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Does your business even need commercial waste collection?

Commercial waste collection or business waste collection is one of the aspects of a business often unmarked by many business owners. It often affects their business negatively. Most countries have it as a legal duty. Furthermore, ignoring the disposal in your business is only going to cause you an additional or unplanned cost in the future and as a business owner, you know that every cent counts.

In this article, you would get to know why this should be an important part of your business plan.

What is it?

Commercial waste is generated from commercial or business premises which include recreation, entertainment, sport, and education. It originates from activities including:

  • Wholesaler
  • Catering
  • Fishing, forestry
  • Educational services
  • Administrative services
  • Sorting, resource recovery, reprocessing ad recycling operations
  • Mining

Additionally, it could be hazardous or non-hazardous. The commercial waste cannot be disposed of in your domestic refuse bin as every business is expected to have legal arrangements for their collection.

There are two more names: business or trade waste.

Here are 2 reasons why it should be collected in every commercial business

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It is your legal duty

It is required that all businesses legally dispose of their commercial waste and that any organization that it is passed to is to transport and dispose of the waste safely as written in the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 34.

Non-compliance to this law attracts penalties, you could be fined unlimitedly or even worse receive a prison sentence if you are convicted by a magistrate’s court, you could be in prison for more than 10moths or in some other courts for more than 4years. This makes having a commercial waste collection your duty of care. For more information, click this link.

It could be hazardous

Hazardous waste comes with potential threats to the public and our environment. Hazardous substances are known to have one or all of these characteristics.

  • Ignitability
  • Reactivity
  • Toxicity and
  • Corrosivity.

The type of waste produced in your business would determine whether you are producing a hazardous waste or not. Some examples are chemicals, batteries, asbestos, ad pesticides.

There are other requirements under this category which you can get more information on from this link

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2 Ways of disposing


If you are not a fan of using the local or private collection, you could as well take it directly to the commercial site.

Being a business owner, you might want total control over all your business processes which include the disposal and it could also be because of the presence of illegal commercial waste carriers in the country. That is fine. But you must make sure you are getting rid of it in the appropriate way.

If you must do this, you must register according to the law, as a carrier. Registration is usually free for disposing only of the one produced by your business. If not, the carrier license will cost you around 120$ per year or even more coupled with the cost of running fuel, maintenance of the vehicles, the main labor involved, etc. all this will only make you incur more cost and this could become a burden to your business that Instead of focusing solely on the efficiency of your business you would need to also monitor the processes. For this reason, having a waste disposal collection is vital.

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The wastage from your business establishment should be passed to a carrier. You must be sure that the organization the waste is passed to is registered and provides you with a transfer note. If the organization does not provide a  transfer note they might be illegal, you should make proper findings on such organizations.

Also, doing this outwardly minimizes cost. Cost minimization and business efficiency are vital for the success of ay business. For this reason, it is better to use a disposal collector than to do this by yourself.

The cost implications

This all depends on the type of waste you produce, the quantity and where your business is located. According to, All this would determine the amount of money you will spend on a commercial collection.

For example, if your business needs a frequent collection and you are in a remote or local area, you can expect to spend more on it than a business owner located in the urban area and do not need frequently.

Additionally, if you need guidance on getting an accurate idea of the cost of your commercial waste collection clicks on It has all the relevant information.

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Commercial waste collection is very important in every commercial business not only because it is our legal duty but it also poses a hazardous threat to our community and if not disposed of properly it would endanger our lives and environment.

This should be a priority when you’re setting up a business.

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