Ensuring there’s as little rubbish as possible on the streets of Westminster is one of our key objectives. Ideally, all retail stores would have internal waste and recycling bins, as opposed to putting bags of rubbish on the street for collection. However, we realise that this simply isn’t possible in some cases, so there will always be a need for bagged waste to be collected from some streets in Westminster. To avoid these streets having an excessive amount of rubbish bags on them, there are rules in place which prevents this.
1. Place your bags out at the right time
There are set times in place for those who want to place rubbish bags and card bundles on the streets, ready for collection (this applies for both household and business waste, irrespective of who will collect them). You can find the collection times for every street in Westminster via this link.
It is important you only place out your rubbish bags 30 minutes prior to the start of the collection time. You can’t place rubbish bags on the street outside of collection times under any circumstance.
2. Your bags must be in the right place
Rubbish bags must be placed outside of your own store, or as close to it’s building the line as possible. Some types of waste are not permitted to be placed on the street for collection. To find out more about this, click here.
3. Your rubbish must be in the right bag
If our collection crew notice that rubbish is not being placed in the correct bag, it can be left behind – you are responsible for ensuring your rubbish is in the right bag. Find out more about presenting your rubbish in the right bag.
4. Bags must be closed and tied up, with no leaks
Rubbish bags come with a risk of leaking, which can cause staining and unsanitary patches on the street. You must ensure your rubbish bags don’t leak. See these tips on how to do this.
5. What happens if your rubbish is not presented correctly?
When rubbish is found out at the wrong time or in the wrong place, our enforcement officers will issue a fine or take prosecution action.
The Commercial Waste Service doesn’t look after the enforcement of waste rules and laws. This is done through the Street Management service who can issue fines (FPNs) and notices when rubbish is mismanaged (fly-tipping). This service operates on a 24/7 basis and are happy to assist you with any enforcement related questions. Find out more about what they do via this link.
Find out more about presenting rubbish bags in Westminster