Orkney Islands Council
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Commercial Waste and Recycling

What counts as commercial waste?

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

Commercial 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. A leaflet detailing the services available for businesses to dispose of their waste and recycling can be found in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page 'Commercial Waste and Recycling Leaflet' detailing the collection service.

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.).

We are also able to visit your premises to provide free health checks on waste and recycling to ensure you are complying with the current waste duty of care regulations.

Commercial Waste Contacts

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

Commercial Special Collections

Special collections from commercial premises can be arranged by contacting Development and Infrastructure on telephone number 873535 extension 2320.

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