Business and commercial waste
Business and commercial waste advice
Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste.
You will need to contract your local council’s waste department or a private waste removal company to remove waste safely and responsibly from your property.
Your local authority will specialise in waste removal for small and medium sized businesses that some larger private firms may not cater for.
Business and Commercial Waste
It is your responsibility to ensure that whoever takes away your waste disposes of it legally.
- Keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent it. Where possible you should reuse, recycle or recover waste.
- Sort and store waste safely and securely to enable it to be more easily recycled
- Complete a waste transfer notefor each load of waste that leaves your premises
- Check to see if your waste carrier is registered to dispose of waste
- Not allow the waste carrier to dispose of your waste illegally (and report them to Crimestoppersif they do)
There are extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste includes:
- Chemicals, such as brake fluid or print toner
- Oils (except edible ones), such as car oil
- Equipment containing ozone depleting substances, like fridges
- Hazardous waste containers
It is illegal to mix hazardous waste win non-hazardous waste or a different hazardous waste.
Your local council can help and advise you in a number of ways.
- Advise you on how to keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste.
- Visit your premises to assess the likely amount of waste your business activities will produce
- Help you dispose of waste, although there is no obligation for you to use council waste services.
- Advise on waste compliance measures and enforcement