances change e.g. if you need to close your doors for a period due to COVID-19 guidelines (or any other reason for that matter). Failure to advise us of any closure (ahead of time) may result in continued attempted waste and recycling collections and invoices issued. 

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.

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:


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

  • Contract enquiry
  • Missed collection
  • Payment query
  • Request 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 (also known as the “bulky uplift”) service from commercial premises. This can work well for example if you have large waste items; are having an office clearance and/or simply have more waste/recycling than your bin collections can cope with. There is a charge for this service.

For more information or to arrange a collection please contact our corporate call centre on:

  • 03000 200 292 (Option 4 then 1 for Waste)

Please note, we cannot 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. 

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.

Contact the Business Waste and Recycling team

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