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Crackdown on commercial waste disposal

Fly-tipping before the clean up

Businesses in Calderdale are being reminded of their responsibilities for disposing of commercial waste, as Calderdale Council continues to crackdown on fly-tipping in the borough. 

Nearly 10,000 local businesses have been contacted by Calderdale Council, to inform them of their duty to dispose of commercial waste correctly. Environmental Health Officers will also shortly be visiting business premises at random to make spot checks of records to help people comply. 

The Council dealt with 3000 cases of fly-tipping in the last year. Many of these instances were found to consist of commercial waste.  

To ensure that waste is being disposed of correctly, owners of businesses need to know where their waste goes and be able to prove how it was dealt with. 

All businesses must have an individual business or commercial waste contract or documentation to show how their waste and recycling is managed.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Barry Collins, said:

“It’s so important that businesses know the rules when it comes to disposing of waste. Having a reputable waste contractor is vital, giving the business the peace of mind that their waste is being disposed of properly, to avoid being prosecuted for fly-tipping offences. 

“Some businesses, particularly smaller ones, may not be aware of these rules, so we’re issuing letters and spot checks to remind people and ensure they aren’t caught out by unscrupulous waste contractors.” 

For more information about how to dispose of commercial waste correctly, visit https://www.gov.uk/managing-your-waste-an-overview(external link). Or for Calderdale specific advice, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk and search for ‘Commercial Waste’.

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