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Commercial waste

14 March 2016

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Commercial waste can be defined as waste which results from a business and its operations (see Defra for more information). This includes refuse from gardening and building work carried out on a domestic property, if the person carrying out the work is not the homeowner.
 
Essex County Council is not responsible for commercial waste. However, if you are looking for help and advice, the following page has information on the options which are available to you.
 
Disposing of commercial waste can be one of the biggest costs facing your business. By reducing, reusing and recycling waste, you will not only save money, you can also demonstrate your commitment to saving the environment.
 

Disposing of commercial waste

Landfill sites can no longer accept waste which has not been subject to some form of treatment to reduce its volume or impact on the environment. Advice on how you can go about this is available from the Environment Agency, who will also be able to put you in touch with a waste management company in your area.
 
It is also worth contacting your local district or borough council, who may provide a commercial waste collection service. 
 

Reducing waste

Reducing the amount of waste you dispose of is not only a great way to save money; it can also demonstrate your company’s commitment to saving the environment. The government’s Envirowise programme can offer you information on how you can minimise waste and convert turnover into profit.
 

Reusing waste

Depending on the nature of your business you may have items that are suitable for reuse by another business or group in your community. The Scrap Store Schemes may help you to find a home for your unwanted goods.
 

Recycling waste

Our household recycling centres cannot accept your waste. However, there are a number of companies who can help you to recycle your business waste. This includes: 
 
 
For electrical and electronic equipment contact your waste collection company or find a producer compliance scheme.

Please note that external links do not act as an endorsement by Essex County Council, nor criticism of companies or organisations which are excluded.
 

You can donate equipment to Computer Aid International
 

Visit reuseessex to find your nearest reuse organisation. Collections are usually free, providing items are in good condition.  
 

The Recycling Appeal offers a service which allows you to recycle mobiles and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice. 
 

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Organisations such as the Recycling Appeal and RecycleAid, which gives the proceeds to a charity of your choice.

 

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