If you close your business, you must make sure your commercial waste is disposed of.
- Waste – remove all internal and external waste before the closure of your premises.
- Waste bins – empty all waste bins and move bins to a secure area. Lock if possible, to prevent others using them. You should also tell your waste contractor that you are temporarily closing.
Reopening your business
If your business has been closed due to Covid 19 restrictions, here is some things to consider when reopening:
- Provide extra bins for your staff and customers to throw away face coverings and any other additional waste, such as cleaning waste and packaging.
- Cleaning waste – used cloths and wipes should be put in the general waste bin.
- Used cleaning cloths and wipes do not need to be put in an extra bag or stored for a time before thrown away.
- If you’re managing a suspected or confirmed outbreak of coronavirus follow the guidance on cleaning non-healthcare settings.
Your waste responsibilities
Please ensure you continue to adhere to your legal waste responsibilities.
- All businesses must store, transfer, transport and dispose of their business waste without harming the environment.
- Recycling regulations require that all business must recycle the following materials: paper, cardboard, plastics, metal and glass.
- Food businesses must recycle their food waste.
Despite the current pandemic, the waste regulations remain unchanged.
For more information please visit Duty of Care - Your Waste Responsibilities.
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