Commercial Waste

Most businesses in Scilly use commercial hauliers to transport commercial waste and recycling, if they dont use commercial hauliers, most follow Council policy regarding disposal via our collection service and site permitting system.
​The Council's main site at Porthmellon manages both household waste and commercial waste. 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 collections service for household waste and recycling, the Porthmellon Household Waste and Recycling Site (Tuesday and Thursday opening days) and the recycling banks, 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 Refarding 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 classifed, 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.

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.

Commercial Waste Collections

The Council provides a commercial collection and disposal service for residual 'black' bag waste and dry mixed recycling of cardboard, paper, cans, plastic tubs pots and trays, plastic bottles. If you wish to receive a collection for your business’ commercial waste please contact the Infrastructure team on 01720 424450 or email

What is the Cost for this Service?

Non Domestic Business Rates (NDRs) do not cover the removal or disposal of waste from business premises, the Council will remove and dispose of waste from commercial businesses for the cost of a pre-paid commercial waste sack. For our up to date fees and charges please follow the link below:
Please note, if your property is dual rated, where an element of element of Council Tax i.e. because of a manager's flat. You are entillted to one residual 'black bag' waste sack and one recycling (blue household) sack. If you require more than this allowance please ensure you contact 424450. 
Holiday lets that are subject to Council Tax (rather than Non-Domestic Rates) are classed as ‘residential’ properties and therefore you are allowed 2 domestic waste per week for that property. This means that there will only be a charge for waste collection where additional bins of waste on top of this allowance are produced as a result of letting the property as holiday accommodation. 
For more information on the commercial waste & recycling sacks follow the link below:

How can I reduce the cost of Commercial Waste?

​Disposal of waste will normally cost more than recycling and should always be your last choice.
Reducing the amount of waste your business produces will always save money. An audit of your waste and recycling will show where wastage occurs and could help you form a waste reduction plan. 

Commercial Waste Disposal & Recycling at the Porthmellon Site

Commercial businesses wishing to dispose of waste and recycling at the Porthmellon Waste and Recycling Site must have all the necessary PPE and adhere to the sites strict safety regulations. We also require them to have a valid commercial waste vehicle permit from the Council. For more information on the Porthmellon Waste & Recycling Site follow the link below:

Charges for Off Island Commercial Waste

The Council of the Isles of Scilly introduced charges for off-island commercial waste for St Agnes, Bryher and St Martin’s from the 1st April 2016 to ensure that a fair system for charging for commercial waste is put in place across the islands. The cost of disposing our waste is high due to the islands’ distance from the mainland, a lack of on-island infrastructure to appropriately deal with waste in compliance with the law, and a low population base spread across 5 islands. It is therefore essential that charges are applied to commercial waste to cover the true costs of its disposal. For the list of our updated fees & charges see the link below: