Commercial Waste

Commercial business rates do not include the disposal of commercial waste. A commercial enterprise must arrange waste removal with the Council or another licenced waste carrier. It is the responsibility of the trader to dispose of their waste in accordance with the Duty of Care Act 1990. Please note that businesses have a Duty of Care to ensure that all waste is stored and disposed of responsibly.


What is Duty of Care?

The Duty of Care is a law which says that businesses must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. It must be stored safely and securely and must not cause pollution to people or the environment.

The waste must be packaged in suitable containers so that it cannot fall out, blow away or escape from the receptacle.

It must be secured against unauthorised removal as far as is reasonably practical. Security should be sufficient to prevent the breaking open of containers and removal of waste by animals or the weather.


Commercial Waste Collections

The Council provides a commercial collection and disposal service for residual 'black' bag waste. If you wish to receive a collection for your business’ commercial waste please contact the Infrastructure team on 01720 424450 or email


What is the Cost for this Service?

Non Domestic Business Rates (NDRs) do not cover the removal or disposal of waste from business premises, the Council will remove and dispose of waste from commercial businesses for the cost of a pre-paid commercial waste sack. For our up to date fees and charges please follow the link below:

Fees & Charges

Please note, if your property is ‘residential’ (where an element of Council Tax is paid) then you are allowed two standard black sacks per week for non-commercial (residential) waste. Holiday lets that are subject to Council Tax (rather than Non-Domestic Rates) are classed as ‘residential’ properties and therefore you are allowed 1 domestic bin of waste per week for that property. This means that there will only be a charge for waste collection where additional bins of waste on top of this allowance are produced as a result of letting the property as holiday accommodation.  

For more information on the commercial waste & recycling sacks follow the link below:

Commercial Sacks


Commercial Waste Disposal & Recycling at the Porthmellon Site

Commercial businesses wishing to dispose of waste at the Porthmellon Waste and Recycling Site must have all the necessary PPE and adhere to the sites strict safety regulations. We also require them to have a valid vehicle permit from the council. For more information on the Porthmellon Waste & Recycling Site follow the link below:

Porthmellon Waste & Recycling Site


Charges for Off Island Commercial Waste

The Council of the Isles of Scilly introduced charges for off-island commercial waste for St Agnes, Bryher and St Martin’s from the 1st April 2016 to ensure that a fair system for charging for commercial waste is put in place across the islands. The cost of disposing our waste is high due to the islands’ distance from the mainland, a lack of on-island infrastructure to appropriately deal with waste in compliance with the law, and a low population base spread across 5 islands. It is therefore essential that charges are applied to commercial waste to cover the true costs of its disposal. For the list of our updated fees & charges see the link below:

Fees & Charges