How to dispose of business and trade rubbish and recycling
Find out about the rubbish and recycling service we offer businesses and trades, and how waste can be disposed of legally
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.
Commercial waste sacks
If your business is in a communal bin area you can buy commercial sacks to put your waste out.
- 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 one to three working days of your order.
It's an offence for businesses to use our communal bins without buying sacks from Brighton & Hove City Council. 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 the council's Cityclean team on 01273 290798 if you’d like a quote for removing this waste. Before giving a price, we may need to visit on site to assess size and weight.
We can't collect asbestos, or large white goods such as washing machines or fridges/fridge freezers in commercial waste. We also have a list of potentially harmful waste we can't collect.
Small electrical goods, such as microwaves, kettles and toasters are permitted.
Duty of care waste transfer notice
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.
We conduct regular checks across the city to make sure businesses have their duty of care waste transfer notices, as do our enforcement contractor, 3GS. 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.