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Animal By-Product Regulations for raw meat, fish and poultry waste

Due to previous outbreaks of diseases among livestock the Animal By-Product Regulations were introduced making it a legal requirement to keep raw meat, fish and poultry waste separate. It cannot be disposed of in the general rubbish and must never re-enter the food supply. If you run a butcher shop, fishmongers or other outlet dealing with raw uncooked animal products you have to arrange collections of this waste through an appropriately licensed contractor. This will ensure the waste will not cause a threat to food safety and is correctly processed. More information on this subject can be found here. Waste food from restaurants and other food outlets is classed as catering waste and can be collected using the City Council’s food waste service. Catering waste cannot be presented in plastic sacks on the street, only in closed containers.

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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Battery Directive

The Batteries Directive requires that all waste portable, industrial and vehicle batteries in the UK must be collected, treated and recycled separately. Batteries shouldn’t be put in the general waste or recycling. Battery producers are paying for collection and recycling of the batteries they place on the market through Battery Compliance Schemes. The City Council can help you with disposing of batteries.

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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Licenses, Policies and Certificates

The most requested documents are available for you to download below. If the document you require is not there please contact us.

Our business continuity and contingency planning

Terms & Conditions-Commercial Waste Services

Disclaimer self-supplied bins

Greener City Action Plan

All Westminster environmental strategies

Noise Strategy 

Employers Liability

Public Indemnity Insurance

Veolia Waste Carriers Licence

Veolia ISO certifications

Veolia FORS Gold Award

Westminster City Council’s municipal waste management strategy

Privacy Policy

Equality and Diversity (equal opportunties)

Veolia provides the service on behalf of the City Council. Their social responsibility policies section can be accessed through this link

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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Pre-Treatment Regulations for commercial waste

Landfill is an outdated method of waste disposal which is being phased out in the UK, hence the pre-treatment requirement of the Landfill Directive came into effect in 2007. Untreated rubbish can’t be thrown into landfill sites and as such it must be treated beforehand. ”Treating it” means separating the recyclable from non-recyclable fractions or you sending rubbish to a non-landfill based outlet, for example, energy from waste incineration. Making sure your business complies with laws around waste couldn’t be easier if you use our services. Just follow these 2 steps:

  1. Separate your recyclable from non-recyclable rubbish (e.g. by using our blue recycling bags or customised recycling bin)
  2. Send your non-recyclable waste to energy recovery (Zero landfill) via our general waste service

With Westminster’s Commercial Waste Service you will have the peace of mind your rubbish always goes to the right place. This is because rubbish Councils collect is far more regulated and monitored than rubbish collected by private commercial waste collectors.

Frequently Asked Questions on Commercial Waste

Please follow this link.

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive

Electrical and electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Around 2 million tonnes of it are produced every year which is enough to fill the Olympic Stadium twice. As a business you are obliged to keep electrical waste separate. It shouldn’t be thrown in the general commercial waste or recycling. The City Council can collect waste electrical equipment through a bulky waste collection so it can be environmentally friendly recycled.

Frequently Asked Questions on Commercial Waste

Please follow this link.

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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Waste Hierarchy

In September 2011 a major change was made by the Department of Food Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to the way in which the annual WTN is completed. A changed hierarchy of options for managing rubbish was introduced which gives top priority to preventing rubbish. When rubbish is created, it gives priority to preparing it for re-use, then recycling, then recovery (such as energy from waste incineration) and last of all landfill. You are asked to confirm on the annual WTN that you have considered all options for:

  1. preventing/reducing rubbish (see here for more information)
  2. re-using it (for example with packaging materials, furniture or toner cartridges),
  3. recycling it (through the City Council’s recycling scheme) and
  4. recovering it (by using the City Council’s residual waste collection service which sends residual waste to a local energy from waste facility  instead of landfill).

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has developed a useful tool on how to apply the ‘waste hierarchy’. It can be accessed here.

Frequently Asked Questions on Commercial Waste

Please follow this link.

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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Waste Transfer Notes

A Waste Transfer Note (WTN)  is issued whenever rubbish changes hands to show proof that your business has done its bit by giving it to someone who is allowed to take the rubbish and won’t dump it illegally somewhere.  A WTN can be issued to cover a particular collection, for example for an ad-hoc collection during a floor clear-out or refurbishment. This WTN will cover one particular collection. For regular rubbish collections, such as for the bags/bins your business places out every day, the WTN is issued once a year as a so-called ‘season ticket’ and will then cover multiple collections in that year. If your businesses is located in a managed building with the landlord or managing agent arranging waste collection, e.g. through a centralised facility, then you need to ask them for a valid copy of the WTN. Only registered customers can download their WTN when ordering online or have one sent when ordering over the phone. We do not send blank WTNs to unregistered businesses. You complete, sign and return the WTN to us to ensure you are covered. Its important that you keep a signed copy of the WTN for two years as proof that your rubbish ends up where it needs to end up. If you need a spare copy of your WTN  right now then this can be obtained by contacting us on 020 7641 6180. Important information contained on the WTN includes:

  • A description of the type of rubbish collected,  how it is contained (e.g. in bags or bins) and how often it is collected
  • Confirmation of the collector’s license to legally collect rubbish and details of where it is taken to
  • Your company’s 2007 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
  • That the so called ‘waste hierarchy’ has been applied to any rubbish generated by your business

An example of how a Westminster City Council WTN is completed correctly can be found hereIf you have been served a Notice by the City Council requiring you to provide proof of your WTNs please read here  since this and other waste enforcement is not dealt with by the Commercial Waste Service.

Frequently Asked Questions on Commercial Waste

Please follow this link.

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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Waste Storage Requirements

Every business premises in Westminster is required to have adequate waste storage space which can accommodate the output of 3 days’ worth of rubbish. Waste contained in containers (bins) is preferred over bags presented on the street.  Bins can’t be stored on the street and must be kept on your own premises. Bins permanently stored on Westminster’s property (i.e. the streets) will be removed. More information on waste storage requirements is available via this link.

Frequently Asked Questions on Commercial Waste

Please follow this link.

Enforcement of commercial waste

The Commercial Waste Service does not enforce legislation and policies around waste e.g. through FPNs and Notices. This is part of the Street Management Service and more information is available through this link.

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