Waste Storage and Presentation

Every business has a legal responsibility for the waste they generate.


Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended) require that businesses must ‘prevent the escape of waste’.

This means you must:

  • Store your waste in a secure place and use suitable containers, in good condition, to prevent your waste escaping.
  • Ensure that any escaped waste is picked up and disposed of by yourself or a member of your staff. You are responsible for any pollution and litter caused by materials that come from your site.
  • Ensure that your waste containers are presented with closed lids and secured i.e. locked to prevent the escape of waste and to ensure that others (including animals and birds) cannot tamper with your waste. Please see examples of waste presentation below.

Picture of a correctly presented bin - Lid is closed and no rubbish around it.Picture of an Incorrectly presented bin - Rubbish lying around and lid cannot be closed due to excess rubbish.


Waste and bins on the street


Commercial waste containers are not allowed to be stored on Fife’s roads and pavements.

Businesses must store their commercial waste containers at their premises at all times (except when they are out for collection).

Commercial waste containers must:

  1. Be returned to the business premises as soon as the commercial waste has been collected.
  2. Not be left out for collection longer than is necessary.
  3. Only be put out for collection on the day of uplift arranged with your waste contactor.
  4. Only be placed on the street when the business is staffed and not overnight.
  5. Be placed as near to the edge of a business' property as possible, whilst ensuring there is pedestrian access, whilst waiting to be emptied. You must not block the pavement or road.


Limited space to store waste container/s at your property?


Speak to your contractor about other options for example:

  • Reducing the size of your external waste container/s
  • Increasing frequency of collections
  • Consider sharing bins/storage space with neighbouring businesses
  • Opting for waste sacks (we advise that these are presented in a gull proof bag)


Gull proof bag


A gull proof bag is usually a large sack made of thick plastic that holds a number of standard sized waste sacks, it allows your waste sacks to be stored inside when left out for collection.

The gull proof bag will prevent your commercial waste sacks from blowing away or being punctured by seagulls or other pests causing a mess, which your business is responsible for.


Help and support


We understand some businesses may find it difficult to store their waste containers at their premises. If you can’t find a solution and require further advice or support please contact us on the details below.

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