Businesses in South Kesteven are being reminded to check their trade waste agreements to ensure their waste and recycling is disposed of correctly.
SKDC are working with traders across the district to ensure they comply with rules to safely contain and legally dispose of any waste produced from their trading.
The law and regulations surrounding waste are very strict and requires businesses to have trade waste agreements in place.
The majority have but the council is aware of some cases where businesses use nearby residential bins or the council’s public litter bins to dispose of their commercial waste.
It has experience where business waste has been disposed of in the street or bins are filled illegally and in some cases to the point they are overflowing.
Businesses have a public care of duty not to dispose of their waste irresponsibly and if they do are committing an offence which carries a fine of £300
Four businesses in one area of Grantham town centre have worked with the council in recent weeks to find solutions to their individual needs to dispose of waste correctly.
Bladerunner hairdressers, Chris O’Connor Cycles, the Model Railway Shop Grantham and Thompson Industrial Tyre Services on Watergate in the town have all checked their agreements.
All are now aware of the need to dispose of their own waste, including paying for its disposal where necessary and keeping all receipts and tipping notes for at least two years.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Coun John Smith said: “It’s important for us to support businesses and work together to provide a good environment for businesses to prosper.
“Treating everyone equally is part of that world and it’s simply only fair to those businesses that comply with the law that others do too.
“It is vital businesses find a solution and put in place an agreement that means they are not using public or residential bins. This also means the area around their premises is not littered with their waste and the public can see they are a responsible trader.”
The law applies to every business, including anyone working from home such as garden clearances, packing, delivering, crèche or child minding, small businesses or second hand shops.
Businesses wishing to find out more on should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01476 40 60 80.
Left to right on the accompanying image are John Thompson, Thompson Industrial Tyre Services, SKDC’s Environmental Health team leader Pete Rogers, James Meadows from Bladerunner and Paul Cooper from the Model Railway Shop Grantham.