Government regulations require commercial waste to be disposed of in a specific way. Failure to comply with these rules can result in financial penalties. To prevent problems like this, why not hire a skip hire company with in-depth knowledge of commercial waste, tipping and disposal instead?
Whether you decide to go it alone or hire an experienced skip hire company, our indispensable guide will help you understand your obligations.
What is meant by commercial waste?
Defining commercial waste is important. If you run a company, organisation, school, or office, any waste produced on site will be considered commercial by your local council.
Examples of commercial waste include, but are not limited to:
- Food containers
- Cardboard boxes
By hiring a licensed skip hire company you’ll be able to dispose of such items legally and without the risk of penalty. Either way, you still need to understand your legal responsibilities.
Commercial waste: your legal responsibilities
In a worst-case scenario your organisation or business could be fined for illegally disposing of commercial waste.
Here are some tips to guide you:
- Sort and store your waste. Separate waste into dedicated watertight containers to prevent leaking and label them — so employees know what’s inside.
- Minimise commercial waste. Eliminating waste entirely is impossible but you can reduce how much you produce. This will save your business money and reduce impact on the local environment.
- Waste transfer notes. If you offload commercial waste yourself — instead of using a skip hire company — you’ll need a waste transfer note. These can be obtained digitally and must be retained for two years in case the Environment Agency visits your premises.
- Hazardous waste. Do you store hazardous waste like pesticides, solvents, asbestos, or other chemicals? Then your duty of care will be more complex, and it might make sense to hire a local recycling company to undertake the work.
Disposing of commercial waste correctly
How you dispose of commercial waste will depend on the size of your organisation or business and how much waste you produce. Whichever method you choose, it should be designed with cost-efficiency in mind and save you money.
Dispose of waste yourself
Smaller businesses sometimes prefer to handle their own commercial waste. If you decide to go down this route, register as a waste carrier and check which permits are required.
This method is risky because mistakes can be made that result in fines of up to £5,000 just for failing to register as a carrier.
Hire a professional firm
A skip hire company like ours can handle your waste needs and scale with you. This means you’ll be able to concentrate on what you do best: running your business.
A professional firm will be able to provide:
- Roll on/roll off bins if your organisation or business handles large quantities of waste on a regular basis.
- Large or small skips to help you dispose of unwanted waste on a long- or short-term basis.
- Refuse and trade waste bins to help you separate your general and recyclable waste.
Take the next step…
Googling ‘skip hire near me’? Why not talk to one of our experts? We’ll tailor a solution to meet your commercial waste needs that fits your budget too.