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How to dispose of business rubbish and recycling

About the rubbish and recycling service we offer businesses and how waste can be disposed of legally

Our business recycling and rubbish service

We can visit your business, assess your waste needs and give a no-obligation quote. Apply for business collection service by filling in this form.

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.

If you run a business from your home, the recycling and refuse you produce is classified as business waste. For example, running a childminding business or property rental firm from your home.

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

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 communual 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

Please contact the council's Cityclean team on 01273 290798 if you’d like a quote for removing bulky commercial 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've also 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

Businesses must hold a duty of care waste transfer notice. This shows us they dispose of waste legally.

If you, as a business, are not supplied with a duty of care certificate 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 certificates as do our enforcement contractor 3GS. If you do not have legal method for disposing of your waste you could receive a fine which could lead to prosecution and a criminal record.