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Commercial waste collection providers in Scotland

Scotland is a vast country, and finding a commercial waste collection provider that offers regular collections in your area can be challenging.

Although several trusted commercial waste collection providers in Scotland exist, most serve only specific towns and cities. Our business waste experts have summarised the top waste providers in Scotland, detailing exactly where they offer collections.

💡There are some smaller waste providers that operate exclusively in Scotland’s largest cities. For more information, refer to our guides on Glasgow and Edinburgh commercial waste collection.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cireco</a></h3>


Headquartered in Fife, Cireco Scotland offers complete resource management services. They provide expert waste and recycling solutions to businesses and local authorities and offer household collections for Fife Council. Cireco also offer all new business customers with a free waste audit.

Serves: Fife, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Sterling & Perth

<h3 id="binn"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Binn Group</a></h3>

Binn Group

The Binn Group is one of Scotland’s largest independent waste providers. They own and operate one of the most integrated resource recovery complexes in the UK, which includes a Material Reclamation Facility and an Anaerobic Digester at their EcoPark in Perth.

Serves: Perthshire, Stirlingshire, Fife, Dundee, Angus and Central Scotland.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Biffa</a></h3>


Biffa has a significant presence in Scotland with locations across Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness. Annually, Biffa Scotland collects over 4 million tonnes of waste. Additionally, Biffa is a sponsor of the Scottish Women’s Football League and Cup competitions.

Serves: Near universal Scotland coverage

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Veolia</a></h3>


Veolia plays various roles in enhancing waste management and ecological transformation in Scotland, focusing on innovative approaches to waste handling. As part of this technological drive, Veolia employs biogas recovery systems at their Scottish waste facilities.

Serves: Near universal Scotland coverage

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NWH Group</a></h3>

NWH Group

NWH Group is a family-owned waste and recycling business headquartered in Midlothian. They operate state-of-the-art commercial recycling centres in Edinburgh, Dundee, and Glasgow. These centres also offer third-party disposal services for businesses looking to transport their commercial waste.

Serves: Near universal Scotland coverage

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Enva</a></h3>


Enva is a leading resource recovery provider, offering various hazardous and non-hazardous waste collection services. They operate a fleet of state-of-the-art waste collection vehicles from their 10 locations across Scotland.

Serves: Near universal Scotland coverage.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Munro Highland</a></h3>

Munro Highland

Munro Highland offers cost-effective commercial recycling and general waste collection services across a wide area in the North of Scotland. Their services include specialist waste collections such as asbestos, plasterboard, gypsum, and electronic equipment recycling.

Serves: Highlands and Moray, including Inverness.

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">EIS Waste</a></h3>

EIS Waste

EIS operates two material recovery facilities in Aberdeenshire. Their fleet of 30 waste vehicles serves the City of Aberdeen and North East Scotland. EIS provides comprehensive waste management and recycling services to the Port of Aberdeen, Scotland’s largest berthage port.

Serves: North East Scotland

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">JM Murdoch</a></h3>

JM Murdoch

JM Murdoch is a family-owned waste and haulage business based in Neilston, East Renfrewshire, serving Central Scotland for over 50 years. Their trade waste collection services encompass all forms of recycling.

Serves: Glasgow, Paisley and Central Scotland

Commercial waste collection with local Scottish councils

Most Scottish councils provide a paid-for kerbside commercial waste collection service. The advantages of these services include:

  • Councils do not charge VAT, which is beneficial if your business is not VAT-registered.
  • It’s convenient for businesses to dispose of waste alongside regular domestic collections.

However, it is important to acknowledge the limitations of these services:

  • It is not possible to tailor the days of your regular pick-ups.
  • Some councils require you to purchase your own commercial waste bins.
  • Options for segregated recycling are limited.
  • Council commercial waste quotes can be uncompetitive.

