Most businesses spend 4% of their turnover dealing with
This section concerns commercial/trade waste only. For
household waste, go to your district council.
What to do, and where to do it.
As a business owner you must dispose of your trade waste safely,
appropriately and legally, or face prosecution.
"Trade - or 'commercial' - waste" is any
waste generated by a business, tradesman/woman, or profit-making
organisation. It includes charitable organisations and
Any business owner who deposits their business
waste as household waste, either through household kerbside waste
collections or at household waste recycling centres, may be
prosecuted by their Local Authority.
Licensed Waste Carriers
A business owner can dispose of waste him- or
herself, or it can be done by a carrier licensed by the Environment
Agency. If you are contracted to carry somebody else’s waste,
you must hold a valid Waste Carriers’
Licence. You do not need a Waste Carriers’ Licence to carry
waste from your own business unless it is construction waste.
Waste Transfer Note
All transfers of waste between your business
and another business should be recorded on a
waste transfer note, detailing:
- a description of the waste
- the names and addresses of both businesses
- the registration number of the waste carrier.
If someone offers to take away your waste but
will not provide a Waste Transfer Note, it is likely that they are
a fly-tipper. As well as seeking to prosecute the fly-tipper, local
authorities will also seek to prosecute the producer of the waste
for failing in their Duty of Care.
Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, businesses must now
declare on their Waste Transfer Notes that they have applied the
waste hierarchy when transferring waste.
You can use this online tool to report fly-tipping, or contact
your district council's planning enforcement team via the
Worcestershire Hub on 01562 732928.
Some district councils collect business waste
and recycling for a fee (go to Districts). Or you can pay to have
it collected by a private company.
Privately owned waste sites
You can pay to dispose of your waste at a
privately-owned waste site. There are a number of private
landfill sites in the county , but the County Council has
no responsibility for these.
To find a privately owned landfill sites:
This page was last reviewed 2 January 2013 at 14:20.
The page is next due for review 1 July 2014.