A PILOT project to remove unsightly waste bins from city centre streets has been approved by Inverness councillors.
Although it is still at early stages, the scheme could see some businesses managing their waste with bags while others are equipped with smaller bins kept on the premises until they are due to be collected.
Communal bin stores could also be established where larger bins could be retained but screened from view.
Highland Council’s Inverness area committee agreed yesterday that there will be a consultation period with businesses and the public, plus a survey before a full launch provisionally set for March 5.
The pilot will encompass much of the Old Town on the Eastgate side of High Street including Church Street, Union Street and Inglis Street along with Baron Taylor’s Street, Drummond Street and Lombard Street.
It was felt that the scheme should encompass full streets as opposed to partially covering a street.
Inverness Millburn councillor Jimmy Gray gave a cautious welcome to the project.
"Some would say this is long overdue," said the Labour representative. "Businesses need to take ownership of their own waste and not lay the responsibility with the council.
"I welcome this generally but we now need to enforce it and I think it’s going to be difficult. If it was easily resolved, it would be resolved before now."
A similar project in Edinburgh has been credited with cutting back on the number of large unsightly trade waste bins there.