Commercial waste

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Tewkesbury Borough Council's commercial waste collection service offers a reliable, competitively priced service which can be tailored to the needs of your business. 

Run by waste contractors, Ubico Ltd, the weekly service provides a range of sizes of durable wheeled bin containers or, for businesses generating less waste, a sack collection service is also available. The amount charged will depend on the size of the bin or the number of sacks you use.

If you require any further information regarding Commercial Waste Collection please contact or telephone 01242 264112.

Hazardous waste

Unfortunately, we are unable to collect hazardous waste, (e.g. asbestos, batteries, pesticides, etc.). If your business generates hazardous waste, you will need to contact a specialist contractor.

Recycling commercial waste

At the moment, we do not offer a commercial recycling service, but we plan to review this towards the end of 2016 in order to help local businesses improve environmental performance. Until then, there are lots of private companies who could help with any recycling requirements you may have. 

Commercial waste - the law

Collecting and disposing of commercial waste must be arranged by business owners - business rates do not cover this.

Under the 'Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012', waste created from business premises is classed as commercial waste. It is an offence for businesses to use the domestic kerbside waste and recycling service, public recycling bank sites, and household recycling centres to dispose of commercial waste.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, all businesses - whatever their size - have a responsibility to ensure that their waste is stored securely and disposed of properly. This responsibility, known as 'duty of care', means that a business must ensure that its waste is only transported and disposed of by a licensed waste disposal company and that the relevant paperwork (known as Waste Transfer Notes, which are used to formally document all the waste which is moved) is kept as a record for a minimum of two years (this is a legal requirement).  To check whether a carrier is licensed to collect your waste you can telephone the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.

The council and the Environment Agency can ask to see your Waste Transfer Notes at short notice.  Failure to produce them, even if they have been lost, means you will be in breach of your duty of care and you may be subject to a fixed penalty notice of £300.