Any businesses/trades waste is classed as commercial waste and cannot be disposed of in your normal 'household waste' bin or deposited at a Community Recycling Centre.
Businesses have a legal responsibility to ensure that any waste they produce, store, transport or dispose of is done so without harming the environment or human health – this is called ‘Duty of Care’. You can view more information on ‘Duty of Care’ on the Environmental Agency website.
Commercial waste collections are chargeable and do not form part of your Business Rates.
We don't make commercial waste collections unless you make a specific request for us to do so (if you ask for the Council to collect we will charge for the service), but there are a number of registered waste carriers who can help you ensure you are complying with the law.
Transferring waste to an unregistered company or person, or failing to provide a waste transfer note is an offence. Those found guilty on conviction are also subject to a fine up to £5,000.
It is also a criminal offence to dump waste (fly-tip) on public/private land. If caught and convicted in a Magistrates Court it could mean a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 12 months in prison. If convicted in a Crown Court, this could be an unlimited fine and/or up to five years in prison.
- Keep Britain Tidy
- Environmental Protection Act 1990: (Sections 33, 34 and 47)