Commercial waste advice

Commercial waste is any waste produced by a business on its premises. This may consist of waste paper, employee’s food waste and other waste produced as a result of the service you provide.

Commercial waste may also be referred to as business waste or trade waste.

Every business has a legal duty to be responsible when storing and disposing of their waste.

Business responsibilities are set out under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It states that you must:

  • only allow an authorised person to dispose of your waste
  • keep a written record of the waste taken by the waste disposal company – these waste transfer notes must be kept for at least two years
  • must not take commercial waste home to be disposed

Our Recycling and Enforcement Team offer advice on how best to dispose of your business waste. The team will also carry out ‘on the spot’ inspections of businesses to ensure compliance. We may take enforcement action against any businesses found to be illegally disposing of their waste.

Commercial waste advice enquiry form