Image of cardboard waste in bin
Hove business woman, Alison Mapletoft, has been fined £600 for failing to dispose of her business waste legally. Ms. Mapletoft who runs her business (selling homemade cushions and scarves) from her home in Hove incurred the charges when her husband broke up a cardboard box delivered to her businesses PO Box. He then disposed of the cardboard in communal waste bins intended for domestic use.
The business woman then received a £300 fine for fly-tipping and a further £300 for not having a commercial waste disposal contract in place, totalling £600.
Ms. Mapletoft is quoted as saying "I didn't even know that putting a box with a business address in a domestic bin was an offence."
Brighton and Hove City Council said: "Businesses, including those operating from home or mobile traders, are required by law to dispose of their own recycling and refuse as it is business waste."
So what counts as business waste? The UK governments website has this definition "Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste." The government website also goes on to give the following advice:

1. Your responsibilities

You must:

  • keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste (in that order) - get help to do this
  • sort and store waste safely and securely
  • complete a waste transfer note for each load of waste that leaves your premises
  • check if your waste carrier is registered to dispose of waste
JW Waste Recycling can ensure you meet your legal obligations, and with our 'Waste Sack' collection starting from as little as £2.60 per collection, with FREE cardboard collection, it's a lot cheaper than a potential fine.
See our Commercial waste pages for more information or you can give us a call on 01761 479 444 to find out more and sign-up with us.