Commercial Waste: What You Need to Know

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If you are a business owner, regardless of the size of your business, you produce waste. However, many business owners overlook the cost associated with waste. This is surprising given the fact that as an overhead, it is constant and has a direct and significant impact on a business’ bottom line. It does not matter the size of your business. Whatever waste that comes from your business activity should be considered as commercial waste. Even if you run a business from your home, the waste emanating from your business should be considered as commercial waste and not residential waste. Typical business waste comes from activities such as:

  • Construction
  • Demolition
  • Industry
  • Agriculture

Savvy businesses usually plan ahead and ensure that commercial waste disposal is a seamless process. Furthermore, they negate the instances of unplanned costs arising, which is a very important aspect of running a business when every penny counts. Herein we will explore every aspect of commercial waste. Read on to find out which commercial waste solution will work for you.

Commercial Waste: What Is It?

As mentioned above commercial waste, also known as business waster or trade waste, is any waste that is generated by and from a business activity or commercial activity. According to the UK regulation agricultural and construction, waste is also considered as commercial waste.

Can a Business Dispose of Commercial Waste?

In a nutshell, yes! However, if a business is to transport and dispose of commercial waste, it needs to register as a ‘waste carrier’. Furthermore, a business needs to keep a written record about your waste disposal for a minimum of 2 years. Importantly, you need to dispose of the different types of wastes in strict adherence to UK regulations and rules. For the commercial waste licence, a business will have to pay about £150 every year. Other associated costs include the cost of running a vehicle, the labour costs, and the cost of disposing of the waste. An owner of a beauty salon in Farnborough states that the costs add up quite quickly. Therefore, with cost, effort and resources needed by businesses to dispose of waste, her salon along with many businesses she knows simply opt to contract waste carriers.

How Much Will Contracting Commercial Waste Collection Cost Businesses?

Trying to estimate the cost of contracting business waste carrier is a daunting task if not impossible without first understanding your business details and your needs. To this end, you need to answer the following question to better estimate whether the cost will be high or low:

  1. How many times in a given week or month do you need garbage collection
  2. What are the types of waste doe your business generate? Electrical, clinical, hazardous, and packaging or any other types of waste.
  3. How much waste do you produce? What is the average weight of your waste?

Where Are You Based?

Typically, if you need a large volume of hazardous waste to be collected on a daily basis from a remote location, you will pay a lot more than a business that is located in the city and needs infrequent collection of small amounts of waste such as packaging and papers. So, how can you get a more accurate numerical estimation of your business? The best and easiest way is to request tailored quotes.

What Are the Consequences of Disposing of Commercial Waste Incorrectly?

The government takes matters of environmental protection very seriously. As such, they have a hard line with any company that disposes of their waste illegally or improperly. When found guilty, such a company can be fined as much as £80,000 for dumping their waste. Businesses in the UK dispose of as much as 27 million tonnes of commercial waste every year. Therefore, businesses have a social responsibility to dispose of their waste in a socially responsible and eco-friendly manner. Contracting a company whose expertise is waste disposal will save businesses time and money and relieve the stress involved with commercial waste disposal.


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