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Retail waste disposal – City of Westminster

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Retail waste disposal from shops across Westminster

Westminster is home to some of the most famous shopping streets in the world including Oxford Street, Regent Street, New Bond Street, Brompton Road and Covent Garden. These streets are crowded with millions of shoppers each year. Within Westminster’s 22km² there are approximately 7,000 shops. Each of these outlets inevitably creates retail waste that, multiplied up, equate to tonnes of waste and recycling being generated across Westminster every day. 

Having frequent, reliable, waste and recycling collections is essential in order to maintain a safer, cleaner, more productive store. Not only can effective retail waste solutions improve a store’s productivity, but retailers also benefit from being more sustainable. Sustainability at this time can appeal to customers but can also save retail operations money. However, to achieve this, retailers need a reliable commercial waste partner that can provide a range of services all year round. That is where Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services can help.

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The most popular services used for waste disposal in retail stores

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What are the benefits of using our retail waste management services in Westminster?

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Collections 365 day’s a year

Unlike some other waste collectors, we never stop collecting waste; every day of the year including bank holidays and even on Christmas Day! The retail industry produces waste all year round, and busy periods often fall on times that other waste operators are closed.

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Order waste bags online 

We have made ordering waste bags easier than ever before. You simply create an account on our online portal, from here you will have access to pre-order waste bags 24/7. Get started with your online portal.

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Coffee cup recycling

54% of people finish their hot drink within 15 minutes and need somewhere to dispose of this quickly. With our new coffee cup recycling service you can implement specialist bins to ensure you’re meeting your customer needs and reducing your carbon footprint. Find out more now!

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Meeting UK law requirements

We can give you the advice and support you to need to help your business comply with legislation.

There are strict laws on waste management, and it’s crucial that you have a waste operator that meets all those requirements.

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We offer five main recycling services so that we can recover materials in the best way possible. Mixed recycling: glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, cartons and cans. Paper and cardboard only, including confidential waste. Glass only, food waste only and specialist waste streams such as batteries, bulky waste and electrical appliances.

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Waste Audit

Our waste management audit will allow our retail waste expert to identify the services that your store requires. They will come to your premises at a time that suits you and provide you with valuable insight into how you can improve your waste management. Book your waste audit.

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Talk to our retail waste experts

Talk to our retail waste management experts, they have decades of experience in helping your business achieve an environmentally friendly waste disposal service.

Our experts can provide you with valuable insights into how you can improve your current waste management practices, or offer you advice on services that may improve what you currently have in place.

Get in touch today to see how we can help your retail store improve its waste management.


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Commercial waste guide for the retail sector

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This short guide on commercial waste in the retail sector provides you with a brief outline as to why Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services is your number one choice for retail waste collections. The guide includes:

  • Tips on how to manage and handle your waste correctly
  • The laws behind waste management for restaurants and bars
  • How we help you comply with the law

No matter the size of your retail store, the information within this guide remains the same and will provide some insight into waste management within your sector.


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8 tips for choosing a new commercial waste partner

If you’re looking for a new commercial waste partner then this guide will be useful to you. It addresses questions that you should be asking your potential new partner and what you should be looking for in the response to these. The guide includes:

  • Assessing reliability of a waste operator
  • Looking into costs and value for money
  • Avoiding lengthy contracts
  • Analysing their range of collections – do they offer everything your venue needs?

There are also aspects of this guide which are regularly forgotten, such as your businesses duty of care towards the environment and the support your waste partner can provide.


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8 tips for businesses to reduce waste

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This guide provides you with quick tips on how to reduce waste. Including particular subjects that may interest the retail sector such as reducing packaging and sending no waste to landfill. If your the role in your organisation includes reducing waste generated and organising efficient and good value waste collection, we hope our guide will help. The guide includes:

  • Stopping potential waste from being produced in the first place
  • Finding someone who can use things you no longer need
  • Ways to reduce food waste
  • Keeping your recycling separate from general waste
  • Avoiding fines
  • Sending all waste for recycling and zero to landfill

Not only will this guide help you reduce waste. It will help you reduce the time spent on managing your waste, the money spent on disposing of the waste and the negative impacts it may have on the environment.


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Putting your rubbish bags out correctly in Westminster

Ensuring there’s as little rubbish as possible on the streets of Westminster is one of our key objectives. Ideally, all retail stores would have internal waste and recycling bins, as opposed to putting bags of rubbish on the street for collection. However, we realise that this simply isn’t possible in some cases, so there will always be a need for bagged waste to be collected from some streets in Westminster. To avoid these streets having an excessive amount of rubbish bags on them, there are rules in place which prevents this.

1. Place your bags out at the right time

There are set times in place for those who want to place rubbish bags and card bundles on the streets, ready for collection (this applies for both household and business waste, irrespective of who will collect them). You can find the collection times for every street in Westminster via this link. 

It is important you only place out your rubbish bags 30 minutes prior to the start of the collection time. You can’t place rubbish bags on the street outside of collection times under any circumstance.

