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Council reminds holiday let accommodation owners of waste disposal responsibilities

Luke Stamper

Luke Stamper

Posted on 06 February 2023

Allerdale Borough Council’s Enforcement Team will soon start carrying out a month-long programme of engagement with holiday let owners in Keswick about on-going trade waste issues. 

The programme of engagement aims to ensure that all holiday let businesses within the area have the correct trade waste contract in place. 

Keswick is home to 813 holiday lets – all of these businesses have a legal obligation to have an appropriate trade waste contract in place. 

Starting from next week, Monday 6 February, the Enforcement Team will be sending out notices to holiday let owners, providing them with the opportunity to provide evidence of their current trade waste contact. 

Business owners will be asked to provide evidence of their waste transfer notes, a valid waste contract, and duty of care documentation. Further details will be provided within the notice. 

Business owners with a trade waste contract in place will have seven days to provide the requested documentation.

If business owners do not have a trade waste contract in place, they will be allowed 28 days to implement a trade waste contract for their business and provide the council with the requested documentation. 

Business owners who do not comply with trade waste legislation and who fail to provide evidence within this time frame could receive a £300 fixed penalty notice.

Cllr Jim Lister, Allerdale Borough 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 or whether they are part of your home. 

“As a business owner, you are free to choose any registered waste carrier to provide your commercial waste collection service. 

“Keswick is home to 813 holiday lets, so it’s very important to ensure that these businesses are disposing of their waste in compliance with the law.”