About business waste

Any waste produced or possessed by a business that needs to be disposed of, from any part of a property used for business purposes, is classed as business waste.

Business owners or managers have a legal responsibility to make sure that any waste produced is stored, managed and disposed of in accordance with Section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Managing your waste

You need to store your waste safely and securely so that it doesn’t contaminate or harm the environment.

You should check that your contractor has a valid waste carrier’s licence because you could be liable for prosecution if your waste is illegally dumped, and make sure you are given a copy of the waste carrier note which describes the waste and how it will be disposed of. A waste transfer note must be completed and signed by you and your contractor.

Running a business from home

We only collect household waste and recycling as part of your normal collection. All other waste is treated as commercial waste and you must arrange for the collection and disposal of it.

Examples of dual-use properties include guest houses with the owner living in part of the property or a flat above a shop that the owner lives in.

Commercial waste kerbside collection

We have a commercial waste service available to help businesses dispose of the waste and recycling they produce as part of their commercial activity. Please email commercialwaste@n-somerset.gov.uk for more information.

Disposing of waste yourself

If you hold a waste carrier’s licence, you can take your waste to Cory Environmental’s transfer station in Aisecome Way, Weston-super-Mare at a minimum cost of £30 for 300kg of waste but you will need to contact them in advance.

It is illegal to dispose of business waste in domestic recycling or waste bins, recycling centres and community recycling facilities. We search dumped sacks of rubbish for evidence and take action against people who do this. Anyone caught continually re-offending could be prosecuted and receive a fine of up to £50,000.