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Changes to commercial and trade waste disposal come into force from 1 April 2018.

Changes to commercial and trade waste disposal come into force from 1 April 2018.

29 March
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Commercial and trade waste will no longer be accepted at any of West Lothian Council's Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) from 1 April 2018.

Previously commercial companies had to pay a permit which allowed them to dispose of waste at CRCs. The council is no longer issuing permits and commercial companies will have to dispose of their waste at alternative, privately owned recycling centres in West Lothian. Costs at privately owned recycling centres are in line with what West Lothian Council previously charged, so there should be minimal impact upon traders.

Community Recycling Centres are also being re-named Household Waste Recycling Centres to reflect the changes.

From 1 April, any van, trailer or flatbed trailers trying to enter Household Waste Recycling Centres will not be granted access without a Residential Exemption Permit. The Permit will allow a West Lothian householder - using vans and hire vans for a period over 72 hours - to visit the site 24 times in a year to dispose of their own household waste only. Only one permit can be issued per household and there is no cost for these permits to householders.

However a West Lothian household hiring a van for a period of 72 hours and under will still be allowed to dispose of waste without a Residential Exemption Permit, as long as they can show photo ID (driving license or passport), proof of residence (council tax bill, bank statement or utility bill from last 6 months) and a copy of the hire contract to staff onsite each time they visit.

The Scottish Government - who provide the council with 80% of its funding - has given the council a real terms decrease in core funding of £7.5 million for 2018/19. However, West Lothian's population is expected to increase by 10,000 over the next five years, increasing demand for council services such as schools and social care. This, combined with rising costs for services, means that the council's budget gap totals nearly £14 million for 2018/19 and £65 million over the next five years (2018/19 - 2022/23).

To allow West Lothian Council to balance its budget a number of changes to existing services are being made, including changes to what waste can be accepted and then disposed of at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

To assist traders with finding alternative waste disposal outlets, the council has prepared a list of local companies with a waste management licence that can accept waste. For more information, please visit:

West Lothian household can apply for a Residential Exemption Permit by:  

  • Complete the downloadable form available at and send the form, along with the supporting documentation required, to:
  • Send paper copies of completed form (available to download at: and all supporting documentation required to 4 Inchmuir Road, Whitehill Industrial Estate (Bathgate) EH48 2EP
  • Bring the completed form and supporting documentation in person to the Whitehill Service Centre 4 Inchmuir Road, Whitehill Industrial Estate (Bathgate) EH48 2EP between 9 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday

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