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Everything you need to know about commercial waste permits and licenses

It is a legal regulation for every person disposing of commercial waste to carry certain permits and licenses before visiting a commercial recycling facility. In this article, we explain what you need from a customer’s point of view, and also what you need as a business to run a commercial waste facility legally. 

Are you looking to dispose of commercial waste?

As someone who is disposing of waste either for their own company, or on behalf of someone else, you must comply with certain regulations and hold various commercial waste permits or licenses. 

Registered Waste Carrier License 

This is the first thing you will require by law and you will need to prove that you have this when disposing of waste at any commercial recycling facility. 

There are 2 tiers of the license which we have explained below: 

Lower tier – this is for businesses that are disposing of their own waste (as opposed to hiring a company to remove the waste for them) such as a builder or construction worker. A lower tier license is free and you can register your business for one here.

Upper tier – this is for businesses that are disposing of waste for someone else, for example you may be a skip company, or are a waste broker. You can register for your upper tier license here.  

Waste transfer note

The second piece of compliant paperwork you will require when disposing of waste, either for yourself or for someone else, is a waste transfer note. 

This note can be simply downloaded and filled out ready to show at the commercial recycling facility and should be carried at all times within your waste disposal vehicle. 

Download your waste transfer note >>

This legal document outlines the amount of waste you are responsible for, the type of waste, and also information about yourself. 

Hazardous waste consignment note

The other possible compliance document from a customers’ point of view that we are going to cover is the hazardous waste consignment note. Again, this is a legal document that is required when transporting hazardous waste. 

Download your hazardous waste consignment note >>

Similar to the waste transfer note, this provides the waste facility with information about the waste, including quantities, type and information about the carrier. 

You can find out more information about what qualifies for a waste to be hazardous on our website.

What we have to comply with…

As a commercial recycling company that operates 2 facilities, one in Dorset and one in Somerset, we must carry certain legal documents in order to accept waste into either of our facilities. 

Environmental permits 

For us to operate legally, we need an environmental permit which is issued by the Environmental Agency. We hold 3 of these, one for our Canford waste facility, one for Canford inert waste and one for Southwood in Shepton Mallet. 

On each of these permits we are provided with a list of waste types that are issued with a 6 digit EWC code, this basically explains what waste types that facility can accept and handle. We have to ensure that the waste coming into any of our facilities is compliant with what our permit says. 

Our environmental permit also means that we have been assessed on various categories including: 

  • Waste acceptance 
  • Waste treatment 
  • Waste recovery
  • Risk assessing 
  • Flood prevention

You can learn more about the Environment Agency on the website. 

In addition to the above, we must also take out various types of insurance and planning permissions to accept waste. 

Visit Commercial Recycling for Dorset and Somerset waste disposal

If you’re a business looking to dispose of your commercial waste, you can visit one of our 2 recycling facilities. 

Dorset recycling centre >>

Somerset recycling centre >> 

For more information and tipping prices, or for further advice on the permits you need, visit our website, give us a call on 01202 331560 or email us on

Take a look at our Facebook page for more updates from both our recycling centres. 

What happens to your waste once it’s arrived at our commercial recycling centre?

You may not think twice about what happens to your waste once you’ve disposed of it at one of our commercial recycling centres, but little did you know that it’s actually a very complex process. 

In this article, we explain the processes that your waste will go through and the lengths our company goes to, to ensure that we recycle as much as possible and very little ends up in landfill. 

First things first… 

The first stage of the process is all in your hands – ideally, we need your waste to be separated. This is hugely important in assisting us to do the whole recycling operation correctly, but also helps keep costs down for you as segregated wastes are cheaper to dispose of. 

When you arrive on site, simply let our weighbridge operators know what you are on site to dispose of. This may be green waste, inert waste, hazardous waste, mixed waste or any of the other waste streams we accept. 

Next up, the machines get involved

We use a very skilled operator and a 360 machine with a grab on it to manually pick out the larger bits of waste. These may or may not be recyclable and could be anything from pallets to sofas, carpets, furniture and large plastic items. 

Once the larger waste items have been removed, the smaller items will be ready to be processed and will be taken to our waste plant. Our modern waste plant is only 3 years old and enables us to further recycle the waste that you bring to us.

Now onto the screening process

We have 3 screening sizes at our plant that are used to separate and recycle the waste, allowing us to be as precise as possible.

Firstly, the smallest size allows elements of waste between 0-15mm to pass through, this will typically include soil and small inert waste (dust, rubble, crushed bricks, stones etc). 

Next up is the 15-100mm screen. This size filters out larger lumps of hardcore and heavier fractions of waste. It then goes through a slightly different process than the first size which includes a clean up. Due to the nature of this size of screening you will get smaller bits of wood and plastic fall through so this goes through an air separator and bath. By going through this technology, it allows us to recycle the materials into various recycled aggregates which are used all across Dorset and Hampshire. 

There is also a magnet belt which allows us to pick out any metal that is within the waste, so everything at this point is separated and cleaned well. 

You can learn more about our recycled aggregates here >>  

Lastly the waste travels through the largest of our screening belts. This is for waste that is 100mm+. At this stage, our waste operatives will manually pick off any waste items that can be recovered, this may include: 

  • Wood 
  • UPVC 
  • Aluminium 
  • Big lumps of hardcore over 100mm 
  • Recyclables (paper, cardboard etc) 
  • Metals (aluminium, copper etc) 

The aim of the game is to separate and recycle

Once all these mixed waste screening processes have happened, we are typically left with various recyclables that are now all cleaned and ready to be repurposed. 

We try where possible to ensure that as little waste as possible is sent to the landfill centre, and many of our segregated waste types are reused again in the construction and building industry. 

What about hazardous waste?

This has to go through a different process to our mixed waste and will be taken to a different location separate to our recycling plant to be treated.

All hazardous waste that we receive is properly stored, packaged and sent off for further recovery and final disposal. Where possible our hazardous waste materials are recovered into energy rather than landfill. 

Learn more about hazardous waste disposal >>

Ready to visit one of our commercial recycling centres?

Whether you’re a business that needs to dispose of your commercial waste, or you’re a waste disposal company, we’re able to accept many waste types at both our Dorset centre in Wimborne or at our Somerset facility in Shepton Mallet.

You can download our 2021 price list or give our team a call on 01202 331560 if you have any questions regarding your waste management. For updates from our both recycling facilities, give our Facebook page a follow!

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