What businesses should do with waste

By law, businesses are supposed to safely and legally store, remove and dispose of any recycling and refuse they create.

In Brighton & Hove, businesses must make sure that their business waste is stored away from the pavement or road. This is unless it's in a trade waste container, and is secured in canvas bags or in a locked bin. Businesses are also responsible for clearing up litter caused by their customers and employees.

Common examples of waste problems caused by businesses:

  • bins or bags causing an obstruction on the pavement or road
  • bins or bags not being secured and waste littering the pavement or road
  • using residential recycling and refuse schemes, including the communal street bins, recycling boxes and public bins. However, businesses can use communal waste bins if using green Brighton & Hove logo waste sacks
  • not clearing up cigarette butts, drink cups or food litter caused by customers, staff or visitors
  • home-run businesses not getting rid of waste correctly, such as childminders and those hosting Airbnb properties

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

To report a business that is causing a waste problem, please tell us about the problem online or contact us on 01273 292929.

Find out more about how to dispose of business rubbish and recycling