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Business waste and recycling

You can request a business waste or recycling collection from us, or you can take it to our waste transfer station yourself. Find out how much these cost and what your responsibility is when dealing with business waste and recycling.

A duty of care applies to everyone involved in business waste and recycling; from producing to sorting, storing and transporting it. Your responsibilities are set out on GOV.UK

What is business waste?

Any rubbish or recycling produced from your business is business waste, or recycling. This includes running a business from your home (including B&Bs and childminder businesses). And you must pay to get rid of your business waste or recycling.

Avoid a fine

Place waste and recycling bins, sacks and cardboard out on the street for collection on the agreed collection day and time. If for any reason your waste or recycling isn't collected within these timescales, please bring it back in from the pavement or highway. We can fine you £100 for leaving your business waste or recycling out, even if we're not collecting it.

Collection times

Time slot Collected by
7.30am to 8.30am 10am (at the latest)
5pm to 6.30pm 8.45pm (at the latest)

Order a business waste or recycling collection

View the different types of bins and sacks we offer and request a collection by emailing us at businesswaste@bathnes.gov.uk, or calling us on 01225 39 40 41.

Collection costs

We collect business waste and recycling on a weekly basis. We can collect it more often for an additional charge. You can email us at businesswaste@bathnes.gov.uk or call us on 01225 39 40 41 for more information.

Our costs are outside the scope of VAT as we're a local authority providing the service. This means VAT is not charged on invoices to businesses within our boundary (VAT applies to brokers and other waste collection companies). There are also no additional costs for required documentation or monthly administration charges.

The following prices are based on per collection, from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Recycling costs
Material Container Container measurements Price per collection
Paper, cardboard (mixed or separated), cans and plastics (food or drink cans mixed with plastic packaging, e.g. bottles, tubs, pots and trays) 240 litre wheelie bin 750mm wide x 620mm deep x 1100mm high (1750mm with lid open) £4.40
  360 litre wheelie bin 665mm wide x 880mm deep x 1115mm high (1810mm with lid open) £4.65
  660 litre wheelie bin 1250mm wide x 720mm deep x 1310mm high (2030mm with lid open) £5.70
  1100 litre wheelie bin 1375mm wide x 1000mm deep x 1470mm high (2470mm with lid open) £8.10
Glass bottles and jars 240 litre wheelie bin 750mm wide x 620mm deep x 1100mm high (1750mm with lid open) £4.40
  360 litre wheelie bin 665mm wide x 880mm deep x 1115mm high (1810mm with lid open) £4.65
Food 140 litre wheelie bin 480mm wide x 550mm deep x 1060mm high (1480mm with lid open) £7.85
Paper or cans and plastics Business recycling sack (minimum order of 20) £1.80 each
Cardboard Stickers Stickers (minimum order of 20) £1.80 each
Waste costs
Container Container measurements Price per collection
Lilac sack (minimum order 50) £2.45 each
240 litre wheelie bin 750mm wide x 620mm deep x 1100mm high (1750mm with lid open) £6.45
360 litre wheelie bin 665mm wide x 880mm deep x 1115mm high (1810mm with lid open) £7.65
660 litre wheelie bin 1250mm wide x 720mm deep x 1310mm high (2030mm with lid open) £13.25
1100 litre wheelie bin 1375mm wide x 1000mm deep x 1470mm high (2470mm with lid open) £17.95

Pay for a business waste or recycling collection

There are a number of different ways you can pay us to collect your business waste or recycling.

Sacks and stickers

To pay for sacks or stickers, you'll need to pay with your credit or debit card when you order by calling us on 01225 39 40 41.

Bins

Pay by Direct Debit

To pay for a bin collection, we offer a 12 month agreement. This is payable by direct debit over 10 months or 6 monthly invoicing in advance. To set up a Direct Debit, please complete our Direct Debit form and return it to the address shown on the form.

To ensure payments are allocated correctly, please send all remittance advices to businesswaste@bathnes.gov.uk.

Pay by invoice

To pay your business waste invoice, please go to Pay your council invoice

Take your waste or recycling to our waste transfer station

WarningIf you transport your own business waste or recycling, you must register as a waste carrier.

You can take your business waste or recycling to our waste transfer station at Midland Road, Bath, BA1 3AT (next to our recycling centre). You must wear steel toe-capped boots and a hi-viz jacket when visiting our transfer station.

See our waste transfer station on a map

Costs

We charge a fee for you to dispose of your business waste at our waste transfer station. However, we do offer a reduction to customers who sort their waste for recycling before they deliver it to our waste transfer station.

Costs for sorted and unsorted waste and recycling
 

Sorted recycling 2019 to 2020

Reduced fee (including timber and wood) £82.53 per tonne, with a minimum charge of £41.27 (0.5 tonnes).

Reduced fee (no timber and wood) £63.02 per tonne, with a minimum charge of £31.51 (0.5 tonnes).

Each load must only contain the following recyclable items:

  • Greenery
  • Timber and wood
  • Rubble and soil
  • Metals
  • Cardboard

You can bring a mixture of these items in the same vehicle, but they must be separated and must not include any non-recyclable items. We will charge you for unsorted waste if you bring any non-recyclable items.

Unsorted waste 2019 to 2020

We don't recycle unsorted waste.

£150.83 per tonne, with a minimum charge of £75.41 (equivalent to 0.5 tonnes).

We only accept fridges, freezers and TVs from a business at the transfer station if you can prove they have been collected from a private domestic household.

Weighing your vehicle

If you need to weigh your vehicle, you can use our public weighbridge at our transfer station.

Weighbridge costs 2019 to 2020
Vehicle weight (tonnes) Charge per weigh
Up to 7.5t £5.51
7.5t - 16.25t £8.21
Over 16.25t £10.35

Our costs are outside the scope of VAT as we're a local authority providing the service.

Pay to use our waste transfer station

You can pay by cash, credit or debit card at our waste transfer station. We can also offer a monthly account if you regularly use our transfer station. To set up a monthly account or to find out more, please email us at businesswaste@bathnes.gov.uk.

Opening times

Our transfer station is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 12.30pm. Last vehicle must arrive no later than 12.15pm.

Hazardous waste

We're not licensed to collect or receive any hazardous waste from businesses at our waste transfer station.

If you deal with waste which has certain hazardous properties, you must ensure your business complies with the hazardous waste regulations set out on GOV.UK.