Make sure you have your trade waste in order – Waste Compliance Team could be paying a visit to premises near you
A Waste Compliance Team has been set up by the City of Edinburgh Council to tackle the the illegal disposal of trade waste, particularly around communal bins.
The team, which comprises six staff, a team leader and five wardens, started its inspections on Monday (5 September) and so far has visited 35 premises, 29 of which could not produce a trade waste contract at the time of the visit.
Fifteen have since admitted they don’t have a contract at all and have been given seven days to have one in place before facing prosecution. The other 14 say they have a contract and have been given seven days to produce it.
The the team has also issued three, £200 fixed penalty notices to businesses for illegally depositing waste on the street.
The Council says it’s keen to support businesses and will only take legal action where absolutely necessary.
Cllr Lesley Hinds, environment convener, said: “Illegal disposal of trade waste is one of the challenges we face, which can cause some of our communal waste collection sites in the city to overflow.
“The team’s immediate focus is visiting commercial properties in areas that are served by communal bins to identify businesses that do not have legal agreements in place and are using our communal waste bins to dispose of their waste at the expense of the taxpayer.
“Businesses who have the correct certification in place and dispose of their waste appropriately are to be thanked.