Commercial or business waste is derived from a business premises that’s used predominantly for trade, sport, entertainment or recreation. It does not encapsulate industrial or household waste; only waste created from any type of commercial activity. Commercial waste also incorporates refuse created following gardening and building work on a residential property, providing the individual undertaking the work is not the homeowner.
If the waste you create derives from one or more of the following processes, you have a legal duty to ensure it is disposed of in a legal manner:
- Waste from rented properties encountered by a landlord or their letting agent.
- Waste derived at residential properties by contractors and builders.
- Waste collected from a residential property by a commercial organisation in exchange for payment.
- Waste from a residential property brought to a recycling site by anyone other than the homeowner.
- Waste from home-based business activities such as hairdressing, accountancy, woodwork etc.
- Any additional commercial waste defined by the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012
As a business owner, it is your legal responsibility to ensure all your waste is handled and disposed of properly. You are required to comply with the Duty of Care legislation which demonstrates how commercial or business waste should be stored, transported, disposed of and recorded.
If you wish to dispose of your own commercial or business waste you are also required to register as a waste carrier wherever you live in the UK. If someone else transports your waste it’s important to make sure of the following:
- The individual or business involved is authorised to carry your waste. All companies licenced to carry or accept commercial waste are listed on the Environment Agency’s Public Registers. At Reclamet you will find us on the Waste Carriers Register for England.
- Insist that all waste is transported to a licensed or exempt recycling site.
- Supply a waste transfer note to your carrier, including a complete description of the waste, signed by both your business and the waste carrier and sign the declaration on the transfer note.
In terms of waste storage, the Duty of Care legislation states you must store it securely on-site in containers that protect it from being contaminated with the wider environment or being disturbed by animals.
Aside from storing your waste correctly, you also need a business you can rely on to collect and transport your potentially hazardous substances to an approved site for disposal or recycling. From corroding electronics to a pile of sharp scrap metal which, if left unattended, could harm wildlife.