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REFUSE Correct bags in Ealing The business of waste Companies, shops and restaurants all have a legal responsibility to dispose of the rubbish produced on their premises. Owners, it is down to you. Collection of commercial waste is not included in your business rates. T here are approximately 8,500 businesses in our borough, all producing various amounts of waste each week. They have to pay separately for its collection and disposal. All businesses produce some sort of rubbish on a weekly basis – even if it is a small shop, there is always something. Food wrappers, tea bags or even a few letters all count as commercial waste: If it is produced in a commercial premises, then it is the owner’s responsibility to dispose of it correctly. By law, this rubbish must be disposed of either by an officially registered waste carrier, or taken to a licenced waste and recycling site where there is a weighbridge and it is paid for on the day. Either way, businesses must have proof of where all their waste is disposed of by means of a ‘waste transfer note’, or receipts, which must 20 around ealing Summer 2014 be kept for a two-year period. Failure to be able to prove where the waste is disposed of could end in prosecution. WHY IS IT NOT COVERED BY BUSINESS RATES? Not every business wants to use Ealing Council’s services and some may decide they can find a service that suits them better with a private registered collector. Alternatively, sometimes a specialised collection may be required which the council cannot provide. Therefore, it does not make sense to include waste collection in business rates, or some companies would be paying twice. There are also huge differences between the amount of waste produced from the same-sized premises, so it is only fair that business owners only pay for what they produce and do not subsidise other sites, such as restaurants. DO NOT DUMP IT No commercial waste should ever be placed out in black sacks, or loose, on pavements or in the road, or in public bins. It is breaking the law. All registered contractors use different (often coloured) sacks to show that waste has been legally paid for. Inspectors and CCTV cameras monitor the streets day and night – and if businesses do put out black sacks they will be issued with a fine (a fixed penalty notice) or may be prosecuted. Every year disposing of illegal commercial waste costs the council money which could be spent on other services. If you suspect illegal fly-tipping of commercial waste on pavements or elsewhere, report it at www.ealing.gov.uk/report Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/refuse