Commercial Waste Collections

Commercial Waste and Recycling Collected by the Council

Commercial waste includes waste produced from any business, including self-catering holiday lets.

The Council can collect commercial waste on a weekly basis to coincide with the existing household collection rounds. The Council requires commercial waste producers to purchase pre-paid commercial waste and recycling sacks.

If the Council's collection service doesn't meet your business needs, you can arrange a commercial waste collection via Richard Hand Haulage (01720 423007), or you bring your commercial waste to the St Mary's Waste and Recycling Centre, with a valid site permit.

Items will be weighed, and you will be charged accordingly. For a full list of prices, please see our Commercial Fees and Charges page. You must book a slot via or 01720 424400 before visiting the site.

It is the responsibility of the business to dispose of their waste in accordance with the Duty of Care Act 1990. They must also ensure that all waste is stored and disposed of responsibly.

Purchasing Council commercial waste & recycling sacks

Commercial waste and recycling sacks can be sold in rolls of 25 or individually. They can be purchased over the counter at the St Mary’s Library, or Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre. If you live on an off island and are unable to collect your sacks, we do offer a delivery service (please note that there is an additional charge for this service if a freight number is not provided). If you would like to order commercial sacks please complete the Commercial Sack Request form and return to

All off island commercial waste producers must purchase the Council's pre-paid sacks to cover the cost of processing, transporting and disposing of their waste produced.

How Can I Reduce the Cost of Commercial Waste?

Reducing the amount of waste your business produces will save money. An audit of your waste and recycling will show where wastage occurs and could help you form a waste reduction plan. 

What do I include in my commercial recycling sack?

Click here to download a PDF of our waste and recycling guidance. 


All items must be clean & dry and free from contaminants such as food, and glitter.

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs & trays
  • Household metals (aerosols, tin foil, tin cans).


  • Glass bottles & jars (we recycle these locally and so need to be taken to a bottle bank)
  • Paper of card with glue, glitter, embellishments or ribbons
  • Drink cartons
  • Tetra Pak 
  • Water filters 
  • Coffee pods
  • Pet food pouches
  • Baby food pouches
  • Plastic film & wrapping

If you put items in your recycling that we can’t accept, all the recycling may be rejected.

What do I include in my residual commercial waste sacks?

Please put all non-recyclable items in your grey commercial waste sack i.e. food waste, soiled products, nappies, sanitary, plastic films and wrapping.

Your commercial waste sacks should not contain any bulky, hazardous or electrical waste.

Where do I take other material I need to dispose of?

Materials such as, glass, fabrics, garden waste, scrap metal items, large rigid plastic items, household & garden chemicals, need to be brought to your local waste & recycling site for safe disposal / further recycling. Please contact or call 01720 424400 to book a slot to bring your items to the St Marys Waste and Recycling Centre.  

Report a Missed Collection

All material needs to be placed at your waste collection point by 8.30a.m on the day of your collection. 

If your waste and recycling has not been collected by 4.30p.m on your collection day, please email or call 01720 424450 (voicemail only).