All businesses produce waste and have a legal responsibility to arrange for the safe disposal of this waste.
Important facts about commercial waste disposal:
- Waste disposal is not covered in your business rates and is therefore something that you need to pay for separately
- The council's household recycling centres (HRCs) are for household waste only and therefore will not accept any business waste.
- Household waste and recycling containers are also for household waste only. This means that you should not dispose of your business waste in your kerbside containers at home.
You have a legal responsibility to ensure that you produce, store, transport and dispose of your business waste without harming the environment and this is called your duty of care. In most cases this involves arranging a contract with a registered waste carrier such as North Lincolnshire council.
For more information about the commercial waste and recycling collections offered by the council, including prices and sizes of containers, call the Commercial Waste Helpline on 01724 297848 or visit our commercial waste and commercial recycling pages.
The business waste handbook
North Lincolnshire Council, in partnership with Leeds City Council has created a new handbook to help North Lincolnshire businesses save money by reducing their waste.
Please visit our business waste handbook page for more information and to download the handbook.
Every Can Counts
North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging businesses across the area to sign up to the Every Can Counts campaign. It is easy to set up and to order the free starter pack, which provides a range of eye catching communications materials to help you inform, engage and motivate people to recycle.
Every part of every drink can is 100 per cent recyclable. In around six weeks empty cans saved for recycling can be reprocessed and remade back into more cans or other metal products in an endless loop. Every time a can is recycled it saves natural resources and energy, cutting carbon emissions.
Recycling one tonne of aluminum saves nine tonnes of CO2. One tonne of CO2 is equivalent to driving 2,800 miles (Source: DEFRA/WRAP, 2007).
So how about your business – are your staff and customers able to make every can count? Whether you get a couple of cans a week or many, this scheme provides a simple and convenient way to collect drink cans. For more information and to sign up for the free starter pack please visit the Every Can Counts website or call 01527 597757.
Can-culate the potential of your recycling
The Can-culate calculates how many drink cans an organisation could save for recycling over a year. It then compares the potential energy savings gained by recycling to the running time of everyday office appliances to help illustrate the impact of recycling every can.
The waste hierarchy
The waste hierachy ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment. It gives top priority to preventing waste in the first place. When waste is created it gives priority to preparing it for reuse, recycling, recovery and last of all disposal, for example landfill.
Therefore, businesses will now need to take all such measures as are reasonable to apply the waste hierarchy to prevent waste, and to apply the hierarchy as a priority order when you transfer waste to another person.
Further information on your legal obligations with regards to the disposal of commercial waste and the waste hierarchy can be found on the Defra website.
Commercial waste information
For information about the commercial waste and recycling collections offered by the council, including prices and size of containers, call the Commercial Waste Helpline on 01724 297848 or see the more information on the right.
For alternative disposal routes for trade waste, please use your local Yellow Pages, search the internet for local service providers or visit the online waste directory.
Businesses can also make use of online waste exchanges to help divert waste away from landfill. Here you can search for and advertise waste on exchange sites such as redundant stock, surplus raw materials and other waste that could be reused or recycled. For more details visit Why Waste?, a free online waste exchange for businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber region or see the leaflet below.
Why waste leaflet
Businesses can also make use of CO2Sense's guidance, which aims to deliver a sustainable support programme for business growth opportunities so that Yorkshire and the Humber can lead the way in the recycling and reprocessing market place.
For information on waste and recycling collections from your home please visit our waste and recycling pages.
Please see the Health and Safety Executive website for advice relating to larger waste containers and guidance on the prevention of serious injuries caused by them.