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Commercial waste

If you are trading as a business, then any waste that you produce is classed as commercial waste.

Duty of care

Businesses have a legal obligation known as the 'duty of care' regarding how rubbish is stored and disposed of. Under this duty you must:

  • Ensure your commercial waste is not disposed of illegally or fly tipped
  • Ensure your commercial waste is disposed of by a licensed contractor and that they hold a valid Waste Carriers Licence
  • Keep documentary evidence for a period of two years of how you dispose of your rubbish

Information about the rules around duty of care can be found on the Gov.UK website.

Commercial Waste must not be disposed of in domestic bins and shop frontages must be kept clean at all times. Failure to comply with this can result in the Council issuing a fixed penalty notice.

Removal of commercial waste

The council is not responsible for the removal of commercial waste; you must use a licensed waste contractor to remove your commercial, hazardous and special waste. Commercial waste collections are chargeable and do not form part of your business rates. 

Find a licensed waste business

There are public registers available within England and Wales where you can find:

Trade waste and recycling disposal centre

A new trade waste and recycling centre opened on 30 July 2018 on Bumpers Lane, Chester. For more information visit our trade waste and recycling page.

Removal of commercial waste in Chester city centre

If you are trading as a business in Chester city centre then you must place your waste out for collection between 8.30am until 10.30am each day.

If you put out waste outside these hours you will be served a notice telling you to stick to agreed timings. Failure to comply with this notice will result in a fine being issued.

Applying for a waste licence

If you need to transport, store, treat or dispose of waste you may need to apply for a licence to:

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