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Commercial Waste

What is Commercial Waste? 

Commercial waste, also known as trade or business waste, categorises all waste generated from any commercial or industrial activity, including large corporate companies and small or start-up businesses.* Commercial waste is a permanent overhead cost and needs to be stored, processed and disposed of following legally compliant procedures. Failing to dispose of waste correctly can have a direct impact on any businesses.

Here at Biffa, we offer all our customers a wide range of waste management services to cover all your commercial waste needs. You can find an extensive list of our business waste services here.

Questions around commercial waste? We’ve got the answers. 

Can I dispose of commercial waste myself? 

Yes, you can dispose of your commercial waste yourself. However, you will need to be a Registered Waste Carrier. All waste needs to be disposed of according to UK rules and regulations, and you will also need to keep a record of any disposed waste for a minimum of two years.  

Many businesses that do not already have the required waste carrier licence or the resources to process and dispose of waste in accordance with UK regulations, choose to have their waste collected by an approved waste management company, saving them time and any uncertainty around the disposal of their business waste. 

How much does commercial waste collection cost? 

Commercial waste collection costs are assessed by the volume and type of waste your company produces, therefore costs are individual to each business. You can easily request a waste quote using our easy-to-use online tool. Simply select your requirements to get your quote and then you have the possibility to buy your waste contract online.

What happens if commercial waste is disposed of incorrectly? 

If your waste is disposed of illegally, your company could receive a fine from the government.  
With the amount of commercial waste going to landfill increasing in the UK each year, every business has the social responsibility to keep waste to a minimum by preventing, reusing, recycling or recovering waste, in that order, where possible.

Can all my business waste be disposed of in the same way? 

If you are producing one type of commercial waste, for example food waste, this can be disposed of following the same procedure every time. However, not all waste types can be disposed of in the same way. You can read more about our waste services and their processes here. 

Why should I use a waste management company?

 Waste management is one of the most beneficial specialist service to outsource. Here are five important reasons why you should use a reputable waste disposal company to support your business: 

  1. Adaptable and scalable: Whether your business is scaling up or down, waste management experts are well-equipped to adapt to these changes at all times.  
  2. Reliable hazardous waste management: Hazardous materials, such as asbestos or solvents, must be disposed of safely and in line with government regulations. Relying on a specialist waste management company to collect and dispose of hazardous waste is essential in this case.  
  3. Environmentally conscious: Choosing a waste management company to manage your commercial waste will save you time and help you achieve your company’s sustainability goals.  
  4. Cost-effective: Outsourcing waste disposal services rather than using in-house resources can help lower running costs and eliminate the need to hire additional staff. Waste disposal companies will also ensure that you use only the right-size containers for your waste requirements, so you won’t pay more on over-sized bins. 
  5. Specialist knowledge: Benefit from their expertise in the waste industry and up to date knowledge of changing waste regulations to guarantee your compliance to waste standards at all times. 

Who is the best waste management company for my business? 

Choosing the right commercial waste management company for your business can seem like a complicated process. You must ensure that they meet current UK legal regulations and are environmentally conscious. They also need to meet all your waste management needs and have scope to grow and adapt to your business as it expands or changes.
Biffa, the UK’s No.1 for Business Waste, makes things simple. Biffa has a reliable and professional approach to waste management and recycling, with a wide range of scalable services to meet all your waste needs.  

Read more on why you should choose Biffa for your company here.  
If you have any questions about the right waste management solutions for your business, 
contact us today.  

*Commercial waste can also include the waste from construction sites and agricultural businesses in the UK.  


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