Business waste and recycling

A good waste management plan will save your business money, will reduce its impact on the environment and will help you comply with the law.

Easter holiday arrangements for commercial waste collections

  • 30 March - Good Friday – collections as usual
  • 31 March – Saturday - collections as usual
  • 1 April – Sunday - collections as usual
  • 2 April – Easter Monday – no commercial collections

If your business has a scheduled collection on Easter Monday, 2 April we will endeavour to collect your waste on Tuesday 3 April.

Please note that if you are in a timed collection area, collections will be as usual over the Easter weekend.

For customers receiving food waste collections, there will be no change to your scheduled collection days throughout the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

Business waste and the law

There are a number of important pieces of legislation concerning waste that businesses need to be aware of and comply with, the most important of these is the waste Duty of Care.

The waste Duty of Care applies to anyone who produces, carries, keeps, disposes of, treats, imports or has control of waste in England or Wales and requires that waste is kept safe, is dealt with responsibly and is only given to businesses authorised to take it.

The government has issued a code of practice under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 that explains the waste Duty of Care:

If you run a business it's important to make sure the waste carrier you use is registered with the Environment Agency and that they provide you with the correct documentation (eg waste transfer notes and a formal waste contract). If in doubt, call the Environment Agency on 0800 807 060 (find out about call charges).

Commercial waste collection service providers

There are a number of commercial waste collection service providers that businesses can use to collect their waste and these can be easily found through a simple internet search.  

Southwark Council provides commercial waste and recycling collection services for businesses located throughout the borough. You can contact us the following ways: 

T: 020 7525 2627


Page last updated: 19 March 2018