Musselburgh waste management firm warns over council crackdown
Edinburgh businesses are being urged by a leading recycling specialist to ensure they stay on the right side of new waste collection regulations – or risk major fines.
Following a temporary exemption Edinburgh City Council is now starting to enforce new rules which mean businesses will no longer be able to store food or glass recycling bins on the pavement or any public land.
This raises the risk that city centre businesses which are not fully aware of the new rules or don’t abide by them, will be open to prosecution which could lead to a potential fine of up to £1000.
Robin Stevenson, managing director at Musselburgh commercial recycling experts Hamilton Waste & Recycling, said that whilst there are signs that the council is set to crack down on businesses that don’t comply, those using the right service can still enjoy the financial and environmental benefits of recycling.
He urged businesses to check they are aware of the new requirements, and ensure they have a compliant and cost effective waste collection service in place.
“Business owners need to be on top of this and make sure their waste collections don’t end up costing them dearly,” he said. “Edinburgh is leading the way in its waste and recycling policies which has to be warmly welcomed. But businesses could find themselves facing heavy fines or unable to recycle as effectively as they were before.
“I’d urge them all to double check that they are fully aware of the rules and also are getting the best deal and support from their waste collection company.”
The council’s new trade waste rules mean bins and bags of waste can only be put out for collections on streets during certain times and must be clearly marked.
The move is part of a city-wide drive to both push forward with targets for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030, and to keep streets clear of unsightly bins and waste bags as much as possible.
Mr Stevenson believes the right waste contractor can not only ensure compliance but also help businesses to improve their recycling performance.
Hamilton, one of Scotland’s leading independent recycling and resource management companies, provides services to customers across East Lothian and Edinburgh under its distinctive Tartan Waste brand.
“For example, we can provide small bins with wheels to make them easier to manoeuvre and store, while our evening and night-time collection service operates up to 11pm, helping reduce congestion on the roads,” Mr Stevenson said.
“Plus, we are investing in a ‘green’ electric collection fleet, to help drive down emissions and do our bit towards helping Edinburgh achieve its ambitious targets.”