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.

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, this can be found on the following link:

If you run a business it is important for you to make sure that the waste carrier you use is registered with the Environment Agency and that they provide you with the correct documentation, ie waste transfer notes and a formal waste contract. If in doubt, you can check with the Environment Agency by phoning 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 collection services through a joint venture company in partnership with London Business Waste and Recycling. Contact details are as follows:
T: 020 3848 1042

Page last updated: 12 September 2017