Orkney Islands Council
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Business Waste and Recycling

What counts as business waste?

Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste.

Business waste also includes any waste that comes from:

  • Construction.
  • Demolition.
  • Industry.
  • Agriculture.

Commercial Waste Services provided by Orkney Islands Council include cost effective, reliable and environmentally responsible waste management solutions to a wide range of businesses. We aim to provide you with a quality, reliable service at an annual fixed cost. We do not exist to make a profit from our services.

We currently offer general waste, cardboard, cooking oil and recycling collection services to businesses. Collection services can be, wherever possible, tailored to the needs of your business, the amount of waste you produce and the amount of times you need your bin(s) emptied.

The Council can also organise a special ad hoc collection of large amounts of waste, bulky materials or confidential waste from business premises.

Waste Collection on the Isles

There is no provision currently on the Outer Isles for wheeled bins for business premises. This is owing to the fact that the collection vehicles don’t have the correct lifting equipment installed. There is a beige bag system in place for outer isles businesses and this will continue for the foreseeable future.

Waste Aware Resources

Trying to get staff and customers on board with recycling can be a bit of challenge sometimes. We are here to help! We can offer free stickers for internal bins to remind people what they can recycle as well as advice through presentations about recycling and waste minimisation. We can tailor make materials and hand-outs for all types of business (e.g., self-catering cottages, campsites, hotels, offices etc.).

Business Waste Contacts

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the collection and disposal of your business waste or recycling please contact Development and Infrastructure on telephone 01856873535 extension 2320 or via email.