Managing commercial bins on the highway: approaches across the UK
Waste and recycling bins, sacks and cardboard must be placed out on the street for collection on the agreed collection day and time.
If for any reason waste or recycling isn't collected within these timescales, businesses must bring it back in from the pavement or highway.
The council will fine businesses £100 for leaving business waste or recycling out.
Cambridge City Council
Section 47 of the EPA 1990 is used to deal with commercial bins on the highway. They tailor Section 47 notices to suit the business, i.e. collection times, bin location after collection, identifying businesses when in a large amount at one location, etc.
The Notice can be quite in depth and can be very specific as to their requirements. The Notice legally requires a business to provide and have the following arrangements in place:
∑ Type of receptacles (size, construction and maintenance of receptacle) as you do not have any receptacles to date, all your bagged rubbish must be contained securely and not left out on the footpath / highway prior to collection.
∑ All bags must be securely fastened avoiding spillage and fall out. NO black bags to be placed outside of any bins at any time.
∑ Number of receptacles required (how many of each of the above-mentioned receptacles)
∑ Number of collections you are required to have each week: (how many and when for each of the abovementioned receptacles
∑ Location where your receptacles should be placed for collection
∑ Location where your receptacles should be stored when not out for collection
∑ Any other requirements e.g. any pallets must NOT be left outside on the public footpath and must be returned into your premises or suitable arrangements made with your delivery companies.
∑ Cardboard waste: All cardboard waste must be securely tied together and placed out for collection by the litter bins and not to cause any obstruction to the footpath or passing traffic.
Public Litter Bins: Not to be used for commercial waste.
Eight areas of Camden have timed collections. Businesses in these areas must put their rubbish bags and containers on the road 30 minutes before the start of their collection time.
Camden Town collection times are 06:00-08:00, 18:00-20:00 and 24:00-02:00.
Seven Dials collection times are 09:00-11:00, 17:00-19:00 and 01:00-03:00.
Bins or bags of waste must only be put out for collection on streets during
Within these times, waste is only allowed to be put out for up to one hour.
It is each businessesí responsibility to arrange when their waste will be collected with their waste collector.
If the waste remains uncollected, the businesses should remove it from the street, store it on their premises and contact their waste collector to rearrange collection.
Trade waste bins are not permitted to be stored on public land.
Food and glass are not allowed to be stored on street, so businesses should contact their waste carrier about alternative solutions.
All bags and bins must be clearly marked with the business name and collection time.
Waste may only be placed on the street when the business is staffed and not overnight.
Waste containers must be placed as near to the edge of a business' property as possible, whilst ensuring there is pedestrian access. Businesses must not block the pavement or road.
Bins should be stored inside premises and presented at the kerbside on the allocated collection day.
Within the times stated in the tables, waste is only allowed to be put out on the public domain for up to one hour.
If the waste remains uncollected, the businesses should remove it from the street and store on their premises.
All bags and bins must be clearly marked with the business name and time of collection.
Waste may only be placed on the street when the business is staffed and never overnight.
North West, South and North East
Timed collections affect all businesses in the timed collection areas, whether waste is collected by Lambeth or any other waste management company.
There are five timed collection areas across the borough, with different times of collection for refuse and recycling.†
If a business uses bins which are stored on and collected from private land, timed collections do not affect how their waste is collected.
Businesses without a bin on private land, must use waste sacks.
Businesses cannot place a bin on public land.
An example: Clapham
Businesses can only put their waste on the street at certain times of the day:
∑ Put bags out after 6pm and before 10pm on the evening of collection day.
∑ Put bins out after 9pm on the eve of collection and before 6am on the day of collection.
All wheeled council containers should be clearly labelled and stored within the curtilage of the businessí property for collection.
Oxford City Council is committed to working with businesses and commercial waste companies to ensure that no waste is left on the streets outside the time frames specified.
If waste is mispresented, enforcement action may be taken under section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Businesses in Area 1
Businesses can present waste for collection for the morning collection period between 5.30am and 6am and in the evening between 5pm and 5.30pm.
Businessesí commercial waste can only be collected between 6am and midday and between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.
It is the businessís responsibility to arrange with a commercial waste contractor for collections to take place within these time periods.
If the waste has not been collected by the end of the collection window, i.e. midday or 8.30pm then the businesses must retrieve all their waste from the street.
Businesses in Area 2
In some city centre streets, the council is removing all early morning commercial waste presentations and require all commercial waste to be presented for collection between 6pm and 7pm.
If the waste has not been collected by the end of the collection window which is 7pm to 9pm, the businesses must retrieve all their waste from the street and store it back in their premises.
It is the businessís responsibility to arrange with a commercial waste contractor for collections to take place within these time periods. If waste has not been collected by the end of the collection window, i.e. 9pm, then the businesses must retrieve all their waste from the street.
It is no longer be permitted for trade waste bins to be stored permanently on the pavement, so if trade waste bins cannot be stored on businessesí own premises they must be removed.
Businesses will need to have a contract in place with a commercial waste collection service provider that is able to collect at the required times or arrange for their waste to be collected directly from premises at other times.
Businesses in the timed collection scheme area need to comply with the times for putting waste out for collection and arranging for it to be collected as set out below.