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The importance of managing trade waste responsibly

12 June 2020

To help maintain high levels of recycling and reduce the amount of materials sent to landfill, it’s important your business understands how to manage its trade waste responsibly.  Not only does this help ensure your business lowers its environmental impact but can benefit you in other ways too. 

Conform to trade waste laws

The first major benefit of disposing of trade waste responsibly is to keep you out of trouble with the law. That’s because under The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, it’s a legal requirement for businesses to control their waste. The rules apply to all those that produce, import or export, carry or transport, keep or store, treat or dispose of waste. 

Protection from health and safety claims 

Mishandling of your trade waste can result in dangerous environments where accidents are more likely to occur. For example, excess waste spilling onto a walkway could cause someone to fall over and seriously hurt themselves, potentially resulting in a legal claim being made against your business. By handling your trade waste responsibly however, you ensure you’re operating within a safe environment and are protected against claims.  

Save money on materials

There are a number of ways that handling your trade waste responsibly can save you money. For instance, reusing materials can significantly reduce your costs as you won’t have to buy new materials as often and you save on transporting waste to a recycling centre, or arranging for it to be picked up. 

Enjoy a glowing reputation  

In recent years especially, companies that can demonstrate they take their waste and recycling responsibilities seriously are regarded highly by both their customers and the wider general public, improving existing relationships and opening doors to new ones. Handling your trade waste can also make you eligible for certain government funds. 

Your local trade waste service

Our team of recycling experts in Poole offers a waste disposal service for trade customers at our Waste Transfer Station based on the Nuffield Industrial Estate in Poole. Contact us today for help with disposing of commercial waste responsibly.


W&S Recycling is a trade waste disposal expert and to ensure as much material is kept out of landfill as possible, we manually sort the waste. To learn more, get in touch by calling 01202 675564

Branch Finder

Locate your nearest household waste centre and scrap yard using the list below. Unsure of where your waste needs to go? Contact our team and we'll be more than happy to help. For your local council charges visit the Oxford Council and Dorset For You websites.

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