Under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, businesses have a legal responsibility called a ‘Duty of Care’ to ensure that their waste is securely stored and disposed of legally. The safest way to achieve this is by using a registered waste carrier.
Businesses who employ unlicensed waste carriers to dispose of their waste could be committing an offence.
Unlicensed waste carriers can be responsible for fly-tipping (e.g. dumping waste) which can pose dangers to public health, wildlife and the environment.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
I pay business rates, why should I pay for my commercial waste to be collected?
Waste collection is not included in business rates. Businesses must pay a separate charge which is dependant upon how much waste the business generates.
Do I still need to use a registered waste carrier, even if my business only produces a small amount of waste?
Yes. If your business produces a small amount of waste, you can purchase a supply of chargeable commercial waste sacks to put out for collection. These sacks can then be collected by a registered waste carrier.
Can I put my commercial waste into a street litter bin?
No. Street litter bins are in place to enable the public to dispose of their litter responsibly. A business using a street litter bin to dispose of their commercial waste is breaching their legal responsibilities and Duty of Care. Dumping commercial waste next to a litter bin is considered as a fly-tipping offence.
Can I take my commercial waste home and put it in my household bin?
No. Trying to ‘disguise’ commercial waste as household waste is illegal.
In order to take the burden off your hands, London Office Cleaners offer a waste collection and disposal service at extremely competitive prices.
Please contact our friendly customer service team at London Office Cleaners today via our contact form to discuss this service.
Or you can call us on 020 7584 6500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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