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Business owners or managers have a legal responsibility for disposing of waste produced by their company. Waste must be collected by a licensed waste carrier or it can be disposed of directly at a permitted waste site.

It is your responsibility to keep records of waste transfer notes for at least 2 years and ensure that anyone collecting your waste has a waste carrier license by checking the Environment Agency's public register or call 08708 506506. If you don't you could be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

It is an offence to take business waste into any household recycling centre.

For advice on how to deal with business waste go to the Environment Agency website.

Disposing of trade waste

Businesses have a legal obligation to dispose of their waste responsibly. Certain waste types need special care.

District councils

District councils are obliged to provide a chargeable collection service if requested. If you have any questions in relation to the collection of trade waste please contact your district council.

Private contractors

Private contractors provide a range of waste management services including:

  • waste disposal
  • recycling
  • waste transfer
  • waste collection 
  • skip hire

Take it to be disposed of

The Environment Agency has a list of landfill sites and other waste facilities to which you can take your trade waste.

You can contact the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506.

Dispose of waste on your land

Activities such as burning or burying waste or spreading manure require environmental permit exemptions or regulations to be followed (even if carried out on your own land).

For comprehensive information and advice on trade waste go to the Environment Agency website.

Reuse and recycle your business waste

You can reduce your waste management costs (including the amount of landfill tax you pay) by reducing, reusing and recycling your waste. To find out more go to:

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