2. Your bags must be in the right place

Rubbish bags must be placed outside of your own store, or as close to it’s building the line as possible. Some types of waste are not permitted to be placed on the street for collection. To find out more about this, click here.

3. Your rubbish must be in the right bag

If our collection crew notice that rubbish is not being placed in the correct bag, it can be left behind – you are responsible for ensuring your rubbish is in the right bag. Find out more about presenting your rubbish in the right bag.

4. Bags must be closed and tied up, with no leaks

Rubbish bags come with a risk of leaking, which can cause staining and unsanitary patches on the street. You must ensure your rubbish bags don’t leak. See these tips on how to do this.

5. What happens if your rubbish is not presented correctly?

When rubbish is found out at the wrong time or in the wrong place, our enforcement officers will issue a fine or take prosecution action

The Commercial Waste Service doesn’t look after the enforcement of waste rules and laws. This is done through the Street Management service who can issue fines (FPNs) and notices when rubbish is mismanaged (fly-tipping). This service operates on a 24/7 basis and are happy to assist you with any enforcement related questions. Find out more about what they do via this link.

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Providing retail waste management services to stores located in Westminster's famous shopping streets

We have extensive experience in providing waste management in retail stores throughout Westminster, whether you run a small or large shop. Below are four of the most popular shopping streets in Westminster, in which we provide our retail waste management services. If you are looking for waste and recycling services in any of these locations, or any other street in Westminster, please talk to our retail waste experts to see how we can help you.

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Oxford Street is Westminster’s and even Europes busiest shopping street, it has approximately half a million daily visitors to its 300 shops.

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New Bond Street is just south of Oxford Street and is the home of many established fashion outlets that sell prestigious items.

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Piccadilly is just West of the famous Piccadilly Circus. It has lots of retail stores spanning it’s one mile radius.

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Regent Street is a major shopping street located in the West End of London. It is home to numerous flagship stores and international brands.
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Is it possible to become a zero waste shop?

Zero waste has recently become a widely recognised term. Although you might expect ‘zero’ waste to refer to no waste being produced at all (this would be impossible), the actual definition refers to not sending any waste to landfill sites. This target is entirely possible with the help of Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services.

The first step to becoming a zero waste shop is to try and cut down any waste that may be produced right from the beginning. This reduction can be made by:

  • Buying items with less packaging.
  • Reduce or provide reusable packaging on your products.

After doing everything to try and decrease the amount of waste that’s produced, it’s time to focus on recycling. Some ideas for this include:

  • Separating your different types of recycling will lead to higher quality materials being generated from this waste rather than mixed recycling.
  • Ensuring all bins have clear labels, showing what can and can’t be put in each.
  • Reuse certain items or avoid using single-use items.

Even after all of this is may still seem impossible to recycle everything and produce no general waste at all. This is correct, and it’s inevitable that some general waste will always be produced. In this case, it’s your responsibility to ensure that none of this waste is going to landfill. Here at Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services, we ensure that none of our general waste gets sent to landfill. Instead, we use the general waste we collect to generate electricity, used in London homes and businesses. All of the recyclable materials we collect are sent to a local materials recovery facility where the materials are separated and prepared for manufacturing use. So by using our services, you will always be achieving ‘zero waste’.

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Other useful information on retail waste management

The WRAP retail supply chain guide

This article from WRAP shows you how to make the most of your resources to benefit the environment and provide business advantages. It shows you how WRAP is already working with retail supply chains to reduce the amount of waste being produced. Read the article.


How much carbon is your waste producing?

Find out how much carbon you can save by using Westminster City Council Commercial Waste. Our calculator shows you how much carbon you can save by just implementing more recycling services into your businesses. Try it now. 

London’s first plastic-free shop

Bulk Market located in East London is the capitals first zero plastic shop. The market style shop allows you to bring your own containers and pay for your groceries depending on the weight of what you are buying. Read more about the revolutionary store.


How choosing the right waste operator can help you reduce air pollution

It’s essential for retailers to understand where their waste operators are coming from and where they are taking your waste. If they are travelling long distances to pick up or dispose of your waste, then your waste could be producing lots of air pollutants. Read more about how your waste can reduce air pollution.

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We provide retail waste management to the whole of the City of Westminster, see if your store is within our radius below.

Even if you also have branches elsewhere we can assist you with setting up a waste management solution.

We cover the whole of Westminster

The City of Westminster has several well-known shopping and retail orientated street within its jurisdiction. They include:

Mayfair – W1J / K1S

Soho – W1D / W1F

Fitzrovia – W1T

Oxford Street – W1D 1BS

Pimlico – SW1V

Bayswater – W2

Knightsbridge – SW7 / SW1

Regent Street –W1B 4EA

Belgravia – SW7 / SW1

Marylebone – NW1 / W1H

Brompton Road – SW1X 7QN

New Bond Street – W1S 1SP