Commercial Waste

Commercial Waste Collections

It is not permitted to put business waste into the domestic wheelie bins, recycling containers or recycling centres, all of which are paid for by domestic council tax payers.  Business waste must stored and disposed of responsibly, handled only by people that are authorised to do so and will deliver your waste to a licensed site.  Records of all transferred waste must be kept for at least two years.

South Somerset's service for collections of commercial waste from businesses is delivered by May Gurney, the contractor for waste collections for the Somerset Waste Partnership.  There are a number of businesses that will collect your waste but we believe we offer the most competitive price locally for small businesses who find a sack collection the most economic for their needs.

Commercial Waste Interest

Your Waste Duty of Care

Each individual and business has a duty of care over their waste, even after it has left your home or premises, and failure to take reasonable steps to do this risks prosecution and a £5,000 fine.

And if you or your business pay someone to take your waste away - man-with-a-van, builders, gardeners or other tradespeople - it is important to check if they have a waste carrier's licence.

Ask to see the original licence, not a copy, ensure you know where your waste will go, and keep a record of the person or business taking the waste and their vehicle. This is an important step to deter and prevent the environmental crime of fly-tipping.

Somerset Waste Partnership

Waste collection and recycling in Somerset is managed by Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP), on behalf of all of the district councils.

District councils are responsible for waste collection (such as kerbside recycling, emptying of household wheelie bins, collection of black bags etc) whilst the county council (Somerset County Council) is responsible for waste disposal, such as Household Waste Recycling Centres, landfill sites and more.

Please use the following weblink to view the latest Somerset Waste Board Forward Plan of planned key decisions published on the Council's website today.

Cabinet Forward Plan

Please note the change to the layout of the Forward Plans due to the new Access to Information Regulations recently published by the Government. The Forward Plan is now being published on a weekly basis rather than every month. 

The next meeting of the Somerset Waste Board will be held at 10.00am on Friday 22 February in the Luttrell Room, County Hall. The agenda and papers will be published on 14 February:

Somerset Waste Board - Agendas and Minutes

Hazardous waste (Including Asbestos)

Hazardous waste such as paints, batteries, oils, television sets and asbestos, must be disposed of at properly managed waste facilities.

Find your nearest recycling centre for hazardous waste

Find out more about Asbestos.