Commercial waste and recycling collection service for all businesses

Commercial waste and recycling made easier

Save time and money on your commercial recycling and waste collection with our collection service.

We offer a full commercial recycling and waste collection service to all businesses.

The council provides an excellent, reliable and competitively priced service commercial recycling and waste collection service.

We also provide free information and guidance to help maintain your business compliance with current waste legislation.

Information on any of the services, including quotes, can be obtained by contacting:

John Caulkett - Commercial Waste and Recycling Officer
Telephone: 01954 713496
Mobile: 07515 187330


It is important to divert as much business waste as possible away from landfill.
Our trade recycling service enables businesses to recycle the following materials:

  • glass jars & bottles
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • tin foil & foil trays
  • aerosols
  • cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak)
  • food & drinks cans
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic packaging (pots, trays & tubs)
  • plastic film and plastic bags

Mixed recycling

Mixed recycling

We collect mixed recycling in green or purple bins, which includes:

  • food tins, drinks cans and aerosols
  • paper and cardboard
  • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • glass bottles and jars
  • cartons
  • plastic bags, clean film and wrapping

If bin storage is a problem, we can discuss providing a smaller mixed recycling bin, reducing the size of your general waste bin or providing purple sacks.

General waste

General waste

General waste is collected in blue or black bins.
Most non-recyclable commercial waste can be put into these bins, with the exception of heavy or dangerous substances such as rubble, clinical or electrical waste.

If storage is a problem, we can discuss the possibility of using blue commercial waste bags.

It is an offence to put recycling or waste from a business into a public recycling bank or litter bin, no matter how small the amount.

Breaches of duty of care may result in a fixed penalty notice or fine.

Are you complying with the relevant legislation?

Statutory Obligation

Waste laws place a duty of care on all businesses, regardless of size, to manage and dispose of their waste responsibly. To comply with the duty of care you must ensure your waste is:

  • Stored safely and securely
  • Not causing pollution to people and the environment
  • Placed in suitable containers so it cannot fall out, blow-away or escape
  • All businesses must ensure that the person or company removing waste is either a local authority or licensed waste carrier and that the waste is being taken to a facility permitted by the Environment Agency
  • Documented when transferred, with records kept for at least two years. This is known as a waste transfer note and must be completed by both persons involved in the transfer.

It is illegal and a breach of Duty of Care to:

  • Take business waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre e.g. Milton or Thriplow
  • Present business waste out for collection by the domestic crew
  • Fly tip waste
  • Burn waste

Breaches of Duty of Care may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or a fine.

Please note: A Business Rate charge does not cover the removal of waste from business premises.

YES, if you are a business or organisation, is the simple answer.

As a business you will be producing commercial waste. The collection of commercial waste is not included in
your business rates and you are legally responsible for making sure that it is handled, stored, transported and disposed of properly.

Commercial waste is rubbish from premises used for the purpose of business, trade, education, sport, recreation or entertainment. Schools, shops, health centres, public houses, clubs, hotels, village
halls and residential homes should have all their waste collected under contract.

Recycling is one of the easiest actions your business can take to reduce waste service costs and reduce its impact on the environment.

Collections of recyclable waste are significantly cheaper than residual waste for the same size container and there is no hire charge for our bins.

We understand every business is different, so we have developed a range of waste and recycling services that can be tailored to meet your individual requirements.

We offer:

  • Free no obligation quotes
  • Competitively priced services with no hidden charges
  • Flexible payment terms
  • Tailored collections and a range of containers and sacks to suit your needs
  • Annual Controlled Waster Transfer Note (CWTN) provided free of charge
  • Free advice and guidance on waste and recycling
  • Compliance with the latest in waste legislation and assistance to ensure you are too


Why choose us?

We have an excellent reputation when it comes to dealing with waste.

Our service has been operating for over thirty years and we have a good relationship with local businesses, based on our unparalleled knowledge of the district, comprehensive range of services, competitive prices and exceptional customer service.

As a local organisation you can trust, we can respond quickly and flexibly to all your waste needs whilst helping you to maximise recycling and take advantage of waste minimisation opportunities.

Information on any of the services, including quotes, can be obtained by contacting:

John Caulkett - Commercial Waste and Recycling Officer
Telephone: 01954 713496
Mobile: 07515 187330

Our full commercial waste terms and conditions can be found on our terms and conditions for the collection of commercial waste webpage.

Alternatively you can download a pdf of our Commercial Waste Terms and Conditions.


You need to know exactly what you pay for and importantly what you don't.

There is 'no VAT to pay'. We charge for the 'bin lift' only and there are no hidden extras.

The council makes no extra charge for:

  • Administration of contracts
  • Duty of Care
  • Container rental
  • Waste Pre-Treatment
  • Landfill tax
  • Or other 'ad-hoc' cost e.g. fuel increases

You may be paying some or all of the above subsequent to your initial quote without knowing!

Commercial waste container range:

  • 1100 litre Continental
  • 660 litre Continental
  • 360 litre wheeled bin
  • 240 litre wheeled bin
  • Grey trade sacks

Information on any of the services, including quotes, can be obtained by contacting:

John Caulkett - Commercial Waste and Recycling Officer
Telephone: 01954 713496
Mobile: 07515 187330

Please see our trade waste and recycling service leaflet commercial waste and recycling service leaflet for more information on the services we provide.

Relevant Legislation

Controlled Waste Regulations 2012
Environmental Protection Act 1990

Environment Act 1995
Landfill Directive 1999
Highways Act 1980

We are happy to visit your business to discuss the service that best meets your needs, budget and storage facilities.

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