BID Updates

Changes to business waste arrangements

Learn how the council is changing its approach to waste collection.


Businesses within the City Centre BID area are now being encouraged by Bristol City Council to change the way they present their waste for collection, to help keep the streets tidy and encourage more visitors to Bristol.

This extension to the project follows its implementation in the Old City area of Bristol, where BCC worked with businesses to remove the number of commercial waste bins on its streets from 102 to 0.




The aim of the project is to encourage businesses to manage their waste by making sure that:

  • They have their waste collected by a licensed carrier
  • Their waste is secured and locked away
  • The name of their business is displayed on their waste
  • Their waste is not left beside bins or sacks
  • Access to the public highway is not blocked
  • Waste is stored in or on the business premises
  • Waste bins are presentable and lockable, with any issues being reported to the trade waste contractor
  • Waste are put out for collection at permitted times
  • Waste is brought back into business premises if it is not collected

Removing large commercial waste bins from the streets makes them more attractive, reduces clutter and obstacles, and helps us to tackle litter, odour, fly tipping and vermin issues that are related to these bins being left on the streets.

Over the next few months, the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team will visit hundreds of businesses in the area to provide them with information on their legal waste management obligations and our expectations. Businesses will need to talk to their waste management contractors who can work with them to agree waste collection methods that allow the businesses to comply with our requirements. For example, this might mean a business moving from having a commercial waste bin to a bag collection service presented for collection at agreed times.

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