Trade, commercial or business waste can be defined as waste from premises used wholly or mainly for the purposes of a trade or business or for the purpose of sport, recreation, education or entertainment but not including household; agricultural or industrial waste. This also includes refuse from gardening and building work carried out on a domestic property, if the person carrying out the work is not the homeowner.
If you transport waste as part of your business then you will need to register with the Environment Agency. From January 2014 any business that normally transports their own waste must register as a lower-tier waste carrier to comply with recent changes to the England and Wales Waste Regulations. Registering in the lower tier normally costs nothing and lasts indefinitely, Businesses will not have to renew their registration unless their your situation changes but could face a fine of up to £5,000 if not registered. Registration is usually free for charities. For more information and to register click here
Local Council Trade Waste Services - Contacts
|Babergh District Council||Sarah Russell email@example.com 01787 313706|
|Forest Heath District Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org 01284 758800
|Ipswich Borough Council|
|Mid Suffolk District Council||Neil Lennon email@example.com 01449 778623|
|St. Edmundsbury Borough Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org 01284 758800
|Suffolk Coastal District Councilemail@example.com 01394 444000|
|Waveney District Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org 01502 527100|
|Suffolk County Council||Hilary Garlick email@example.com 01473 264048|
Trade Waste at Household Waste Recycling Centres
From Oct 2012 all 11 Household Waste Recycling Centres now accept commercial waste at a charge. The scheme is specifically targeted at small businesses and travelling tradesmen who may not have the resource or the volume of waste to justify a commercial collection. The trade waste will now be accepted within the household waste containers. Materials that are not accepted through the household service will also not be accepted from trade customers.
For details of trade waste prices visit the Trade Waste at Household Waste Recycling Centres page.
Legal requirements for businesses/Duty of Care
If you run a business you are legally responsible for making sure that your waste is handled and disposed of properly. You must comply with the Duty of Care legislation which sets out how commercial or business waste should be:
- Disposed of
Practical advice to enable businesses to comply with their legal requirements can be found on the Right Waste, Right Place website: www.rightwasterightplace.com
Storage of business waste
The Duty of Care makes it your responsibility to ensure that your waste is stored securely. It must be stored in secure containers that protect it from being blown away or disturbed by animals.
Transportation, handling and disposal
As a waste producer you have a duty of care to ensure your waste is managed lawfully even if you use another company to transport/dispose of it. You can deliver it yourself or have it collected by your local council trade waste service or use a licensed trade waste company.
As of January 2014 all businesses (and charities) must be registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency - including if you are carrying any kind of building or demolition waste (see below). If you transport your own waste (such as by-products of your business activity) or are a charity, then with a few exceptions registration is usually free.
Your business will also need to be registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency if you:
- Transport waste that is produced by another business or householder.
- Transport any kind of building or demolition waste or any business carrying soil or rubble (i.e. carpenters , kitchen and window fitters, painter and decorators, plumbers ).
To register as a waste carrier, search a list of registered waste carriers, or for further information contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506.
If someone else transports your waste you must make sure:
- The person is authorised to carry waste. All companies licenced to carry or accept waste are listed on the Environment Agency website – Public Registers. If they can't do this do not give them your waste, contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.
- Ensure the waste goes to a proper site, licensed or exempt.
- Give the carrier a completed waste transfer note. This must include a full description of the waste and be signed by you and the waste carrier.
- Ensure that a declaration is signed on the transfer note to indicate that you have applied the waste hierarchy to your waste.
When you hand over your waste to a third party, you must ensure every load of waste you produce is covered by a Waste Transfer Note, describing whether the waste is loose or contained and what it consists of. This protects the people that handle your waste and allows them to ensure that it is disposed of safely. You must keep records of these notes for at least two years. Find out more about Waste Transfer Notes from Business Link.
For more information on Duty of Care and your responsibilities visit the Environment Agency website.