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Commercial Waste FAQ

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What Is Commercial Waste?

Commercial waste is waste from premises used solely or mainly for the purposes of trade or business. This can include sports facilities, recreation centres, educational institutions and retail, but does not include any household, agricultural or industrial waste.

Do I Have To Use A Licensed Waste Collection Service?

Yes – ensuring that your commercial waste is managed and collected by a license contractor is part of your Duty of Care.

What Does The Duty Of Care Mean In Commercial Waste Management?

Duty of Care is a law which states that you must make every effort to keep your waste safe. It means that if you give your waste to another company, you must be certain that they are authorised and equipped to manage your waste. This includes being able to transport, recycle and dispose of your waste safely.

Businesses that breach this law can receive a fine. The Duty of Care applies to any company that produces, imports, stores, transports and disposes of commercial waste.

What Responsibilities Do Businesses Have Under The Duty Of Care Law?

Under the Duty of Care law you are required to take all reasonable steps to fulfil your legal duty.

The government and Environment Agency have both issued practical guidance on what is reasonable for your business.

The law states that you must ensure that your commercial waste does not escape your control, and must be stored safely and securely. If you pass on your waste to a commercial waste management company, ensure that they are authorised to take it. At Skippy Nationwide we are working in compliance with the latest legislation, so you can be sure that your waste will be managed properly and according to the law.

My Business Produces Hazardous Waste. Who Can Dispose Of It Properly?

Certain materials such as oil, asbestos, solvents, clinical waste, and electrical equipment have been classified as hazardous waste, and require specialised removal. At Skippy Nationwide we specialise in hazardous waste disposal. Operating within the law, we also enclosed skips and roll-on-offs which are available for the disposal of hazardous waste such as asbestos.

Is Recycling Management More Expensive Than Commercial Waste Disposal?

Recycling your commercial waste can be highly cost-effective. Reducing the amount you send to landfill, will limit the amount of landfill tax your business has to pay.

As A Company, How Can We Manage Waste Effectively?

A good start is to develop a comprehensive waste management strategy. At Skippy Nationwide we provide businesses with recycling and waste packages. Our team can help you to develop and implement solutions which will reduce your waste disposal costs, increase the value of recycled materials, and give you more time to concentrate on your main business activities.

If you would like to find out more about commercial waste management, contact Skippy Nationwide by phone 03333 218402 or email

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