Commercial Waste & Recycling

​The Council manages both commercial and household waste & recycling across the islands. The Council has to ensure that all commercial waste, which is not funded by Council Tax income, is appropriately and rightly paid for by the commercial waste producer.

The Council's household kerbside collections service, HWRC and community bottle banks (bring sites) are for household waste and recycling only. These services are funded by Council Tax income and are not provided for commercially generated waste.  

Your Legal Obligations Regarding Commercial Waste

Any waste produced from a business is classified in law as commercial waste. The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 details how was is classified, including waste generated by farms, pubs, self-catering accommodation, hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses when occupied by paying guests. 

​Commercial waste collection and disposal costs are not covered through the payment of Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) i.e. business rates. As so the Council is required to cover the cost of disposing (and in some cases collecting) commercial waste. 

A commercial business must arrange waste removal with the Council or another licenced waste carrier. It is the responsibility of the trader to dispose of their waste in accordance with the Duty of Care Act 1990. Please note that businesses have a Duty of Care to ensure that all waste is stored and disposed of responsibly.

The Environment Agency has produced a useful guide to help businesses to manage their waste called Right Waste, Right Place. www.rightwasterightplace.com

What is Duty of Care?

The Duty of Care is a law which says that businesses must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. It must be stored safely and securely and must not cause pollution to people or the environment. The waste must be packaged in suitable containers so that it cannot fall out, blow away or escape from the receptacle.

It must be secured against unauthorised removal as far as is reasonably practical. Security should be sufficient to prevent the breaking open of containers and removal of waste by animals or the weather.