Commercial Waste Guidance

Any rubbish your company produces that isn’t purchased by the consumer (e.g. take-away cups) is considered commercial waste.

Businesses have a legal obligation under Environmental Protection Act 1990 to make arrangements for collection in line with city centre standards. This is usually in the form of an agreed time and place to put your waste bags out for collection. Commercial skips are often subject to this arrangement, where the skips must be taken inside when not due for collection.

If waste is presented incorrectly, your business may be subject to a fine issued by Manchester City Council inspection officers. You must have an appointed waste contractor in place – and may be asked to present proof upon inspection.

Incorrect Presentation

  • Poorly bagged
  • Wrong location
  • Left out for unacceptable periods of time (for example presented in the morning for evening collection)
  • Unsuitable or hazardous materials included such as cooking fats, builder’s waste, chemicals.

If you are a CityCo or Manchester BID Member, and need assistance, please email