Holiday accommodation providers reminded to reinstate waste and recycling contracts
2 June 2021
As coronavirus restrictions ease, businesses reopen and holiday accommodation now fully operational, Powys County Council would like to remind holiday accommodation providers to reinstate or sign up to a commercial waste and recycling contract.
Every business, organisation and charity have a duty of care by law (Environmental Protection Act 1990), to ensure that their waste and recycling is processed correctly. This includes accommodation providers such as bed and breakfasts, guest houses and holiday lets, whether they are registered for council tax or business rates.
"As the local authority, we have an obligation to ensure that all businesses and organisations in Powys are aware of their responsibilities for the waste and recycling that they produce." Explains Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling.
"The responsibility for businesses to ensure their waste and recycling is processed correctly and in compliance with legislation has been in place for many years. Not only do the regulations make businesses accountable for the waste they produce, ensuring that it is dealt with responsibly and lawfully, but they also encourage businesses to recycle as much as possible, helping to care for our environment."
To comply with these regulations and avoid any hefty fines, it is important to know what you can and can't do with waste from your holiday accommodation. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Do use a suitably licenced waste management company, such as Powys Commercial Recycling, to legally collect and process your waste and recycling.
- Do always ask to see the waste management company's waste carrier licence before signing up to a contract. You can also contact Natural Resources Wales to check that your chosen waste management company is registered to remove and process commercial waste and recycling.
- Do always ensure you receive a waste transfer note for your waste and recycling and keep safe for a minimum of two years.
- Don't dispose of any rubbish through the household waste and recycling collections for households.
- Don't let anyone take your rubbish and recycling away unless you have checked that they are a registered waste carrier and your waste is being taken to a site licensed to accept commercial waste.
- Don't use any of the Household Waste and Recycling Centres or Community Recycling Sites without a commercial recycling permit.
- Don't store your waste and recycling on public land or the highway without the permission of Powys County Council.
- Don't burn any of your waste and recycling without a permit from Natural Resources Wales.
If you would like some advice on your responsibilities and duty of care to process your business' waste and recycling lawfully, our Commercial Recycling team would be happy to help.
More information on commercial recycling is available online: https://en.powys.gov.uk/commercialrecycling