Our waste experts have compiled the following list of waste services offered by Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

Local council waste pageCommercial waste serviceOur full guide
Aberdeen City CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Aberdeenshire CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
Angus CouncilYes - Universal waste and recycling, limited food waste collections
Argyll and Bute CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
City of Edinburgh CouncilNo serviceCommercial waste Edinburgh
Clackmannanshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Comhairle nan Eilean SiarYes - Waste and recycling
Dumfries and Galloway CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Dundee City CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
East Ayrshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
East Dunbartonshire CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
East Lothian CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
East Renfrewshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Falkirk CouncilYes - Mixed recycling only
Fife CouncilNo service
Glasgow City CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collectionsCommercial waste Glasgow
Inverclyde CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
Midlothian CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
North Ayrshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
North Lanarkshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Orkney Islands CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
Perth and Kinross CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Renfrewshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Scottish Borders CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
Shetland Islands CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
South Ayrshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
South Lanarkshire CouncilNo service
Stirling CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
The Highland CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
The Moray CouncilYes - Waste and recycling
West Dunbartonshire CouncilYes - Waste, recycling and food collections
West Lothian CouncilNo service

For more information about the commercial waste services each local council offers, follow the link provided.

Waste regulations for Scottish businesses

In 2012, the Scottish Parliament approved the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which imposed additional responsibilities on businesses in Scotland that produce waste.

💡The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 is a piece of devolved waste legislation, but Scottish businesses must also adhere to UK waste regulations.

Below, we’ll summarise the key points of Scottish commercial waste regulation.

Separation of recyclable waste

Any business in Scotland producing the following waste types must store them separately and arrange for their recycling:

  • Glass
  • Tin and aluminium cans
  • Recyclable plastics
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Food waste of over 5kg per week*

*Businesses in rural locations are exempt from the requirement to arrange for collections of food waste.

Waste storage

Scottish legislation provides specific guidance for the storage of each of the above recyclable waste streams:

  • Store each waste stream separately to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Store waste in a secure location.
  • Use suitable storage containers that are clearly labelled.
  • Use covers and lids to prevent waste from being blown away.
  • Use waterproof covers or lids to prevent contaminated runoff.

Scottish commercial waste providers rent compliant commercial waste bins as part of their collection contracts.

Waste transfer notes

Scottish businesses must retain a waste transfer note for all waste collections and keep these records for two years.

For regular waste collections, Scottish commercial waste providers will issue an annual waste transfer note, often referred to as a season ticket.

Commercial recycling in Scotland

Scottish waste regulations require businesses to recycle glass, metals, plastics, paper, cardboard, and food waste separately.

The trusted Scottish commercial waste firms we’ve highlighted in our guide offer separate collections and provide their customers with waste transfer notes to demonstrate compliance. Additionally, the following alternative specialist providers are available in Scotland.

<h3>Commercial food waste collections in Scotland</h3>

Commercial food waste collections in Scotland

Food Waste Scotland, a partnership between the Binn Group and Earnside Energy, offers national coverage for commercial food recycling across Scotland. The collected food waste is processed at an anaerobic digestion facility, where it is converted into renewable biogas.

<h3>Commercial paper recycling in Scotland</h3>

Commercial paper recycling in Scotland

Highlander Shredding provides paper and cardboard recycling services throughout Scotland. They offer both general commercial paper recycling and confidential waste shredding services.

<h3>Commercial glass recycling in Scotland</h3>

Commercial glass recycling in Scotland

Ekko Glass, a specialist in glass recycling, utilises advanced recycling technology to transform used glass into high-quality recycled glass. They maintain a large collection network across Scotland.

<h3>Commercial electronic waste disposal in Scotland</h3>

Commercial electronic waste disposal in Scotland

Scottish businesses have several options for securely disposing of IT equipment. Trusted commercial electronic waste collection providers include:

<h3>Hazardous waste disposal in Scotland</h3>

Hazardous waste disposal in Scotland

In Scottish waste legislation, hazardous waste is categorised as “special waste” and must be disposed of with a ‘special waste consignment note’. Walsh Brothers offers a range of hazardous waste collection services across Scotland.

Scotland’s plans for landfill waste

From 31 December 2025 the Scottish Parliament will ban biodegradable waste going to landfill and target reducing overall landfill waste to less than 5%.

Scotland has already made massive progress in halving the percentage of overall waste going to landfill to 26.1% in 2021, primarily driven by a shift to using incinerators.

Biodegradable material causes significant environmental harm as the degrading waste produces methane – a potent greenhouse gas. The ban is intended to eliminate this environmental impact as part of Scotland’s wider circular economy plans.

Scotland’s plan envisages the use of waste technologies such as mechanical and biological treatment, which converts biodegradable waste into chemically stable compounds that can safely be included within landfill waste.

💡The current legislation for banning biodegradable waste disposal at landfill applies to council-provided waste services, but the Scottish Government intends to extend this to all commercial waste collections.

Source: Scottish Government – Circular Economy route map