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Commercial waste and recycling

What is Commercial waste?

Any material or item which your business have no further use for and wish to be removed. It might be capable of repair and re-use but you are discarding it.

Commercial waste includes any waste that comes from: 

  • any commercial activity - including any you run from your home or waste that has been generated from a property you own and are investing in.
  • construction
  • demolition
  • industry
  • agriculture.

Your responsibilities

By Law, since 1990, it has been a responsibility of “any commercial activity” – whether run from home or its own premises – to manage the waste it produces safely and responsibly. 

This is known as your duty of care. 

If it’s not managed properly, waste can pose a threat to the environment and human health. It is also a valuable resource which can often be reused or recycled. Duty of Care ensures that waste is handled in a responsible way.

What is my duty of care?

You have a duty of care to ensure your waste is properly disposed of and if you don't this can be legally enforced.

Your Duty of Care starts from the moment you either produce the waste or when the waste becomes your responsibility.

You need to satisfy yourself that not only have you managed the waste correctly, but also that the person that it is given to next is permitted to deal with it and that it will be handled correctly. 

This is important as failure to comply with the Law could result in fines. 

For further information on your duty of care please visit: 

You can also download 'A simple guide to duty of care for your waste'.

Can I take waste to the local household recycling centre?


Business or commercial waste is not accepted at the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Telford and Wrekin, these sites are provided for the disposal of household waste only. 

You are responsible for the cost of your commercial waste, this is not funded by Council Tax.

The Council is responsible for the collection and disposal of Household Waste, which is generated by our residents from non-business activities. This service is funded by Council Tax.

Last updated: 16/05/2022 08:45

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