Businesses produce commercial waste, which is unable to be dealt with in the same way as household waste. There are a number of facilities across York and North Yorkshire for dealing with commercial waste.
What is Commercial Waste?
Commercial waste is waste that is produced by businesses, trade and commercial premises. Commercial waste is regulated by waste laws.
Examples of commercial waste include (but is not limited to):
Your Duty of Care
If you produce, store, transport and dispose of commercial waste you have a legal duty to ensure you do so without harming the environment. This is called your duty of care. You must ensure that anyone who handles your waste complies with waste legislation; they also have a duty of care for any waste they handle. Further information on waste legislation can be found on the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
What we can do to help
To help you deal with your business waste, commercial waste can be collected from the premises or delivered to certain household waste disposal sites within York and North Yorkshire.
Commercial waste collections
Collections of commercial waste can be arranged with the council in your area. Please contact the council for details of items that can be collected, collection times and costs.
Business Waste Handbook
To help with reducing, reusing and recycling business waste, each Council has produced a Business Waste Handbook to provide specific information and tips for offices and businesses involved in catering, construction, retail, leisure and tourism, printing and manufacturing.
The handbook gives advice on reducing the amount of waste created, reusing materials and recycling as much as possible, as well as waste audits and a guide to legislation. There is also a list of organisations which can provide further information, guidance and funding to help businesses make changes. Look on on the Council web pages above for a link to your local Business Waste Handbook. The handbook for the whole York and North Yorkshire area is available at the bottom of this page.
Household waste recycling centres
Commercial waste can be delivered to some household waste recycling centres at a charge. Please contact your relevant council for full details on delivering commercial waste.
Alternatives for Commercial Waste
People who can collect your waste include:
Or you could transport your own waste to a disposal or recycling centre. You can take it on to:
Further information on commercial waste can be found on the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk.