Disposing of your business waste correctly
Is your business disposing of its waste correctly?
Every business that produces waste in the UK has a legal ‘duty of care’ to:
- manage it properly until it's recycled or disposed of
- always use a registered waste carrier or register to carry your own waste
- keep the correct paperwork for at least two years.
Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure your household or business waste is disposed of correctly. If it's your waste, it's YOUR responsibility...
- Suspect all waste carriers. Don't let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration. Note their vehicle's registration plate.
- Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.
- Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
- Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of - seek evidence of this.
- Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.
A lack of understanding will not protect you in court.
Why do I need to have a business waste collection service?
- It’s the law! All waste produced by your business no matter how small is classified as business waste and as such it is illegal to dispose of this via the household waste and recycling services provided by the council
- You may be subjected to a fine if you use household services or are found to be disposing of waste illegally
- Waste collection is not included as part of your business rates
Get help complying with the law:
- GOV.UK - Dispose of business or commercial waste
- Right Waste Right Place
- National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group