Our business and trade recycling and rubbish service

If you run a business, the recycling and refuse you produce is classified as business waste. This is the case even if you run your business at home. For example, you may run a childminding business or property rental firm from your home.

You also produce business or trade waste if you work as a mobile trader. This includes working as a gardener or running burger vans.

We can visit your business, assess your waste needs and give a no-obligation quote. Apply for our business collection service.

If you need a waste bin just for your business to use, our price includes:

  • bin hire and delivery
  • waste collection and disposal
  • a duty of care certificate
  • a trade waste agreement
  • administration fees

No VAT is charged on this service.

See GOV.UK's definition of business waste.

Commercial waste sacks

If your business is in a communal bin area you can buy commercial sacks to put your waste out.

Our sacks:

  • cost £2.25 per sack (no VAT to pay)
  • are sold in rolls of 25
  • come with a duty of care certificate
  • have no monthly administration fees
  • mean there’s no need to store refuse
  • can be deposited in on-street communal refuse bins
  • are 50 litres in size

Your commercial waste sacks will be delivered within 3 working days of your order.

It's an offence for businesses to use our communal bins without buying sacks from us. A fixed penalty notice will be issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Find out more about how to dispose of business or commercial waste at GOV.UK.

Bulky commercial waste

Bulky commercial waste removal is a one-off collection of a large amount of waste.

Please contact our Cityclean team on 01273 290 798 if you’d like a quote for removing this waste. Before giving a price, we may need to visit you to assess the size and weight off the waste.

We can't collect asbestos, or large white goods such as washing machines, fridges or fridge freezers in commercial waste. We also have a list of potentially harmful waste we can't collect.

We can collect small electrical goods, like microwaves, kettles and toasters.

Duty of care waste transfer notice

Businesses must hold a duty of care waste transfer notice, also known as a duty of care certificate. This shows us that they dispose of waste legally.

If you, as a business, are not supplied with a duty of care waste transfer notice from your waste service provider, they might not be registered. If your waste is then dumped or disposed of illegally, you could be held responsible.  

Check the company through the Environment Agency's waste carrier's public register.

Our Environmental Enforcement Team conduct regular checks across the city to make sure businesses have their duty of care waste transfer notices. 

If you do not have a legal method for disposing of your waste you could receive a fine, which could lead to prosecution and a criminal record.