Allerdale Borough Council launches new initiative to tackle trade waste issues in Keswick
In the coming weeks, Allerdale Borough Council’s Enforcement Team will be carrying out a programme of education and engagement surrounding trade waste in Keswick.
Keswick is home to numerous hotels, Airbnb’s and bed and breakfasts. The Enforcement Team will be speaking to the owners of such properties to ensure that they are aware of the rules and regulations surrounding trade waste and providing advice and guidance around how to set up a trade waste contract.
If you are proprietor of a hotel, an Airbnb or a bed and breakfast, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a trade waste contract in place.
Waste generated from a business operation, regardless of whether the business is part of your domestic residence, is liable for a charge for removal and disposal.
Disposing of trade waste in domestic bins is classed as fly-tipping and could result in a £400 fine.
Cllr Jim Lister, the council’s portfolio holder for waste services, said: “Commercial waste, also known as trade waste, is all waste generated as a result of operating a business, regardless of their size and whether they are part of your home.
“As Keswick is home to numerous hotels, Airbnb’s and bed and breakfasts, it’s incredibly important to ensure that businesses are disposing of their waste correctly and in compliance with the law”
“As a business owner, you are free to choose any registered waste carrier to provide your commercial waste collection service. However, by utilising the services of Allerdale Borough Council and Allerdale Waste Services, you will receive a reliable and cost-effective service, and have the peace of mind that we are disposing of your waste with full legal compliance, in an environmentally friendly way”.
Councillor for Keswick Ward, Cllr Markus Campbell-Savours, said: “Since my election in 2019 I have regularly been contacted by Keswick residents who are concerned that council taxpayers are footing the bill, emptying bins for properties that have moved onto business rates.
“I therefore fully support the important work which Allerdale Borough Council’s Enforcement team are carrying out, working with hoteliers, holiday let and bed and breakfast owners to ensure that they have the appropriate trade waste contracts in place”.
Similar campaigns have been successfully carried out in other towns across Allerdale in the past. Allerdale Borough Council work in partnership with Allerdale Waste Services to provide trade waste collection services around Allerdale. All of the council’s trade waste prices are based on the individual requirements of our customers and are therefore priced on application.