All businesses produce waste and therefore have a legal responsibility to arrange for the safe disposal of this waste.
You have a legal responsibility to ensure that you store, transport and dispose of your commercial waste without harming the environment. This is called your duty of care. In most cases this involves arranging a contract with a registered waste carrier such as the council. For more information about our commercial waste and recycling services please contact us.
The duty of care is a law which says that you must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. If you give your waste to someone else, you must be sure they are authorised to take it, transport it, recycle and dispose of it safely.
Important facts about commercial waste disposal:
- In January 2015 the law changed on how the council and other waste management companies are allowed to collect recyclable materials. Where necessary and possible, glass, metals, paper, cardboard and plastic need to be collected separately and kept separated. The aim is to increase recycling and improve the quality of the materials collected. The law requires that we must collect this separately from your general waste.
- Waste disposal is not covered in your business rates and is therefore something that you need to pay for separately.
- Disposal of commercial waste by burning, using your household waste and recycling bins or boxes, disposing of it through one of the established Household Recycling Centres or Community Recycling Centres are not legitimate options.
Please read the following documents for more information:
- Acceptable waste criteria [PDF, 58Kb]
- List and description of European Waste Code (EWC)
- Environment Protection Act 1990
- New Hazardous/Special Waste Legislation [PDF, 53Kb]