Commercial waste

Your responsibilities

Businesses have a duty to organise their own commercial waste removal and recycling.

You must sign a trade refuse agreement with a carrier who is legally authorised to carry waste and pay the charges. Keep a copy of all documentation for two years. You can be prosecuted if you cannot produce full records for the last two years. See GOV.UK for further information on disposal of commercial waste.

Illegal dumping of waste

If your waste is discovered to have been disposed of illegally, even by your carrier, your company will face legal proceedings. The council can issue a £300 fixed penalty charge or take action via the Magistrates' Court where the maximum fine is £5,000, if you are found guilty.