Time-Banding Zones (T-Zones) are in place in some areas of the city. This means trade waste bins and bags, including charity bins, can only be put out on roads and pavements at certain times.
Find out if your business is in a T-Zone
To find out if your business is in a T-Zone, you can:
What this means for your business
If your business is in a T-Zone, you'll only be able to put your waste bins and bags out for collection on your agreed collection day, between 6pm and 9am.
At all other times, you must store your waste bins and bags off the public highway. If you don't, you may get a fine.
When you put your waste bins and bags out for collection, make sure you:
- keep them as close to your property as possible
- don't block the pavement or road
If your waste does not get collected on your agreed collection day, you must remove it from the highway. Contact your waste provider to report any missed collections.
If you're using sacks or bags, ensure they're vermin-proof. Hessian bags are best for this.
The Environmental Enforcement Team will patrol T-Zones as part of their daily routine to deal with environmental crimes.
If your business has left a waste bin or bag on the public highway outside the time-banding, you may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. This is a fine of £110 under section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990).
If you use a bin which is stored on and collected from private land within the T-Zone, the time banding does not affect how your waste is collected.
Label your trade bin
All trade bins must have a label on them to show who the bin belongs to.
If you don't label your bin, you may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. This is a fine of £110 under section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990).
Find out what to do if you get an environmental fixed penalty notice.
What you need to do
We recommend you discuss your waste management needs with your waste management provider.
If you don't have any labels to label your bins ask your provider for some.
Some options to consider:
- arrange for collections to take place from private land or property
- arrange for a member of staff to be there to bring your bins out for collection
- change your collection time with your waste provider, or change your provider
- arrange for a smaller container and more frequent collections
- use sack-style collections from waste collection providers
- use the council’s commercial sack scheme for refuse which can be placed in a communal bin
- work with other businesses who may have some space on private property
- get in touch with a similar company in another area which has time banded collections
- think of ways to reduce your waste
- use other businesses or circular economy initiatives that may have a use for your waste
If your current waste provider can’t help you, try another provider. There is a large number in the city.
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