Business Waste and Recycling

This page contains information about Waste and Recycling collections for local businesses.

For queries about Recycling and Sustainability for businesses in Mid Sussex please get in touch with West Sussex Sustainable Business Partnership CIC on 01273 964239. They can provide a list of businesses who offer recycling services for your business in the area.

All District & Boroughs in West Sussex have signed up to to the Joint Commercial & Industrial Waste Strategy for West Sussex 2010 - 2035. This details the strategic aim for West Sussex C&I waste and includes key policies, objectives and commitments for local authorities and stakeholders in West Sussex. It is a long term strategy which District & Boroughs are working under.

For more information for businesses in Mid Sussex please look at the Business pages.

Responsibility of Businesses for Disposal of Waste 

Every business that produces waste has a responsibility to manage it properly, the Right Waste, Right Place website will help you comply with the law.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 businesses have a duty of care for all their waste, including general rubbish and things that can be recycled. Mid Sussex District Council can only provide free services for household waste collections. The following is a list of things you need to be sure you have covered:

  • A Trade Refuse Agreement with a carrier who is legally authorised to carry waste and pay the charges. Or, you may take your own rubbish to a licensed disposal site or tip and pay the charges. Businesses cannot use the public Household Waste Recycling Sites for free tipping.
  • Check that your carrier holds a Waste Carrier's Certificate of Registration or is exempt.
  • Check that your carrier is taking your waste to a licensed disposal site or tip. Carriers cannot use the public civic amenity sites for free tipping. You can be prosecuted if your carrier fly-tips your rubbish.
  • Ensure that you complete the waste transfer note and provide a written description of the waste. Unless the nature, quantity and collector of your waste changes, this will be on an annual basis. Normally your carrier will produce this for you as part of your agreement.
  • Keep a copy of all documentation for two years. You may have to produce this to a council officer on demand. You can be prosecuted if you cannot produce full records for the last two years.
  • Set aside adequate space for storage (between collections) inside the building or in an enclosed exterior space. Don't let your rubbish blow away and cause litter.
  • Put out your refuse at the time given to you by the contractor and not before. Where possible, keep all your rubbish and bins on your own property when waiting for collection. If this is not possible, put it close to your door so that it is clear that it is your rubbish waiting for collection.

Don't risk being prosecuted for causing litter/fly tipping.

Help and Advice 

West Sussex Sustainable Business Partnership

The West Sussex Sustainable Business Partnership Community Interest Company (WSSBP CIC) offers a range of services, including training and networking events, for businesses looking to improve their energy, waste and water efficiency. The WSSBP CIC compiles a Recyclers List, which includes contact and service details of over sixty-five recycling businesses operating in West Sussex. To receive your free copy of the Recyclers List please contact the WSSBP CIC on: 01273 964239 or via

To find out more about the WSSBP CIC and upcoming events please visit


Advice to help businesses to recycle and to use recycled products WRAP


NetRegs - Government partnership provides guidance on environmental legislation for businesses.

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust - independent experts helping businesses to move to a low carbon economy.