As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, approximately £115 million is being invested in Glasgow city centre to deliver the “Avenues” programme, which will result in a transformation of the city centre’s streetscape and public realm – making it more “people-friendly”, more attractive, greener, more sustainable and more economically competitive.

Glasgow City Council has also secured an additional £21 million from Sustrans that will enable the delivery of an additional four Avenue projects. These projects will allow the Council to deliver on a key recommendation made as part of the recent Connectivity Commission: The acceleration and expansion of the Avenues programme into other areas of the city.

The project will deliver a key strategic objective of the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014-19: an integrated network of continuous pedestrian and cycle routes across the city centre.

Design and construction work is being phased over the period 2018 to 2028. Construction work began with the Sauchiehall Street “pilot” Avenue in 2018 and was completed in 2019.

Community Benefits

The EIIPR programme is essentially a quality place-making scheme that will transform 21 key streets and adjacent areas (or “Avenues”) in Glasgow city centre, through the introduction of an improved external environment that will rebalance traffic modes, introduce green and SMART infrastructure, and place “people” firmly at the heart of the project vision and design strategy. 

The ambitious project aims to transform the face of the city for all those who live, work and visit.  It will see key Glasgow city-centre streets redesigned to protect and prioritise space for cyclists and pedestrians, improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes and enhancing biodiversity and improve the way public transport is accommodated.  

The improvements include:

  • Increased pedestrian / cycle space
  • Continuous footways
  • Segregated cycle lanes
  • Green/Blue Infrastructure
  • Reduced street clutter
  • Intelligent Street Lighting (ISL) and improved lighting features


The current projects are listed below:

  • The Underline (Cambridge Street and New City Road)
  • Argyle St West (M8 – Hope St)
  • Sauchiehall St Precinct
  • Argyle Street East
  • St Enoch’s Square & Dixon Street
  • North Hanover Street & Kyle Street
  • Cathedral Street & Bath Street
  • Holland Street & Pitt Street
  • Elmbank St & Elmbank Crescent
  • Glassford Street & Stockwell Street
  • Broomielaw & Clyde St
  • George Square
  • Dundas Street & Dundas Lane
  • John Street
  • St Vincent Street & Place
  • Hanover Street & Miller Street
  • George St
  • IFSD West
  • Hope St & Oswald St
  • Cowcaddens Road
  • Duke St & John Knox St
  • Dobbie’s Loan
  • South Portland St
Lane Activation Fund

Lane Activation Fund

Lane Activation Fund

The Lane Activation Fund (LAF) has been established to help activate and enhance the city centre lanes and is an important stimulus for animating our vibrant city centre. It has been created to enable businesses and communities to work with artists and creative industries to develop activity in the lanes whilst inviting residents and visitors to think about lanes more positively.

The LAF will fund temporary projects/events in the lane such as festival style projects or pop-ups that bring people to the lane and promote collaboration with the creative industries or bring economic opportunities to local businesses. Enlivening the lanes through greenery will also be considered. The grant is a maximum of £5,000.

Proposals are accepted online and will be reviewed within 20 working days. Applications should be sent in by the first Tuesday of each calendar month.

As this is a pilot, the LAF will be available for 2 years before being evaluated.
Full application guidelines and forms can be found here: www.glasgow.gov.uk/laneactivation

City Centre Murals

City Centre Murals

City Centre Murals

The trail took me to areas of Glasgow that I did not know existed. I felt safe throughout my visit and enjoyed the beautiful artworks. What a great way to see the city and delve a little deeper into its past as well. I hope there will be further additions to this fantastic attraction, so I may revisit again.

–      Tourist, Vancouver

It was a great way to see Glasgow and even though we live in Glasgow we loved seeing our city a different way. The Murals are fab and even though we must have passed many of them while driving you see them in more detail. Highly recommend this tour.

–      Resident, Glasgow

The mural art in this town is outstanding, unlike anything I’ve seen. I’m a huge tiger fan so had to see #9 (tiger right on the river walk) but they are all amazing

–      Tourist, Illinois

The trail takes you through much of the city and large parts of the trail are walkable in a couple of hours. The art is absolutely fantastic

–      Tourist, India

If you are in Glasgow this walking trail is a must do. The sheer size of some of the murals takes your breath away.

–      Tourist, Finland

All reviews from Trip Advisor.
Glasgow City Centre Mural Fund

This scheme offers support towards the costs involved in creating and delivering new inspiring installations in prominent city centre locations. Aimed at improving the image of buildings, gable ends or sites across Glasgow city centre, the work will help to enhance the look of the area and add to the experience of visitors to Glasgow while also contributing to local regeneration.

