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. Find out more about duty of care responsibilities.
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.
Household waste recycling centres
Commercial waste can be delivered to some household waste recycling centres at a charge. Please contact the 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 pass it on to:
For information on recycling and disposal sites in your area please use the Environment Agency's Waste Directory http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/links/98247.aspx
Further information on commercial waste can be found on the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/ or on Net Regs. http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/
CO2 Sense was established to help organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region become more resource efficient and help them to save money and reduce carbon emissions. CO2 Sense can offer funding, technical advice and support to help organisations meet the challenge of climate change. They can also help you find a recycler near you http://www.co2sense.org.uk/find-recycler
Business Waste Handbook
To help with reducing, reusing and recycling business waste, the business waste handbook has been produced 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. The business waste handbooks for York and North Yorkshire are available at the bottom of this page.
The Greener Business website
This website is designed for businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber so you can find out what business support is available in your local and regional area along with events, case studies and funding information. Links to the greener business website for York and North Yorkshire are available at the bottom of this page.