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Commercial Waste Management

Commercial Waste Management

Whatever your business, legally you are responsible for disposing of any waste created in a safe and regulated matter.  From small, one man band style businesses through large corporations, the business must ensure waste is properly dealt with, or risk being fined, and the fines can in fact be rather large.  If you move, handle or dispose of waste yourself, there are regulations which must be adhered to.  Check your local council’s website for further details.

Business waste consists of any waste materials produced by:
Commercial activities, including any activity carried out in your office or if working from home

The law is based in two Acts:

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 3

This lays out your business’ duty of care towards waste management.  The easiest and safest way to do this is to engage a registered commercial waste carrier.  As a business, it is your responsibility to check this carrier is licensed and disposing of rubbish legally.  If you use an unlicensed carrier, then it is in fact an offence on your part.  If you are based on rented commercial premises, then check your contract carefully to see who is responsible for which waste produced by your company.

Your waste not be taken home or to public recycling facilities or domestic waste disposal sites.
Waste must be stored safely and securely
Waste must be separated
Waste must be stored in a secure place in suitable containers, including waterproof containers for any contaminating waste

Waste products must be accompanied by either a single ticket or a season waste transfer note on transportation.  To dispose of waste yourself, you will need a waste licence – check www.gov.uk for further details on how to apply and what is covered.
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