Managing waste in businesses and tenanted properties


Each year we investigate over 200 complaints about waste causing a nuisance or attracting pests and many of these complaints are about waste from business premises. If businesses allow waste to build up then legal action under food safety, public health and anti-social behaviour legislation can be taken against a business operator. A notice can be served asking for the removal of built-up waste. If it isn't removed, it can result in prosecution and an unlimited fine or a fixed penalty notice of £100. It is also an offence to burn business waste which can lead to prosecution and an unlimited fine.

Storing waste

Business operators should take steps to avoid their waste causing problems with rats, mice, insects and birds:

  • Bins should be maintained and stored so that they don't cause problems to neighbouring premises due to smells
  • Waste should be stored correctly in a suitable container which needs to be closed or lidded. The container should be provided with a lock if possible to prevent unauthorised access

Waste collection

All businesses have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to keep their waste safe:

  • Operators should arrange their own business/trade waste collection service. If you give your waste to someone else you must be sure that they are authorised to take it and can transport, recycle or dispose of it safely
  • Waste should not be deposited in or on any land (fly-tipping) unless a permit from the environment agency has been granted
  • Your waste contractor will provide you with a waste transfer note or agreement. These documents are important and should be kept safe
  • If you generate waste oil, you will need to appoint a specialist contractor to ensure it is collected and disposed of correctly to avoid contamination of surface water and land

We operate a business waste and recycling service for businesses. Find out how to apply for our business waste collection

Last updated:‎ ‎25‎/‎07‎/‎2023‎ ‎16:‎25