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Commercial waste

Find out how you can dispose of your commercial waste legally and learn where you can go for more advice in this article.

You will learn

  • What your responsibilities are when dealing with commercial waste
  • How the council can help you
  • Who to speak to for further legal advice

Disposing of rubbish costs your business money and wastes natural resources. It is estimated that waste typically costs companies around four per cent of their annual turnover and is increasing. Once a substance or object has become waste, it will remain waste until it has been fully recovered and no longer poses a potential threat to the environment or human health. As a business owner you have a legal responsibility to ensure that you produce, store, transport and dispose of your business waste in accordance with the law and meet your duty of care.

It is advisable to either contact the environment agency or the local authority where your business is located.

How councils can help your business

They can give clarity on the definitions of waste and guidance on safe storage and options available for managing your waste.

What do they offer?

  • Most councils provide a chargeable waste collection service for businesses at competitive prices, providing both a sack and container service
  • Potentially help you to save money
  • Provide advice on reducing, reusing or recycling your waste
  • Advice on recovering energy from waste

Further information

Contact the appropriate council where your business is located:

City of York Council

Hazel Court, James Street, York, YO10 3DS

phone: (01904) 553270 or (01904) 553282


Hambleton District Council

Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2UU

phone: 01609 779977


Harrogate Borough Council

Harrogate Borough Council, PO Box 787, Harrogate’ North Yorkshire, HG1 9RW

phone: (01423) 500600 and ask for Commercial Waste


Craven District Council

Waste Management, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1FJ

phone: (01756) 700600


Richmondshire District Council

Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX

phone: (01748) 829100


Ryedale District Council

Ryedale House, Old Malton Road, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7HH

phone: (01653) 600666


Scarborough Borough Council

Customer First, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG

phone: (01723) 232323


Selby District Council

Commercial Waste Team, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9FT

phone: (01757) 705101


East Riding of Yorkshire Council

County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA

phone: (01482) 395580


Environment Agency


phone: (03708) 506506 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Further resources

The Environment Agency Guidance on Waste Responsibilities -

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Written by:

Simon King

Growth Hub Manager

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