This opportunity exists for artists to bring their ideas to life and provide a platform for their talent to be showcased. It will add to the growing reputation of Glasgow’s arts community and contribute to the City’s image as a cultural centre.

The chosen site for the mural image must be within the following City centre area, a boundary map can be found attached to the Guidance Notes.

Application Form and Guidance Notes

Application form and guidelines are available below with full details about the fund, please read the guidance note and download and complete the application form:

The Mural Trail

The City Centre Mural Trail features a diverse range of arts set within one easy walking area. The huge range of artwork on display has something to suit all tastes – conservative to radical, quirky to bizarre.

The murals have been produced on buildings, vacant shop units, and on hoardings around vacant land. The first artwork was produced in 2008 and this portfolio of completed works has expanded since. Find out more on this YouTube video.

Commercial Waste Project

Commercial Waste Project

Commercial Waste Project

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Council doing this?

Glasgow is a vibrant bustling city with a wide variety of attractions and activities. This new approach will help make Glasgow a cleaner, greener and safer city whilst encouraging more visitors to spend time in the city centre. Waste permanently stored on our streets attracts vermin, causes litter and obstruction issues for people with mobility issues. Improving the appearance of our streets will benefit all who use them – and be good for businesses too.

Where will I keep my waste outside the collection time? We don’t have any space for bins?

Your business waste is your responsibility and will need to be stored within your property or on private land. Please speak to your trade waste contractor in the first instance. Some useful ways to manage this may include having your waste collected from within your business, increasing the frequency of collections, using collapsible bins or sharing bins with neighbouring businesses. There are also a number of trade waste collectors operating in Glasgow city centre that can help you explore the options available.

But more frequent collections will cost me more money?

Having waste collected more frequently may carry an increased cost; however recycling more may result in saving money. Waste (Scotland) Regulations require you to follow the waste hierarchy: most-favoured-option By analysing the waste you produce and following the waste hierarchy you may lower the amount of waste you produce and the collections you therefore require. See Resource Efficient Scotland – Save Money on Waste.

What happens if my trade waste contractor fails to pick up or is late?

If for some reason, your trade waste contractor cannot collect your waste you will have to take it off the street and re-arrange collection. It is not acceptable to put out your waste and leave it when your business is closed; this is a failure in your duty of care.

Can I place my glass waste in bags for uplift?

No. Trade waste sacks/bags are not suitable for glass, which may get broken and burst the bag. Placing glass waste in bags is not acceptable due to the risk of injury to your staff, members of the public or trade waste contractor personnel. Please speak to your trade waste contractor to look at alternative options including smaller containers which can be stored on your property and/or the frequency of your uplifts.

I keep my bins on my own property, will this affect me?

No, if your bins are collected from within your premises or on your private land then these changes will not affect you.

My bins are on a private lane, will this affect me?

The Council is making these changes in accordance with various legislative provisions including the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. Section 151 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 defines a “road”.  A road means any way over which there is a public right of passage. Therefore, if your bins are kept in a lane, which the public can pass through and this meets the statutory definition of a road, then you will still need to present your waste in allocated time slots.

What will happen if I do not comply?

We will work with you and your business as much as possible to help you comply with these changes. Should your trade waste be found on the street out with the allotted time slots, or for longer than one hour, enforcement action may be taken under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which could lead to a fine of up to £1000. If you are concerned about not being compliant or want advice please do not hesitate to contact us, we are committed to helping and supporting you to improve the appearance of Glasgow.

Has this been tested anywhere else?

The City of Westminster, Manchester and Edinburgh have all successfully employed a similar system with a significant improvement to their appearance. See Edinburgh Trade Waste Case Studies.

Who can I contact for further assistance?

You should contact your trade waste contractor in the first instance for further assistance. Should you have any further enquires please contact the Customer Care Centre team on: 0141 287 1059 (option 3)

I have food waste, how can I store this indoors?


Food businesses must have adequate provision for the storage and disposal of food waste and other refuse. To comply with the collection windows, it will be necessary to temporarily store food waste within food premises. The legislation that is relevant includes EC Regulation 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The following will help you to comply with food hygiene and health and safety requirements and protect against rodent and insect pests:

