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Business waste and the law

Your non-domestic (business) rates do not cover the cost of waste collection or disposal.

To ensure you are not breaking the law:

• Store your waste securely, either in a bin or a bag within your property
• Employ a licensed, reputable company to remove your waste
• Check the company has a valid waste carriers licence
• Ensure that you have a waste transfer note to show how your waste is dealt with. Keep these documents for at least two years

All commercial premises must comply with the Waste Duty of Care as laid down in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. For more information visit the Government website, or the Environment Agency website. Trade waste must not enter the domestic waste stream.

A breach of this duty of care is a criminal offence and carries a fine up to £5,000 or an unlimited amount if taken to Crown Court.