Commercial waste is any waste that is produced by a business. This could be general waste, large plastic waste, glass, cardboard, or food waste.
There are other types of waste which you should check your business does not have instead of commercial waste.
There is industrial waste which is created in factories and industries. There is domestic waste which is produced by households, and there is agricultural waste which is produced by the agricultural or horticultural sector such as from cows and pesticide containers.
Your waste requirements and disposing of commercial waste
As a business your waste responsibilities are for reducing your waste when possible, storing your waste, filling in legal documentation such as a waste transfer note, and disposing of your waste.
If you want to get rid of your waste yourself, you need a waste carriers licence from The Environment Agency. A waste carriers licence costs £154 and you may need to renew this depending on what tier you qualify for.
If you choose to have a company dispose of your waste, they will have a waste carriers’ licence, but you should check they have this before choosing them otherwise you could be fined.
It is also your responsibility to store your waste properly.
Our bins at Central Waste, can be supplied with a lock which prevents fly-tipping in your bin. Having a lock on your bin means you are meeting your legal obligations by storing your waste properly.
Other businesses may use your bin by trying to avoid their own waste management costs. This means there is no room left for your business waste. It can also mean the items placed in your bin are not acceptable for collection or contaminate your bin and your waste provider may not be able to empty your bin.
When fly tipping occurs it tends to encourage others to keep leaving items at your bin, even when it’s full.
This can cause your bin area to look unsightly which could damage your reputation if customers see it. It could also attract vermin which is why having a lock on your bin saves you a lot of hassle.
Why is commercial waste treated differently?
Domestic properties pay rates which entitle them to a waste collection service, however, businesses rates do not include this service.
This means if you dispose of business waste in a domestic bin or at your local recycling centre, you could be fined.
Different types of commercial waste
There are numerous types of commercial waste. Anything your business produces is classed as commercial or trade waste.
Most businesses will generally have the following types of trade waste:
- General waste
- Cardboard and paper
- Plastic waste
- Food waste.
This is any waste which is not appropriate for any of your other bins.
Cardboard and Paper
Businesses have lots of cardboard and paper and by separating it, you can reduce your waste management costs significantly.
We collect any colour glass bottles or other glass products. By having a separate glass recycling, you could save up to 15%.
We recycle all plastics, including wheelie bins, beer crates, bulk bags, plastic pallets.
We also accept and recycle all Polymers including:
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Low-density polyethylene (lIDPE),
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
- Medium-density polyethylene (MDPE)
- Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
- High impact or general impact polystyrene (HIPS) (PS) (GPPS)
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC),
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
- <>Nylon (PA) Polycarbonate (PC)
- <>Polycarbonate/ Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (PC/ABS)
Food waste can include out of date animal feed, vegetable peelings, and other food preparation waste, dairy produce, and leftover food.
Not only is it a legal requirement to recycle but sending everything to landfill by putting it in your general waste, will mean higher waste management costs for your business.
Commercial waste bins
There are commercial wheelie bins for each kind of waste your business produces.
At Central Waste we have a wide variety of bins to suit your needs. The smaller your general waste bin, the smaller your bill.
Our bins include:
- 240 litre wheelie bin
- 360 litre wheelie bin
- 660 litre wheelie bin
- 1100 litre wheelie bin.
Each of our bins can be easily moved by any of your staff because they have four castors with brake control.
Commercial waste collections
When you choose a reputable waste provider, they will tailor your collections to suit your business and your budget.
We carry out a free site survey to go over your waste management needs. We help you select the right bins and the right amount of them and determine a collection frequency.
This can be changed if you find you need additional collections or find that you can reduce your waste and don’t need as many collections or bins.
There are collections seven days a week in the Liverpool area to suit your businesses opening hours.
How to reduce your commercial waste
- Reuse items if possible.
Try to buy more sustainable products which can be used again instead of using them once and disposing of them.
- Encourage staff or customers to take their food leftovers home.
- Give old electronics away to local organisations to use for parts or recondition.
- Label the bins in your workplace to make it clear what can be recycled.
- Create a culture of environmentally friendly practices.
Not only will it help the planet, but customers and staff think more highly of businesses who reduce their carbon footprint.
What is the cost of commercial waste?
The cost of a commercial waste service will depend on many factors including how much waste you have, your location, and the frequency of collections needed.
At Central Waste we provide you with a free set of business recycling and commercial wheelie bins to help you reduce costs. Most competitors will charge your business to rent these.
How to choose a commercial waste service
Make sure any waste management provider you choose has a Waste Carriers Licence, giving them legal permission to handle your waste.
Make sure they use green initiatives
For example, 95% of our waste is recycled instead of sending it to landfill. The cooking oil we collect is converted into biofuel which is part of the UK’s renewable energy policy.
Tailor the service to your business
We provide a flexible service that you control meaning you reduce your costs by paying for only what you need.
Wide Selection of commercial waste
We collect every kind of waste your business produces. Not only can we provide commercial bins for cardboard, food, glass, mixed dry recycling, and general waste, but we can also arrange skip hire, collect cooking oil, and bulky plastic items.
You only need one service when you choose us.
If you would like more information on commercial waste bins, please contact us today.