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Commercial waste

We offer a commercial waste collection service to businesses in Belfast. 

It includes: 

  • a collection service across the whole city 
  • a competitively priced and reliable service
  • a wide choice of commercial waste bins customer support
  • recycling service for commercial waste
  • Saturday collections in certain parts of Belfast
  • an evening collection service in Belfast city centre
  • a legal contract between us and your business
  • discounted rates for schools, charities and churches.

Food waste legislation

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency have introduced new legislation which means from 1 April 2016 all businesses that generate more than 50kg of food waste must have a food waste collection.

This weight will be reduced to 5kg on 1 April 2017, which will mean almost all businesses will need a separate food waste collection by 2017.

Businesses can arrange the collection through their own waste collection contract. Our commercial waste service can also provide a food waste collection, please phone us on 028 9027 0735 for more information.

As part of this new legislation, we will not collect commercial waste which contains 50kg or more of food waste from 1 April 2016.

For more information please contact Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Food businesses must dispose of all food waste including fats and oils responsibly. We encourage food businesses disposing of fats and oils to use grease traps to avoid blocking drains. For advice on dealing with fats and oils visit the Northern Ireland Water website.

Arranging a commercial waste collection

Phone us on 028 9027 0735 for more information. 

Types of commercial waste bins

  • 60 litre bagged waste - this is charged every six months in advance. We issue collection bags to cover a six-month period from the start of your contract. Extra bags can be ordered if needed.
  • 240 litre wheeled bin - there is a charge for this bin and collection fees are payable every six months in advance.
  • 660 litre bin - this bin is free but there is a collection charge which is invoiced monthly.
  • 1100 litre bin - this bin is free but there is a collection charge which is invoiced monthly.

Recycling service for commercial waste

Recycling can help reduce the amount of waste which ends up in landfill, and could reduce the number of collections you need.

We offer a range of commercial waste recycling services:

  • dry recycling (for paper, card, plastic bottles and aluminium cans)
  • glass recycling (for glass bottles and jars)
  • food waste composting
Dry Recycling
Paper Magazine / Catalogues
Cardboard Biscuit tins
Aerosol cans Soft back books
Food and drink tins Toilet roll tubes
Food and drink cartons e.g. milk or juice
Clean aluminium foil Cardboard food boxes (such as cereal boxes
 
  
Food waste composting - What goes in my bin? 
Food Waste Bones 
Fruit and vegetable peelings  Teabags and coffee grounds 
Egg shells  Takeaway pizza boxes (torn up) 
  

When you add a recycling service, we'll provide you with the relevant bin.

All our recycling bins are provided free of charge. If you don't have room for a recycling bin, we can provide you with recycling bags which take up less space.

Types of commercial recycling bins

  • 240 litre recycling wheeled bin - perfect for offices and smaller businesses, it can fit through standard doorways.
  • 660 litre recycling container - designed to fit through standard doorways and is ideal for large quantities of waste on premises with limited space.
  • 1100 litre recycling container - ideal for large quantities of waste, equivalent to five standard household bins.
  • 140 litre food recycling bin - to store used food waste bags until collection.
  • Recycling bags - ideal for dry recycling if you don't have the space for bins.
If you put any waste in your bin that is not permitted, we'll place a contamination sticker on it and

won't be able to collect it. Please remove the offending waste and leave the bin out for collection again on your next collection day. 

Prices

For prices, call us on 028 9027 0735 or email comwaste@belfastcity.gov.uk 

All customers must pay by direct debit.

All queries about invoices should be made to our Central Transactions Unit on 028 9027 0319

Collection days and times

Bins are collected Monday to Friday 7am to 3.30pm. 

They must be left out for collection by 7am to make sure they are emptied. We can't give specific collection times for individual premises.

Using your bin

  • Leave your bin out from 7am to 3.30pm on your collection day.
  • Please make sure bins can be easily reached by our staff.
  • Don't overfill your bin - make sure the lid closes properly. 
  • Any loose waste should be stored in the prepaid bags provided and tied securely.
  • Return your bin to your storage area after collection. Please don't leave it on the footpath or in the street.
  • Glass, metal or wood shouldn't be placed in prepaid waste bags.
  • Recycling: we can't lift paper or cardboard placed outside your bin.

Contact us

Commercial Waste Service 
Ground Floor
The Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP

Telephone: 028 9027 0735
Email: comwaste@belfastcity.gov.uk
Fax: 028 9027 0672

For specific queries: 

Invoicing, debt and account enquiries 
Telephone: 028 9027 0319
Email: centraltransactions@belfastcity.gov.uk

New and amended service requirements, marketing and sales information 
Telephone: 028 9027 0735
Email: comwaste@belfastcity.gov.uk

Operational enquiries (including missed collections) 
Telephone: 028 9027 0230 
Email: comwaste@belfastcity.gov.uk

Prepaid waste bags
Telephone: 028 9027 0298


Contact us
Commercial waste
028 9027 0735
Cleansing Services
Ground Floor
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP