Open mobile menu
Close mobile menu

We are currently preparing bids to the Future High Streets Fund (Whitehaven) and Towns Fund (Millom and Cleator Moor)

Find out more

Trade waste collection

Printer-friendly versionPDF version

Trade waste collection

We provide a low cost, flexible and responsive trade waste collection service to small and large producers of commercial waste throughout Copeland.

We offer free advice on container location, collection and other aspects of trade waste that could save you money.

• Competitive prices
• No VAT to pay on collections
• Low cost waste transfer note
• No hidden extra costs
• Service tailored to your needs
• Reliable, flexible service
• No lengthy tie-in
• Collections available seven days a week (where viable)
• Local, knowledgeable staff
• Waste is not sent to landfill

Choosing a service that is right for you

We offer a variety of collection methods so that we can provide a service that suits your business, at competitive rates.

Wheeled containers are available in a range of sizes. The containers are durable and the larger sizes come with lockable lids and brake mechanisms. The charge depends on the size of bin and number of collections. Unlike many private waste management firms, we don’t charge separately for container rental. Wheeled containers are suitable for larger businesses and for pubs, restaurants and food outlets where wet or food waste is generated.

You can also buy trade waste sacks in packs of 25, 50, 100 or 200. This service is ideal for smaller businesses, or where storage for containers may be restricted. There are no additional charges.

Trade waste sacks can be purchased by contacting us, or visiting us at the Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven CA28 7JG (debit/credit card needed)

Whether you choose a container or trade sacks, you will require a waste transfer note to comply with your duty of care. A small annual fee will apply for this documentation.

Your business and the law

Any waste produced by a business is trade waste and the business owner has a duty to store and dispose of it responsibly.  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 Gov 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.

Trade waste contract enquiry


Please provide us with your details and any questions you have about trade waste collections. We’ll get back in touch with you, normally by the next working day.

Contact us

To find out how our service could help your business or for information on prices, please give us a call on 01946 593061, or email us at

Report a missed trade collection or damage to a trade bin

To report a missed trade waste collection, or report damage to your trade waste bin, please send the address, location, number of bins and details of damage, to us at or call us on 01946 593061.