Are you thinking about starting a new business? If so, disposing of your waste probably isn’t at the forefront of your thinking. However, you will need to think about it, and form a plan, before you start trading because every business has legal responsibilities to manage its waste.
It’s not as straightforward as you might think. Whether you’re planning to open a shop, go independent as a trademan or turn a hobby into an income generating manufacturing activity, you have a legal responsibility to:
- keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste (in that order)
- sort and store waste safely and securely
- complete a waste transfer note for each load of waste that leaves your premises
- check if your waste carrier is registered to dispose of waste (Todd’s are)
- not allow the waste carrier to dispose of your waste illegally (and report them to Crimestoppers if they do)
You have extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardous waste. To dispose of your own waste, you’ll need to register as a waste carrier and, depending on what you’re doing, you may also need to apply for a waste permit. And you have to demonstrate your waste management by keeping the necessary documentation.
For what counts as business waste, and other helpful information, visit https://www.gov.uk/managing-your-waste-an-overview. This impartial government website gives you an overview of what you’ll need to consider in managing your waste together with helpful pointers for further information.
Alternatively, the team at Todd’s would be happy to guide you through the process and give you a quote for managing your waste. Just complete the enquiry form here or give us a call on 01845 523131