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Commercial Waste

Last updated: November 12, 2018

What Does Commercial Waste Mean?

Commercial waste consists of waste from premises used mainly for the general purposes of a business or trade or for the purpose of recreation, education, sport, or entertainment. It does not include household, agricultural, or industrial waste as the result of construction activities.

It usually consists of a mixture of heavy loads of timber, concrete, bricks, tile, rubble, metal, plastics, plasterboard, cardboard, and paper. This material is typically the result of work done through all stages of construction, site clean-ups, and domestic clean-ups. Commercial waste is non-hazardous.

Safeopedia Explains Commercial Waste

Commercial waste is a type of industrial waste that is generated as the result of activities in the business sector. Unlike industrial waste, which comes from factories and industrial plants, commercial waste arises from the activities of wholesalers, catering establishments, shops, and offices.

It can be further sub-categorized based on the specific commercial activities, including hazardous waste (small in quantity but requiring special treatment) and commercial and demolition waste (large quantities, estimated at 72.5 million tons in 1999, but largely inert).

Sometimes referred to as business waste, disposal of commercial waste is typically the responsibility of each individual business. Companies are expected to make their own arrangements for the collection, treatment, and disposal of their wastes. Waste from smaller shops and trading estates where there are local authority waste collection agreements in place generally falls under the category of municipal waste.


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