  1. Any changes to your food waste storage and handling procedures must be risk-assessed. This should take into account the individual circumstances of your premises, the waste you store, the impact that it will have and the level of risk involved
  2. Consider different ways of food waste disposal. This could include more frequent uplifts of smaller quantities of waste.
  3. Encourage a litter conscious attitude and code of conduct amongst staff at every level. Train new staff to follow these guidelines.
  4. Ensure bins are a sufficient size for the quantity of litter produced
  5. Food waste and refuse must be removed from designated food storage and preparation areas regularly.
  6. Internal refuse stores must be away from food storage/handling areas.
  7. Food waste must be stored in closable rigid pest and leak proof containers within the premises.
  8. Food waste must not be allowed to accumulate or decompose. It should not be stockpiled for any more than 2 days. This time can be extended if refrigerated refuse stores are provided or if storage areas are very cold during the winter months.
  9. Areas used as refuse stores must be designed and managed in such a way as to enable them to be kept clean and free of animals and pests. Walls and floors must be washable/easy to clean.
  10. Carry out regular clean ups, including the rear of premises, car parks and delivery and storage areas.
  11. Waste cooking oil must be up-lifted by a SEPA approved carrier for recycling. It must not be poured down drains and must be kept separate from other food waste.
  12. Under Waste (Scotland) Regulations it is no longer permitted to discharge food waste to a public drain or a sewer by using, for example a macerator.
  13. Hand hygiene is essential when handling food waste. Staff must always wash their hands thoroughly after handling waste.
  14. You should, wherever possible, avoid manual handling of loads if there is a possibility of injury.  If manual lifting is the only option then there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk of injury to people, including;
  • assessing the manual handling activity to identify any specific risks
  • making the load smaller or lighter and easier to lift
  • providing lifting aids/equipment
  • improving the environment – e g better lighting, flooring or air temperature can sometimes make manual handling easier and safer
  • ensuring the person doing the lifting has been trained to lift as safely as possible.

The Council has changed its procedure for the way businesses put their trade waste containers out on public spaces. This has helped to make Glasgow City Centre a cleaner, greener and safer city. Trade waste is only be allowed on the streets at certain times of the day. This means you will need to store your business waste in your own premises or land and then put it out for collection during a pre-arranged time slot.

What you have to do

From Sunday 1st April 2018, commercial waste bins can only be put out for collection on streets during the following times:

– 07:30 – 11:00
– 17:00 – 23.00

  • Within these times, waste is only allowed to be put out for up to 1 hour. It is your responsibility to arrange when your waste will be collected with your waste contractor. If your waste remains uncollected, you should remove it from the street, store it on your premises and contact your waste contractor to rearrange collection.
  • All bags and bins must be clearly marked with your business’ names and time of collection
  • Waste may only be placed on the street when the business is staffed and never overnight

Waste containers must be placed as near to the edge of a business’ property as possible, whilst ensuring there is clear pedestrian access. You must not block the pavement or road.

From Saturday 15th September, the project will be rolling out to the North West of the city (see map). For further details on time windows, help and support available and business leaflets please see https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/tradewasteprocedures

Glasgow City Timescale

The attached maps outline each phase of the project roll out. If you store your bin(s) permanently on public space you must remove them as instructed and adhere to the new waste presentation system within the timescales outlined in each phase.

Business Leaflets – Phase 2

For further information please download the documents below:

Help and support

We will work with you and your business as much as possible to help you comply with these changes. There are organisations that will be able to offer you assistance on how to save money on your trade waste. Further support can be found in the following links:

Save money on trade waste

Reduce waste

Your duty of care  

City Centre Case Studies

Rab Ha’s
Rab Ha’s is a busy bar in the vibrant Merchant City area of Glasgow. Owner Robert Mullen knew that when the new trade waste rules came in he would need a service that was not only compliant but also worked for the bar. Changeworks Recycling Sales Manager, Katy Murdoch met with Robert and designed a bespoke recycling and waste management service for the bar. The new service means that the bar now easily recycles paper, cardboard, glass, cans, plastic and food. In this video case study Robert explains why he chose Changeworks Recycling and what further measures Rab Ha’s has taken to reduce waste.

Case Study – Rab Ha’s from Changeworks Recycling on Vimeo.

Festive Lighting

Festive Lighting

Festive Lighting


Keen to improve upon its existing Festive Lighting programme, Glasgow City Council drafted proposals to introduce additional catenary lighting infrastructure at various locations within the city centre, as part of the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014 – 2019.

From previous experience it is recognised that lighting features enhance public spaces and assist in increasing footfall. Our aim is to promote the city centre, make it more attractive and give it landmarks and feature points that will attract more visitors.


An analysis of the city centre was conducted, and a number of lanes and streets were identified as locations that would benefit from this type of intervention. The lighting features installed are similar to those that have been installed within Royal Exchange Square in recent years. Through securing the permissions from a variety of adjacent building proprietors, this intervention was able to take place in some of the proposed locations.

Going forward it is hoped that even more permissions can be secured, increasing the scope of the city centre festive lighting programme.

Sauchiehall District